How does homestay work
International students often come to Australia to learn more about study opportunities and improve their English skills. Being late teenagers/early adults providing a supportive family environment helps them with the familiarisation of a new culture and settling in to new challenges. This is why we help students find host families. Homestay hosting is more than just renting out a room; and so the rewards are not only financial but also intrinsic. It is about introducing a young student to our culture, creating a warm, friendly home environment and in turn learning new insights about their cultures and often leads to lifelong friendships.
Homestay family requirements
To becoming a homestay host it is required that you have a spare bedroom(s) in your home in a suburb close to Brisbane and be able to provide a friendly home environment for a university student.
Overview of essential requirements:
- A safe, secure home within 30-40 minutes of Brisbane City via public transport.
- An individual room for the student with appropriate furnishings such as student bedroom (including bed linen), desk, chair, study light and cupboard space; as well as laundry and bathing facilities.
- Three or two meals a day depending on individual student arrangement.
- Speak English.
- Be prepared to spend some time to interact with the student, introducing them to our way of life and helping then find their way.
Steps to becoming a homestay host with NiceHomestay.net
- Complete the “Homestay Provider Details” form by downloading pdf form or online
- Once we have these details we will make an appointment for one of our homestay staff to inspect the premises
- Read, understand and sign our Nice Homestay documentation and policies. (This includes, for those who are renting to gain a signed letter of permission from your landlord to allow homestay hosting).
- Check your insurance policy and ensure you have public liability and household insurance.