Homestay for Students

AHN logoThis information is for international students wishing to enter into Homestay through the Australian Homestay Network (AHN).

Homestay is a cultural exchange between a local individual or family (called a host) and a visiting international student. It is a wonderful way to share a unique cultural experience. Homestay hosts will help you settle into Canberra and provide advice on general safety, accommodation and welfare information.

CIT has contracted with the Australian Homestay Network (AHN) to give international students the opportunity to be hosted by a specially trained AHN Homestay Host for their introduction to accommodation and living in Australia.

AHN is considered to be the leading Australian Homestay Manager and is committed to meeting the well-published Australian Homestay Standards. AHN has been chosen by the Institute to ensure the best welcoming experience possible for international students.

You can initially book an AHN hosted homestay placement for 2-4 weeks as part of your orientation to Australia. There is also an option to extend your original homestay placement after this period on the same or different service level.

AHN offers students a quality and secure homestay experience. All of our AHN Homestay families have undergone extensive training, police checks (as required), are personally interviewed and homes professionally inspected.

AHN provides Insurance to protect you and your belongings while in homestay, and a professional 24/7 helpline including interpreter services should you ever need assistance.  Please visit for detailed insurance information.

It’s all about the student experience...

An AHN Homestay can provide you with wonderful experiences and memories that last a lifetime.

You will enjoy everyday activities with your AHN Homestay Host including:

  • Orientation with the local community
  • Help with the basics of Australian culture
  • Taking part in everyday conversation and help with ‘Aussie’ words and phrases
  • Learning basics such as buying transport tickets, where the local shops are, how to access banking, internet, mobile phone services
  • Personal safety tips
  • Ongoing support and backup from the Australian Homestay Network (AHN)
AHN was commended by the Senate Inquiry into the Welfare of International Students for their standards of service in homestay for international students.   

AHN Student Homestay Applications

AHN aims to find you the best available Homestay based on your preferences.

Our AHN Staff are experts in Homestay placements and we have a high success rate in first time placements.

Your placement fee and initial Homestay fees will need to be paid in advance. This enables us to continue with your Homestay application and ensures that we are able to provide you with an early confirmation. For details on AHN products and homestay fees in Australia please click here.

Do you have a question? Please feel free to visit our Student Frequently Asked Questions.

How to Begin

To begin click here. To start the accommodation application process please click the ‘Join as a Student’. You will then be taken through the application form and once completed a Welcome Email will be sent to your email address. There will be a link in this email you will need to click to activate your account. Once your account is activated our Systems Administrator will assign your application to the relevant Supervisor who will begin the placement procedure.

If you have any difficulties receiving the Welcome Email, please click the following link for further information – Email Activation