Homestay

We offer a range of Homestay options in both Dunedin and Central Otago. Homestay is a unique experience, different from boarding or flatting. It's when you live with a New Zealand family, and experience first hand the “Kiwi way of life”.

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Live with a kiwi family

Homestay is an accommodation option mainly used by international students who would like to experience what it's like to live in a typical New Zealand home. This option can also be utilised by domestic students who are looking to move to Dunedin, or Central Otago from around the country and want a family-like environment.

Our Homestay host families live in different suburbs and areas of Dunedin, and Central Otago. They come from both New Zealand, and all around the world and want to share their home with students. At their home, you will have your own bedroom with a bed, chest of drawers, wardrobe and a desk or quiet study space.

Download the Homestay Handbook

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Benefits of Homestay

Homestay accomodation is a great way to discover the food, culture and family way of life in a safe and supported environment. This allows students to develop their English language, receive support, care and individual attention, and participate in family activities and celebrations.

In return, students can teach their host families about their lifestyle, food, culture and home country. To students and their host families, we hope you enjoy your homestay experience and make the most of everything each has to offer.

Homestay costs

Independent students $38 per night / $266 per week plus one-off placement fee of $280 (internet not included*, 2-3 days of transport, 3 meals a day)
CAP students $38 per night / $266 per week plus one-off placement fee of $280 (internet not included*, 2-3 days of transport, 3 meals a day)
International College of Technology (ICT) and under 18 students $38 per night / $266 per week plus a one-off placement fee of $280 (internet included, 1 week of transport, 3 meals a day)
Short course students $48 per night / $336 per week plus a one-off placement fee of $200 (internet included, transport included, 3 meals a day)

*Some homestay hosts allow you to use the internet at home for a small fee ($30.00 maximum per month), but you can also access the internet at Otago Polytechnic.

NOTE: The minimum stay in Homestay Homestay is four weeks. There is limited availability of homestay accommodation in Central Otago.

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Get in touch

Our homestay coordinators can help you with any questions, talk you through the Homestay process and guide you through an application.

Information for host families

Our homestay coordinators can provide assistance with any queries, problems or concerns regarding the homestay process. This includes placement of international students, payment and notification if the student is leaving your home or going on holiday, homestay arrangements and how the student is settling into your home. Support is also provided for both you and your student if you are concerned about their wellbeing or issues arising from their behaviour.

If you're keen on becoming a host family, or have a question, please get in touch.

Contact us

If you’re not sure what to study and would like some guidance, we’re here to help. Feel free to chat to us directly about any questions you may have.