Do you want to experience the Australian lifestyle and improve your English with native speakers at the same time?

Homestay is perfect for you. You will live with an Australian family who will welcome you into their home.

Approximately 60% of Hawthorn-Melbourne students live in homestay for part of their study period. We have 500 host families in the local community. All hosts are personally interviewed by the Accommodation Office staff and have a set of guidelines that make their obligations clear.

You will also receive a copy of these guidelines so that you understand your rights and responsibilities.

Homestay inclusions

Your homestay host will prepare the evening meal every night, and provide you with the ingredients to make your own breakfast and lunch.

For younger students under 18, your host will prepare your breakfast and lunch as well.

Your room

Your room will have a bed, desk, lamp and storage space for clothing. Most rooms contain one bed but there are also some homes with twin share rooms. Twin shares are sometimes requested by students travelling with a friend or brother/sister who is also studying at Hawthorn-Melbourne.

Some homestay families host more than one student at a time. We try not to place you in the same homestay as someone who speaks your first language, to help you speak English at home!

Minimum stay

The minimum stay in a homestay is 4 weeks. You must pay a bond (equal to 2 week's homestay fee) as well as 2 weeks' homestay fee in advance. You pay this directly to your host when they first arrive at the homestay. You then pay every 2 weeks, in advance.

Our homestay families

Homestay families are very diverse and like all Australians, they come from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. All of our hosts speak English at home, although many hosts are also able to speak other languages as well.

Only 30% of host families consist of two parents with children. One third are single parent families and another third are single women or men who enjoy hosting international students.

70% of our hosts have a pet dog, cat or both. It is important for you to be flexible in your homestay preferences, particularly during busy times, or it may not be possible to find a host family for you.


Hawthorn Learning Pty Ltd (ABN 50 124 208 171), CRICOS Provider Code 02931G