A homestay offers a secure, comfortable and enriching experience for both hosts and guests.

Homestay is a cultural exchange between a local individual or family (called a host) and a visiting student. The student lives as a guest in a supportive family-style environment in the host’s home. For many students, a homestay is a memorable and unique experience that helps them learn about Australian culture, live like a local and get help with the ‘Aussie’ English language.

All homestay hosts have been screened by the University’s homestay provider, the Australian Homestay Network (AHN), and are required to undergo training in order to provide a high level of service and comfort to the student.

AHN homestay hosts are trained to assist international students with:

  • Settling into their new community
  • Understanding the basics of Australian culture
  • Everyday conversational skills
  • Learning the basics such as buying transport tickets, where the local shops are, how to access banking, internet, mobile phone and personal safety tips
  • Frequently used English and ‘Aussie’ words and phrases

Above all, AHN hosts are trained to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable stay.

Unlike other accommodation options students don’t need to sign any long-term contracts, pay a bond, find furniture or search for a property themselves. Students are matched by a fully-trained AHN Supervisor to a suitable AHN homestay host according to the needs of the student and education provider location.

AHN homestay students are provided with:

  • A safe, welcoming environment and home to live in
  • A clean, furnished room (this includes items like a bed, desk, wardrobe, chair and a study lamp)
  • Meals (as per the chosen package) and accommodation (including utilities)
  • Ongoing homestay host and student support
  • 24/7 professional phone support
  • Insurance for students and hosts as per the AHN insurance policy

The visiting student will also have access to bathroom and laundry facilities. AHN offers a range of packages to cater for all types of guests, including traditional homestay (meals provided) as well as homeshare-style accommodation (no meals) which is ideal for more independent students. Students are welcome to extend their original homestay placement.

If you are a student and wish to apply for homestay accommodation, please click here to apply through the Australian Homestay Network, the preferred homestay provider of James Cook University.

If you are a potential host interested in welcoming a JCU student, please click here.