QUT Homestay - Further information
Staying with an Australian family is a great opportunity to practice your English and learn about Australian culture. You'll have your own room, and your host family will provide most of your meals.
If you're under 18 years of age, the Department of Home Affairs requires you to either:
- be placed in a QUT approved homestay until you turn 18
- live with a suitable relative who is eligible to be nominated as a carer until you turn 18.
Home Affairs requirements for students under 18 years of age
If you're staying in a homestay, you must also register with the under 18 supervision program.
Apply for the under 18 supervision program
How much will it cost?
The homestay placement (application) fee is $250.00 (non-refundable).
There are three homestay options:
- Option one
- Two meals a day (breakfast and dinner) Monday - Friday, and three meals a day on weekends
- $250 per week (homestay rental fee)
- $285 per week (homestay rental fee) - from 1st March 2020
- Option two
- Three meals a day
- $270 per week (homestay rental fee)
- $300 per week (homestay rental fee) - from 1st March 2020
- Option three (Under 18 students)
- Three meals a day
- $280 per week (Homestay rental fee. The extra $10 includes duty of care required by homestay hosts)
- $310 per week (Homestay rental fee. The extra $10 includes duty of care required by homestay hosts) - from 1st March 2020
** Please note the price changes effective from 1st March 2020
The cost of your homestay accommdation fee includes:
- a furnished bedroom (bed, wardrobe, desk, chair) and access to all shared areas of the home
- utilities, including water, electricity and gas.
There are additional costs for:
- Special dietary requirements: $30 per week
- Phone and internet: $5-$10 per week. You will be responsible for your own phone and internet bills. The cost of internet access at your homestay will be advised by your homestay host. Remember that you'll also have access to the internet and computers on campus.
How long can I stay for?
If you're staying with a homestay family, you must:
- stay for at least 4 weeks (Under 18 students must stay until they turn 18 years old)
- not arrive more than 7 days before the commencement of your course
- pay the first 4 weeks of your homestay accommodation fee within the first week after you move in; this is paid directly to your homestay host.
- negotiate with your homestay if you'd like to extend your stay
- pay the homestay fee one week in advance
- give at least one week's notice if you want to leave the homestay.
Living in a homestay
It is important that you develop a good relationship with your host family.
While you're living in a homestay, you are expected to behave appropriately and:
- be financially independent
- respect any household rules
- keep your room tidy and do your own laundry
- participate in family activities
- communicate with your host family.
Your host family is there to help you adjust to your new environment and culture, and it's important to communicate with them as much as possible. If you need to, carry a dictionary with you. Communication is the key to a successful homestay, so please talk to your family as much as possible.
Eating dinner with your host family is a great way to get to know the family better and to talk about your experiences. Interacting with your family and seeing how they act will help you learn about Australian behaviour and customs.
If you experience any problems with your homestay, you should talk to the Homestay Coordinator or International Student Services. Your Homestay Coordinator will help you resolve your difficulties and make sure you are safe and happy.
Please be aware that it is a Department of Home Affairs visa condition that you must attend at least 80 per cent of your class hours. It is important that you get a doctor's certificate if you are away from university because of illness.
How do I apply?
To apply to live in a homestay, you must read and accept all the terms and conditions of the homestay arrangement.
Apply for a homestay