Hosting an international student in your home is a rewarding experience. As a host you play a vital role in the life of our students as they take their first step in their international education journey.
You will receive ongoing support and advice from our experienced Students Services staff throughout your hosting experience.
As a host you will:
Homestay is a voluntary relationship. Homestay hosts are under no obligation to accept a student from Hawthorn-Melbourne. As a host, we ask that you keep us updated if you have any availability to host a student, we will then discuss any possible placements with you before placing a student in your home.
Hosting a student under 18 years
In addition to the above, hosts for students under the age of 18 years will
Students and hosts are carefully matched. When you register as a host with us, we will create a host profile that includes your hobbies, interests and family members.
When a student’s needs and preferences match a host’s profile, Student Services contact you by telephone and/or email to ascertain availability. You then receive a confirmation in writing along with the student’s details. Sometimes hosts and students like to make contact with each other by email before the student commences their journey to Australia.
Students are met at the airport by our transfer service ToGoTo Australia and brought directly to the campus (or to the host’s home) at a pre-arranged time. Some students elect to find their own way to the homestay on a designated date and time.
The Accommodation Office also makes appointments for students already in Melbourne to visit homes to see if they are suitable. The benefit of this arrangement is that it gives both parties an opportunity to meet each other before deciding.
Our students are studying in Australia to improve their English, they:
Upon arrival, the student should pay in cash directly to their hosts:
Students will continue to pay their rent every 2 weeks in advance, not by the calendar month.
Students are only put into a twin room at their request, and with the approval of their institution and Student Services. Twin shares are sometimes arranged for students travelling together, or as part of a study group. This price also applies to couples who have requested a double room.
Please contact our Accommodation Office to request an information pack:
Phone: (03) 9815 4033