​When you’re young and away from your own family, homestay in Victoria​, Australia is a great way to feel that you belong.

Settling in, learning a new language and finishing your studies can be hard when you arrive in a foreign country. Having the support of another family and a connection to your local community can make all the difference. Homestay in Australia will help you adjust quickly to your new life.

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Looking after your wellbeing

Your school will protect you and make sure you’re happy in your homestay arrangement. Your International Student Coordinator and school understand how important it is to feel happy with where you live​.

Keeping your study on track

Your homestay family takes their responsibilities very seriously, especially your safety. They’ll be well aware of your needs as a new arrival in Australia.

They really want you to enjoy your homestay. There are opportunities for extra-curricular and social activities, but they’ll also make sure that you’re home at a reasonable hour and spending enough time doing study and homework.

Helping you to settle in

Our homestay families often have a child or children of their own who go to the same school as you. Your homestay family is also a very valuable link to your local community. This will help you make friends both in and outside of school. You’ll feel like you really belong.

Extending your network

Friends are important, but having a host family is something else altogether. It means getting involved with the broader community, not just your school.

You’ll be introduced to a new network of friends and family, local community events and activities. It’s a completely different experience to boarding school, where your community tends to be inside the school.

A second family

Unlike other accommodation options, homestay in Victoria gives you the chance to fully immerse yourself in another culture and language.

Your host family will become like a second family. They’ll introduce you to their family and friends, involve you in their day-to-day activities and show you around their local area. Soon you’ll see that your homestay family also wants to learn from you, get to know you and understand your culture.

Selecting homestay families

Our schools select homestay families according to a clear set of criteria and the needs, preferences and expectations of individual students.

Variety of backgrounds

Our homestay families come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. For example, there are:

  • families with children your age
  • single older people
  • families with young children
  • older couples whose children have grown up and left home.

Regular site visits

A school representative regularly visits the homes of our homestay families to make sure the accommodation is comfortable and of a high standard for:

  • living and relaxing
  • doing homework
  • bringing friends over
  • sharing in family life.

Interviews and screening

We interview new homestay providers to check how well they can look after an international student. This includes making sure that everyone in the household over 18 years of age has a Working W​ith Children Check from the G​overnment.

Making a homestay profile

Your school representative will put together a profile so you and your own family can get to know your new hosts before you arrive. When you get this profile it’s very exciting. It marks the beginning of your experience of homestay in Australia. You can use it to start contact with your homestay family.

Monitoring homestay families


  • visit homestay families at least once a semester
  • invite families to school events and activities so they’re a part of your school community
  • involve the homestay family in helping you settle into your studies
  • do an annual review of all homestay families to make sure they’re meeting our high standards of care.​

CRICOS Provider Name and Code: Department of Education and Training, 00861K.
CRICOS Course Names and Codes: Primary (Prep to Year 6), 019047G; Secondary (7-12), 019048F; Victorian College of the Arts Secondary Course (7-12), 028651A.
Last Update: 28/09/2020 2:41 PM