SCE has a long running homestay program for both adult and underage students. Homestay offers students the
opportunity to live in a safe and caring environment while they can learn the local lifestyle and culture,
make friends, and continuously practice and improve their English skills. On the other hand, homestay offers
the host family the opportunity to learn about other cultures, act as ambassadors of Sydney, and develop
international, long-lasting friendships.
The basics provisions a homestay family provides to their students are:
Private and comfortable bedroom with a solid bed, desk, chair, and wardrobe/drawers
Sufficient lighting, heating, and cooling
Breakfast and dinner everyday as well as lunch on the weekends/non-school days
Wireless internet access
Bed linen and towels, changed regularly
Access to common areas of the house including kitchen, bathroom, and laundry facilities
First Day Practice – travelling with the student on the weekend or their first day of school from home to SCE and back to teach them the public transport route
Plenty of time spent together in the afternoons and evenings, especially over dinner, and on the weekends
A clean and tidy home
A house key for access to the home
Qualities required in homestay families include:
Cultural sensitivity e.g. Considering different bathroom habits
Flexibility e.g. Accounting for different food preferences
Caring and friendly nature e.g. Showing the student different places around Sydney
Helpful and proactive eg. Helping students with SIM cards, Opal cards, English homework
Patience e.g. Understanding the students can struggle to communicate as they are just learning English
Communicative e.g. Discussing any concerns about a student with SCE
Responsible e.g. Knowing the whereabouts of the student if out with friends or exploring Sydney
Homestay families can elect to host males only/females only, adults only/kids only, or happy with anyone. Our students study for all different purposes and with different goals so there can be short-term students learning some English while on holidays and also long-term students preparing to move into an Australian high school or tertiary course. Students arrive with varying English levels and come from all different countries and cultural backgrounds.
Joining the SCE Homestay Program offers security in your homestay placements as SCE is an intermediary between students and families, dealing with all bookings, payments, and changes, and helping to mediate any concerns that should arise.
Students must be able to travel to and from SCE within 60 minutes and the closer, the better.
Teenage girls are not placed into homes with teenage boys.
There are highs and lows in the demand of homestay throughout the year so you should expect breaks from hosting.
Some placements are long-term, but many students are just here for a short period of time.
Hosting a student is not like renting out a spare room. Homestay families agree to take students into their day-to-day family life.
All adults in the home must have a Working with Children Check.
All household members must speak fluent English, no matter if not born in Australia, and speak English at home.
A weekly fee is paid by SCE to cover the student’s stay including all food, utilities, and laundry use.
If you are interested in becoming a homestay family for Sydney College of English, please fill out this application and our Accommodation Manager, Georgia, will contact you. If you have any questions first, please contact Georgia on firstname.lastname@example.org.