Our Homestay helps you to quickly feel like you belong

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Living with a homestay family when you study in a Victorian government school (2:00 secs)

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

Living with a homestay family is more than just a room to sleep. Our homestay families offer:

  • full board accommodation and meals with an Australian family living in the local school community
  • the safety, security and welcoming environment of a real family
  • a great way to improve your English language skills and experience Australia
  • help to adjust quickly to your new life.

Helping you settle in

Settling in, learning a new language and finishing your studies can be hard when you arrive in a new country. Having the support of another family and a connection to your local community can make all the difference to your education, health and wellbeing.

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.

The safety and welcoming environment of a second family

Enabling you to have a safe, comfortable place to stay during your studies is just as important as the school you attend. 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.

Our families really want you to enjoy your homestay. So there are opportunities for family extra-curricular and social activities, but they'll also make sure that you are home at a reasonable hour and spending enough time doing study and homework.

Homestay selection and monitoring

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

Schools interview new homestay providers to check how well they can look after an international student. This includes visiting the homestay and making sure that everyone in the household over 18 years of age has a Working With Children Check from the government.

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.

You will also receive a homestay profile before you arrive so you can get to know your homestay family. 

Variety of backgrounds and experiences

Our homestay families come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. For example, there are: families with children your age, families with young children, single older people, and older couples whose children have grown up and left home


You can take your pick from heaps of great places to live or study whether you choose to live in Melbourne or in one of our student cities across Victoria, Australia.

Choose the best option for you and your family:

If you are under 15 years of age or have special needs


For more information, please speak to your education agent or see: DHA welfare arrangements for students under 18.

Our International Student Coordinators

We want you to have a true home away from home. Our international student coordinators make sure you're happy with your homestay family. 

After you arrive, your international student coordinator will check how you're settling into your new student accommodation. They're responsible for the quality of all accommodation, except if you are living with a parent or guardian, or relative approved by the Australian Department of Home Affairs

Find answers to your questions around our homestay >

CRICOS Provider Name and Code: Department of Education, 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: 20/12/2023 11:12 AM