Why is Homestay a great option?

The best introduction to life in a new country is to arrange your arrival accommodation with a host from an accredited Homestay organisation. During this time you will learn about the Australian environment, culture and get help with the ‘Aussie’ English language. To make the most of your opportunity, it is important for you to be comfortable and ‘at home’ in your environment including your accommodation. For this reason homestay accommodation is recommended for at least the first 4 weeks of your stay. A trained Homestay Host can help get you settled into your new life in Australia including looking at your future accommodation options.

Australian Academy of Commerce Homestay

Australian Academy of Commerce Homestay


Meridian Homestay Services is a Sydney based homestay provider with more than 20 years experience finding homes for students from all over the world. The team at Meridian Homestay Services is one of the most established, professional, focused and client aware Homestay Agencies in Sydney.

Meridian Homestay Services is committed to the care of students and providing them with high quality and affordable Homestay placements.

Meridian Homestay Services ensures:

  • All Homestay homes are visited and inspected by Meridian Homestay Services to ensure suitability
  • All adults in homes hosting students under the age of 18 years have a current Working with Children Check certificate
  • Students under the age of 18 will not be placed with a host family who does not have up to date clearances
  • All employees and contractors of Meridian Homestay Services hold a Working with Children Check
  • Any concerns or issues raised by students, agents, or host families are dealt with immediately
  • Maintaining the confidentiality of Students and Hosts personal information by complying with the Privacy Act (1988)

If you are a student and wish to apply for your homestay accommodation now, please click here

Australian Academy of Commerce Homestay


The Australian Homestay Network (AHN) is Australia’s largest and most recognised homestay provider. We successfully manage over 10,000 applications per year across all of Australia. At AHN we are committed to ensuring that a homestay experience is an enriching, secure and memorable cultural experience for both guests and hosts.The quality of our AHN standards, services and support have been commended by both Government and Education Industry representatives and include 24/7 professionally staffed emergency support, appropriate insurances, online payment services, online student and host orientation training and professional airport reception services —all managed through the AHN’s unique web-based “Homestay Management System™ for students, hosts, agents and institutions.

AHN Homestay Hosts are trained to assist international students:

  • Settle into their new community
  • Understand the basics of Australian culture and personal safety
  • Gain everyday conversational skills
  • Learn the community basics such as buying transport tickets
  • Organise banking, internet, mobile phones, etc.
  • Learn frequently used English and ‘Aussie’ words and phrases.

Australian Academy of Commerce Homestay

Above all, AHN hosts are trained to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable stay.

Unlike other accommodation options students don’t need to sign any long-term contracts, pay a bond, find furniture or search for a property themselves. Students are matched by a trained AHN Supervisor with a suitable AHN Homestay Host, according to the needs of the student and education provider location.

An AHN Homestay student is provided with:

  • a clean furnished room (this includes items like a bed, desk, wardrobe, chair and a study lamp)
  • a supportive family environment and home to live in
  • meals (as specified) and accommodation (including utilities)
  • ongoing Homestay host and student support
  • AHN 24/7 professional phone support
  • AHN contents insurance for students and hosts as per AHN Insurance Policy
  • bathroom and laundry facilities

AHN offers a range of service levels to cater for all type of guests, including ‘HomeShare’ which is ideal for more independent students. HomeShare is a no meals homestay option that is often much more affordable than a private room rental and is also a great welcoming introductory short term accommodation option. Apply for HomeShare here

If you are a student and wish to apply for your homestay accommodation now, please click here

For Australian Academy of Commerce accredited education agents, looking to place a student in Homestay please click here

If you are a potential host interested in welcoming a Australian Academy of Commerce student, please click here

Australian Homestay Network 24/7 contact number is: +61 2 8905 0321