If you have been thinking about Homestay in Australia, read on.
Once you have received your visa and enrolled into your course, you will decide where to live. There are many different types of accommodation to consider. One of those is Homestay in Australia. This involves staying with an Australian family in their home. This can be a great option for international students.
You have time to settle into life in Australia.
Being an international student is an adventure of a life time. It is normal to feel homesick though, when you first move to another country. Due to a different culture and language, it can be hard to adapt to new surroundings. Arranging a homestay when you first come to Australia, means that you will still have all of the comforts of home, with a family that can help you settle into your studies. You can stay with a homestay family for a short time and then if you want to be more independant, you can move out into private rental accommodation. Your homestay family can help you to find a place, advising you on the best suburbs to live.
You can learn about Australian culture.
Living with an Australian family is the best way to learn about the Australian way of life. You could join your host family on weekend trips, try new foods or attend sporting events. Your host family will also have a lot of local knowledge that they can share with you, such as how to use public transport in your city and which destinations to visit during your study breaks. You will also be able to teach your host family about your own culture and what life is like in your home country.
You can improve your English language skills.
Staying with an Australian family means that you will be able to practice your English at college and at home. Your English will improve quicker this way and you will learn words and phrases that are part of the Australian culture. Australians often speak quickly, so it is a great way to ask questions about what they are saying and have things explained to you in more detail, at your own pace.
Homestay families are safe and welcoming.
Families who provide homestay accommodation are interviewed and carefully screened by institutions and accommodation agencies to make sure that they will provide an appropriate environment for a visiting student. There are many different types of homestay families, including parents with children, retired couples and single individuals. You may be able to submit preferences on your application form relating to your dietary requirements, your preferred family type and pets.
Homestay can be a cheaper option.
Sydney is an expensive city, with homestay a more affordable option. The average cost, for homestay accommodation, is $110 to $270 per week AUD. Other private rentals are over $400 per week. There can be fees attached to homestay placements, so as part of your research you should do all of the numbers. Ask the homestay families about additional costs and using the telephone and the internet. Meals are often included.
Where to find information about homestay.
You can arrange homestay accommodation through your college or through a recognised homestay agency such as the Australian Homestay Network. For more detailed information about arranging a homestay, you should contact individual institutions.
SELC Career College offers a variety of English and vocational education courses. Our students choose a variety of accommodation options, which include homestay. For more information, please see our website or call us to speak to a student advisor.