Home Stay For Students
Home Stay is one of the best ways for international students to study the Australian culture. Staying with a local family, you are expected to communicate in English, to adapt and learn how the people here live their life. You are also encouraged to share your own culture and participate in the daily activities of the host family
It's not a new thing for overseas students to home stay in Australia, especially those who have just come or traveled abroad for the first time. Home stay is one of the easiest methods to find accommodation in Australia. There are many long-established businesses who can introduce high quality and trusted home stay services to students. Hence, you need not worry about its safety.
The weekly fee ranges from $250 to $300 per week depending on your level of service. Usually, they provide only lunch and dinner on weekdays except during the weekend, breakfasts will be available. A four week placement is normally one of the requirements. After those four weeks, you can decide whether you want to stay further or move out. You might be thinking whether it's worth paying that much amount of money. It's up to you to make the decision. However, I would like to give you some figures to help you work out the best solution. In 2011, single rooms costed around $200/week (5 min walking to your university) or $150/week (40 min walking to univ). As for double rooms, it was around $250/week. Keeping those figures in mind, home stay in my opinion is not a too expensive option. The reason is that students with low budget spend roughly $50/week on food and clothing which adds up to around $200/week ($150 on accommodation + $50 on food). If you decide to home stay, you just have to pay another $100. On return, you can learn Australian culture and study English with locals. Moreover, finding your own accommodation can be hard if it's your first time to travel overseas. You might not know how to find suitable rooms, whether you can trust the landlord of your house, whether you will incur any extra cost, which services are provided along with your accommodation, whether your housemates are friendly people or trouble makers who always annoy you when studying. With home stay, it's different. You will be assured with what you are promised. You should expect to be provided with your basic needs including your own room, food and space to study. in most circumstances, a thirty minute journey to your university is what will happen. You can choose which suburb to live and express your preferences with regards to your home stay when registering with your home stay service provider.
Depending on the host, there will be a list of specific requirements to follow during your home stay period. For example, the host can be a busy business man who doesn't have time to wash his clothes during the weekdays. Hence, he/she might ask you not to wash clothes over the weekend giving him/her the time to do that. You should be clear with what you are allowed to do and not to do. Australian people are very friendly and willing to help you. If you, for example, don't know how to use the washing machine, just ask them. If you are still uncertain, ask them again. There shouldn't be any problems. You also might be wondering how to call your host. Ask your host what they prefer you to call them. They may suggest "Mum" or "Dad" or this may be their given name. There may be more questions such as "how long can I stay on the Internet?", "can I invite my friends to come over?". They are all up to your host. Just ask them politely, they will be answering you and giving you great support.