Please note: the Homestay program is a service operated by a private agency and is not a JCU service – further information is available from the links below.

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A Homestay is a type of accommodation for students whereby a student lives with an Australian family in their home. Students are provided with an opportunity to experience the genuine Australian culture and lifestyle as well as have many opportunities to meet people, make friends and, of course, practice their English language skills.

A homestay package typically includes 2 meals per day, a private bedroom with basic study facilities and access to other household facilities. Most are located on a bus route to James Cook University.

Typically a minimum stay is 4 weeks but shorter stays may be negotiated. This provides students with the opportunity to ease into their university life and become familiar with their surroundings before committing to share accommodation or rental elsewhere.

ASAP’s homestays have been approved by the Commission for Children and Young People and each family is interviewed to assure quality control.

For further information, contact ASAP Homestays or email

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