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About Homestay accommodation

Brisbane houseHomestay accommodation is a great way to learn about Australian culture and to practise English in a safe, friendly and relaxed environment. We recommend that all our students and program participants choose to stay in homestay accommodation for at least the first 5 weeks of their course or program.

Homestay accommodation includes:

  • private bedroom with bed, desk, chair and wardrobe
  • access to all family areas of the home
  • breakfast and dinner on weekdays
  • breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekends
  • basic internet access (restrictions such as no large downloads can apply).

Homes are typically located within 10 kilometres of the UQ St Lucia campus. Transport to and from the campus is usually by bus, train or express river catamaran (CityCat) and on average takes between thirty minutes to one hour.

ICTE-UQ visits all families in their home before they are accepted as hosts and students/program participants are matched with their homestay family by the Institute’s experienced Accommodation Officers.

Homestay is available for a minimum of 5 weeks. Students can move in on the Saturday or Sunday before their course commences.

Homestay Guide

Find out more about Homestay - get our Homestay guide for students.

Homestay Placement Fee
2016: AUD$250 (non-refundable)

Weekly Homestay Fee
2016: AUD$250

Important information about Homestay fees

  • Homestay is available for a minimum booking period of five weeks. Refunds will not be considered for early departure except in exceptional circumstances.
  • All fees must be paid in full and in advance.
  • All payments for homestay accommodation must be made directly to ICTE-UQ. To ensure that accurate records are kept, payments between students/program participants and homestay families are not permitted.
  • The weekly homestay fee does not include telephone charges. Students are required to pay their homestay families directly for any homestay telephone services they use.   
  • Additional charges to extend your homestay booking, and in some cases move homestay family may apply. 
Book with course enrolment

Where possible homestay accommodation should be booked with your course enrolment. A homestay application section is included in the application form.

If you decide to book homestay accommodation after you have already enrolled in your course or program, you can apply using the separate Homestay Application Form.

If you plan to book homestay accommodation after you arrive in Australia please note that it can take up to two weeks to place you with a homestay family.

Flight arrival details should be supplied when booking homestay (if they are available) or as soon as they are confirmed. It is important that you advise the ICTE-UQ Accommodation Office of your flight number and arrival time so that they can let your homestay family know when to expect you and book your airport reception service (if you have asked for this).

When will I receive information about my homestay family?

Information about your homestay family including name, address, family members living in the home, interests and contact details will be sent to you  before you start your course or program.

Important information about booking homestay
  • Homestay check-in is available on the Saturday or Sunday prior to course commencement.
  • If you arrive on a flight after 8pm you will need to make temporary accommodation arrangements for the night of your arrival and check in to homestay the following day. Find information about short-tem accommodation options.
  • Homestay accommodation is only available while you are enrolled in an ICTE-UQ course or program.

Staying in homestay longer

  • If you would like to extend your stay in homestay, you should first check with your homestay family if this is possible and then contact the ICTE-UQ Accommodation Office to arrange the booking.
  • If you can remain with the same host family, you must provide full payment for the extension before your original check out date. Payments not made before the original date of check out will incur a late fee of AUD$50.
  • If you cannot remain with the same homestay family, the Homestay Placement Fee of AUD$250 will apply to place you with a new homestay family.  

Leaving homestay early

  • If you want to leave homestay early, you must first provide your homestay family with a minimum of one week notice.
  • You should then contact the ICTE-UQ Accommodation Office to arrange for a refund of any unused homestay fees. (Please note the minimum 5 week booking period is not refundable except in exceptional circumstances)
  • Refunds generally take 2-4 weeks.  


Desirée van Aswegen or Jane Clarke 
Accommodation Officers
Room 525, Sir Llew Edwards Building
 +61 7 3346 6737 / +61 7 3346 6738

Office hours: 8.00am – 6.00pm