Homestay is a great way to experience your first visit to the National Capital. Living with a local Canberran family can enrich your new life in Australia, providing you with a welcoming and stable environment where you can concentrate on your studies and make the most of your time here.

About Homestay

  • Live as a guest in the home of a local individual or family while you’re studying in Australia.
  • The Australian Homestay Network’s (AHN) Homestay experience is a standards-based homestay program.
  • A great way to discover the culture and customs of Canberra and even make lifelong friends with your host family.

Homestay Features

  • Homestay residences are self-catered and provide comfortable, fully furnished, single bedroom accommodation that includes: phone line, heating, shared kitchen, bathroom, laundry, living rooms, television and car parking.
  • A clean, furnished room that includes a bed, desk, wardrobe, chair and a study lamp.
  • Meals are included (if specified) along with household utilities (electricity, gas, etc.).
  • A supportive family environment and home to live in.
  • AHN 24/7 professional phone support.
  • AHN contents insurance for students and hosts as per AHN Insurance Policy.

Why is Homestay a great option?

AHN hosts are trained to ensure international students have a safe and enjoyable stay in Canberra. They can assist you with:

  • settling into their new community
  • understanding the basics of Australian culture and personal safety
  • gaining everyday conversational skills
  • learning the community basics such as buying transport tickets
  • organising banking, internet, mobile phones, etc.
  • learning frequently used English and ‘Aussie’ words and phrases.

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  • Room type: Private single room
  • Weekly rate:
  • Including all meals - starts at AUD $295*
  • No meals - starts at AUD $210*
  • Placement fee and airport pick up fee: Approx. AUD $410*

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Homestay Options


The Southern Cross Education Institute (SCEI) in association with AHN offer HomeShare; an extension of the AHN Homestay product and ideal for the more independent student wanting to live in an Australian home as a ‘Home Share’ guest.

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Homestay for Agents

CIT Educational Agents can partner with AHN to ensure the best welcoming experience possible for their international students.

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Become a Host

Do you have a spare room? Do you live near public transport? Would you be a good mentor for a new visitor to Australia?

If you answered “YES” to any of the above questions then you may qualify to join the Australian Homestay Network.

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How to Apply

You can apply for Homestay online through the AHN website at