If you want to experience life in an Australian home and live with a local family, then Homestay is the program for you!

You can share your culture with your new family as they help you explore Melbourne. You'll make new friendships that will last after you leave.

If you're interested in becoming a homestay host, visit our Monash homestay services page.

Homestay host and student

Provider: Monash Homestay Accommodation Services (HAS)

Who: All Monash students.

Location: Throughout Melbourne.

Travel: Within one hour or less of a Monash College or University campus.

Facilities: Australian family environment, three meals per day, utilities. You will have your own bedroom with a bed (and linen), desk, chair, lamp and storage for your clothes. Usually you will share a bathroom with the rest of your family.

Cost: $378 per week + $350 placement fee

Hear about Audrey's homestay experience


“Living in homestay has been amazing – it has helped me improve my English and learn about Australian culture.”

Before you arrive

Before you arrive, we'll send you an information pack about your host family. You'll receive a student orientation manual (PDF, 0.37 MB) and pre-departure information (PDF, 0.03 MB) so you know what to expect before you arrive.

When you arrive

When you arrive a free airport transfer will take you to meet your homestay family. It usually takes two weeks for you to settle into your homestay and adjust to your host family's routine. Please communicate with the HAS team if you have any questions.

In the case of emergencies we offer a 24-hour telephone hotline.

How to apply

Step one: Application form

To apply, submit an application form. You will need:

  • agent details (if you have an agent)
  • your contact details
  • emergency contact information
  • your guardian's details (if you are under 18).

Tips for applying:

  • Read the terms and conditions before clicking 'accept'.
  • Click 'group' if you are part of a study group. Click 'individual' if you are not.

If you do not receive a confirmation email or if you have any questions, please email us.

Step two: Pay your fees

When we have matched you with a homestay host, we will email you an invoice with:

  • $350 placement fee details (non-refundable)
  • homestay fees for the length of your stay.

When you have paid your invoice, please email us a copy of your receipt. We will then send you your host's profile.

Step three: Arrival details

  • Send us your flight information. We will tell your host family when you're arriving.
  • Book your free airport transfer at least three days before you arrive.
Have you got a question?
Email us at or call us on +61 3 9902 0122

Homestay hosts

If you're interested in becoming a homestay host, visit our Monash homestay services page.