Do you have a spare room?

Are you interested in learning about other cultures and teaching international students about Australia?

Do you live within 40 minutes of Central Station by public transport?


All you need to do is:

  • Have a spare room with a comfortable bed, chest of drawers/wardrobe and a study desk.
  • Provide 2 meals (breakfast & dinner) each weekday and 3 meals per day on weekends. As much as possible, students should be eating meals with your family.
  • Include the student in family activities and social events where they are able to interact and practice English.
  • Conduct a “First Day Practice” when each student arrives – before their first day of school, practice with them how to travel from your home to the College by public transport.
  • Have a helpful attitude e.g. help the students buy an Opal card, give them information and suggestions about Sydney, help them set up their phone.
  • Be friendly and help them feel at home.
  • When hosting underage students, also act as their guardians for the duration of their stay.


A weekly homestay fee is paid to help you care for the students.


If you are interested in being a homestay family for Sydney College of English, please fill out this application form and then Georgia, our Homestay Coordinator, will contact you shortly after.  If you have any questions first, please contact Georgia on



Your Family and Home

Include all family/household members' names, birthdays, occupations, countries of birth (and years in Aus if applicable)
Are you located close to shops, parks, transport, restaurants, beach etc.? Are there any amenities available to the students at your home eg. pool, gym?
Please note that charging is strongly discouraged, but the maximum is $10 per week and it's up to you to ask the student for this from their arrival.
To check if you are easily compatible with any students' specific dietary requirements.

Your Students

Unless in extenuating circumstances approved by SCE, the maximum number of students per household is 3
Note: teenage girls will not be placed in a home with teenage boys (family members nor students)
Students are asked to provide dietary requirements upon enrolment
Outside only

Homestay History

If yes, please give details
If yes, please give details


SCE requires two personal references from members of the community to attest to the good reputation and character of potential Host Families. Please ensure these people are prepared to be contacted.