Living in a homestay

If your child is in middle or secondary school, you can arrange for them to live in homestay accommodation in the Northern Territory.

Homestay accommodation is for international students who:

  • have a subclass 500 student visa
  • are studying at a government school in Darwin
  • are at least 15 years old
  • are unable to live with parents or family while studying.

Homestay hosts provide a safe and welcoming place to stay, and take on a care and support role for international students.

The homestay host does not become your child’s legal guardian.

The Department of Education carries out a review of existing homestay arrangements every six months.

If your child lives with a homestay family, they can expect to get all of the following:

  • their own air-conditioned bedroom with furniture including:
    • bed
    • mattress
    • wardrobe (or storage for clothes)
    • study desk
    • chair
    • study lamp
  • bed linen
  • meals
  • toiletries
  • access to laundry facilities
  • access to internet
  • keys to the house
  • an introduction to the local area and available facilities including public buses
  • a friendly and relaxed atmosphere where they are treated as a family member.

When living in homestay accommodation, your child must:

  • clean their own bedroom
  • help with household chores
  • obey the household rules
  • behave in a respectful manner
  • ask permission from their host before inviting friends over
  • pay for household items if they are broken or damaged
  • not remove any property from the premises without the host's consent.

For more information or to apply for homestay accommodation, contact International Services.

Read the table below to find out about homestay fees.

All fees are in Australian dollars.

Initial student airport pick up Free of charge
Homestay accommodation $280 per week which includes:
  • access to breakfast
  • ingredients to make lunch
  • snacks
  • cooked dinner.

Students are to have the same access to food as all other residents of the household.
Students must have their own room. Some families may charge more depending on the services they provide.

Room retention $50 per week when you are absent from your homestay accommodation during stand down time.

Homestay families can ask for up to 50% of the weekly board if the student is away from the homestay during school semester time (minimum one week).
Storage of belongings If students need to store their belongings with a homestay host before moving in, they will need to pay $50 per week.
Accommodation placement fee$280

Last updated: 29 January 2020

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