Homestay Accommodation


For many students who are away from home for the first time, this choice of accommodation provides a good way to learn about the Australian lifestyle and customs whilst living in a family environment.

A homestay family in Australia can mean many things. It can be a family consisting of a mother, father and children, or a single mother or father with or without children.

Australia is a multicultural country where many people from dierent countries have come to live and are now Australian citizens. In many Australian families, both parents will work and may not be at home when you are.

Ad Astra Institute uses the services of the Australian Homestay Network to provide our students with exclusive access to homestay accommodation. The Institute’s role is limited to facilitating contact between the student and the agency. The Institute takes no responsibility for the accommodation provided.

What is Included:

  • Families are carefully screened
  • Involved with family activities
  • Own bedroom (includes a bed, desk & wardrobe)
  • Safe environment
  • 3 meals per day (breakfast & lunch self serve, cooked dinner)
  • Assistance with cultural differences
  • Electricity, gas and water bills

Student Responsibilites:

  • Paying their rent in advance
  • Adhere to the homestay’s house rules
  • Telephone calls
  • Internet accounts
  • Personal toiletries
  • Communication with families
  • Tidying their room


  • Accommodation Placement Fee $270.00 AUD (including airport reception)
  • Weekly Homestay Rent $250.00 AUD

How to Book:

  • Forward $270.00 AUD to Ad Astra Institute with tuition fees. This amount is non-refundable.
  • Forward arrival details (at least two weeks in advance).
  • Complete a homestay application form listing student’s individual requirements.
  • Upon receipt of the above, a homestay family is then selected and a family profile forwarded to the student.


Privately Owned Shared Accommodation


Suitable for students who have arrived in Australia and are studying at any campus. Students who are looking for privately owned accommodation can find rental properties listed with commercial real estate agents.

Students who wish to find private rentals will need to apply for a lease. The lease on a property will be between 3-12 months. This type of accommodation is usually a share house.

Students will have their own bedroom and share the kitchen, bathroom and living areas with the other members of the house. Weekly rental costs range from $130 – $250 AUD per person depending on location and the facilities of the house or apartment.



Students are encouraged to contact the landlord for an inspection before signing any agreements.


How to Book:

International students, please refer to the following suggested websites:


Accommodation for Families/Couples


Suitable for students studying at all campuses. Students who wish to find accommodation as a couple or as a family are encouraged to look at the following options:

UniLodge @Melbourne
  • $263.00 AUD per week for a single room
  • $447.00 AUD per week for a Studio twin with a bathroom (Check website for more details)

Note: A minimum stay may apply (usually one semester). A bond, equivalent to one month’s rent, is also required.

Students who would like further information on accommodation options in Melbourne may also find the following website useful for information relating to living in Melbourne.

Other Accommodation Options

Students may wish to consider the following accommodation options which can be booked directly with the accommodation provider:


Full information about the range of services provided and associated costs can be found on the website, or by making an online enquiry directly to the provider.