Are you looking for an authentic Australian experience? Homestay will allow you to live with a local family while studying in Wollongong.
Information for students
Home away from home
Our homestay program is so much more than just a place to eat and sleep. You will receive a complete immersion into the local lifestyle. Your UOW College Homestay Host Family will advise and care for you as you learn to find your way around a new city and a new culture.
Your English will improve
Speaking English with your host family will provide an opportunity to practice your listening and speaking in a relaxed and supportive environment. Your family will also help you to understand the meaning of tricky new words you learn during your stay (particularly helpful for our ‘Aussie slang’ – which you will not find in your dictionary). Having many different people to talk to, about a broad range of everyday topics, will improve your vocabulary, your listening skills, your pronunciation and your confidence.
Our accommodation is cost effective
Staying with a UOW College Homestay family is very cost effective. The accommodation price includes your fully furnished room, bedding, linen, water, gas, electricity, laundry expenses, breakfast every day, dinner every day and even lunch when you are home on weekends (and all the English practice you can get). We believe one of the cheapest ways to live in Wollongong is with our registered host families.
Important information - before you register
Students should only plan to arrive in Homestay a few days before the commencement of their classes. Students who plan to holiday in Wollongong before their course begins, will need to book alternate accommodation for that time. We recommend arriving on the weekend (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) before your course commences.
International students under the age of 18
The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) must be satisfied that appropriate welfare arrangements are in place for under-18 students before a visa is granted.
Visa condition 8532 requires that under-18-year-old students maintain suitable accommodation, support and general welfare arrangements.
For under 18 year-old students wanting to stay in accommodation approved by UOW College, the College must nominate the start and end dates of the period they are taking responsibility for the student. These dates are determined as follows:
UOW College program: English Language Programs / Academic Programs
Start date: 7 days before the course start date
End date (whichever occurs first): 7 days after the completion of course, OR The date the student turns 18
If you have more questions, please refer to our frequently asked questions.