To get a real taste of everyday life in Australia you can stay with an Australian family that has decided to open their home to students. This option is very popular with people new to the country and it’s a great way to get settled in and learn your way around before making a final decision on where to live. Homestay accommodation is offered on a short or long term basis and the institution you are attending can help you get settled with a family that has been selected based on very strict criteria. Matching you and the family is important and this is safe.
The minimum stay with an Australian family is four weeks and you may have your own room or you may share it with another student. The amenities in the room are provided by the host family and may differ from one to the other. You will share the rest of the home with the family and your meals will be provided by them, usually in a half board/full board scheme.
You should arrange for homestay before arriving in Australia by speaking with a counselor so they can get all of the arrangements made and set you up with a suitable family as soon as you arrive. Keep in mind that you will be required to abide by the rules set out by your host family and you may not have as much freedom as you could in other accommodation.