Accommodation Services at the University of Tasmania offers an excellent Homestay program for students studying at the University.
Homestay accommodation, where available, provides a safe, caring, and rewarding environment with an Australian host. Homestay is about experiencing Australian culture with a local family and students can improve their English faster by talking with their hosts.
What to expect in Homestay
Australia is a very multicultural society. Your Homestay host(s) may come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures and may not have a 'traditional' family structure with a mother, father and children.
Families in Australia are varied; some have only one host parent, some will have host parents from another cultural background, and in many families both parents work. A household may also include other homestay students. Most families have a pet, usually a cat or dog. Pets will often come into the house.
In Homestay accommodation, students have their own bedroom and will share bathroom facilities. Students are like a member of the family, and are encouraged to participate in daily life and activities with the family.
The Homestay host prepares the evening meals and provides students with food to make breakfast and lunch. Students are encouraged to cook food from their home country and host families love trying these dishes!
Students living in Homestay are subject to guidelines, which are outlined in the Student Homestay Agreement. The Homestay host may also have family 'rules' which help all members to live together and to know what is expected.