Updated: Oct 31
As with many countries that attract international students, Australia is going through a housing crisis. International Students are one of the most affected cohorts. Without a credit history or local references, competing for accommodation is very difficult. As a result, more and more students are relying on homestay for part, or all, of their student journey.
According to the Australian Homestay Network (AHN), which alone has placed over 80,000 students into this form of accommodation, current pricing for 18+ year olds averages $360/week for a private room with 3 meals a day or $268/week without meals.
Homestay has typically been the domain of ELICOS students wanting to experience Australian culture & practice their English. However, students at all levels of education are now seeking out homestay options, putting more pressure on homestay providers.
The timing could not be better to ensure that the quality of homestay providers is top-notch.
The industry has heard plenty of stories about students living in over-crowded accommodation, being forced to pay additional fees for services that should be included, and/or being subjected to sub-standard facilities.
The number of International Student relying on homestay for their accommodation is expected to climb. At up to $350 a week with meals included, it’s a great way for families to earn extra income.
National English Language Teaching Accreditation Scheme (NEAS) will independently manage the standards program. The Australian Homestay Network (AHN) is the first business endorsed by the new program.