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Homestay | Student accommodation | Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia


Homestay allows visiting international students to live with a local family or resident (called a host). The program is a great way for students to learn English and experience the Australian lifestyle.

Swinburne is proud of our partnership with the Australian Homestay Network (AHN) for all short and long term homestay options. AHN is an industry leader in providing compliant homestay offerings to students throughout Australia.

What is homestay?

You are matched by a fully trained AHN supervisor to a suitable Australian host according to your needs and the location of the campus where you're studying.

Homestay includes:

  • a furnished private room in a caring family environment (includes desk, chair and study lamp)
  • access to bathroom and laundry facilities
  • household utilities (electricity, gas, etc.)
  • students over 18 receive two meals (breakfast and dinner) per day Monday - Friday and three meals on Saturday and Sunday
  • Homestay host and student support
  • AHN 24/7 professional phone support
  • AHN insurance as per AHN insurance policy

After the initial 28 day stay, students over 18 may choose further options - View 2016 Melbourne AHN Homestay Options [PDF 273KB].

Fees and conditions

Fees vary depending on the type of meal and room options you choose. If you are over 18 you can expect to pay $295 per week for the first 28 days. If you are under 18, you can expect to pay $335 per week. There is a placement fee of A$240.

Bookings should be made at least ten days prior to arrival. There is a minimum 28 day / 4 week Homestay.

International students under 18

Individual homestay approval is required by Swinburne International for students under the age of 18. This approval process is completed during the under-18 application process.

How do I host international students for homestay?

If you are interested in becoming a homestay host, you can find more details at the Australian Homestay Network.