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What is Homestay

Homestay involves the provision of accommodation in a family home, a selection of meals as requested and a caring, safe, nurturing environment for international students studying in Australia

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What is not included

Students are responsible for their own toiletries and laundry powder. They may be offered a towel, however students may prefer to use their own. Students will use their own phone and personal devices. They will access their own methods of transportation, including public transportation, and will purchase their own transport cards. WiFi access is only provided if a student has selected this option in their paid services.

What is provided?

Students require their own furnished bedroom, access to laundry and bathroom facilities and a quiet area to study. The bedroom needs to have a window, bed, and a desk, or a quiet area in the home for study. There needs to be ample cupboard/dresser space for their belongings. Bedding is included. Adequate heating and cooling is required. They will have access to the common areas of the home, including the lounge room and kitchen.  

Students who select roomstay require space in the refrigerator, as well as the kitchen cupboard.  They will do their own cooking, they have access to the appliances, cookware and utensils. General items such as toilet paper and light bulbs are included.

How does the online booking work?

Students can select the length of time they choose to stay, and pay for the length of stay at the time of booking. There is no minimum stay, provided they can find a host willing to agree to the time requested. Hosts are able to confirm or decline the request to stay for the length required. Should a student wish to extend their stay, they need to re-book the room through StudentBNB.  Private arrangements is against the Ts and Cs, and hosts will be removed from our database should they enter a private arrangement with a student.

No meals? No problem!

Roomstay provides students the opportunity to live independently in a home that has been checked by GBS for suitability and safety. Roomstay offers property owners the opportunity to rent a room to a student, without the need to sign contracts or collect any money.  Hosts have the benefit of renting a room to a student who has been security checked by the government through their visa granting process.

Why is my property not showing on StudentBNB
To ensure your property shows on the site, please ensure the following is complete:
  • Every resident of your household over 18 has with a valid Blue Card or Working with Children clearance, and details sent to GBS
  • Your property inspected by one of the GBS team
  • You uploaded photos to your profile online
  • All aspects of your profile including rooms available are filled in completely
  • Read and acknowledge our Terms and Conditions and Orientation training information
  • GBS reserves the right in it’s sole discretion without notice to remove your profile if you have violated our Terms and Conditions, or at the request of one of our education partners.


What is StudentBNB

StudentBNB allows students to select their own accommodation. All accommodation listed with GBS has been checked to ensure it is suitable and safe for guests. Students can review the photos, areas, and availability of accommodation prior to paying for their stay. Students are able to select from room only (roomstay) or can request meal services that suit their needs. StudentBNB is an economical choice for students, with a national fee structure. Students are not required to pay bonds or security deposits, saving them the up-front costs of most accommodation choices. All utilities are included in the fees. 

do I need clearances to accomodate students?

Depending on which state, every permanent member of the household who is over 18 years old will require a working with children clearance.  In Queensland this is a Blue Card and in other states a Working with Children check.  It is part of our terms and conditions that all certified accommodation providers with GBS who reside in the property must have one of these clearances.  There is not charge as you are listed as a volunteer for Blue Cards.

What is my duty of care?

Please treat your students as you would expect a family overseas to treat your children. Students over 18 years old are adults and are able to come and go as they please but it is important you let them know about safety and to take precautions when out at night. For under 18’s the Duty of Care is greater and this will be explained to you should you wish to host younger students.

How long do students stay?

Student typically stay from 1 week through to 3 weeks on a study tour, sometimes a little longer.  Longer term study abroad students may stay for one semester or a full year.   With GBS extensions are by mutual consent and either party can terminate the accommodation agreement with one weeks notice to GBS at any time.  Under 18 students are legally required to stay in homestay for their entire stay.

How/When do I get paid?

You will be paid by Global Booking Services weekly. Regular payments are normally processed by COB Mondays in advance.  Payments are calculate from Sunday night to Saturday night in advance. If you have a query about your payment please wait until Wednesday before emailing accounts@homestaybookings.com.au so they can check for you.

Study Tour group payments are processed on Wednesdays, any questions regarding your tour payment please wait until Friday to contact accounts@homestaybookings.com.au so they can check for you.

Will hosting a student affect my income

Up to two homestay students is tax-free (non assessable income).  For more information go to this site.  If you are on centrelink you should check if this income will impact on your centrelink payments before accepting a student.

How much do I get paid?

Great question!

Prices are as follows for single placements:

Private room – Share house – No meals  $170

Granny flat / Apartment style living – No meals $255

Homestay – 1 meal 7 days $240

Homestay – 2 meals 7 days  $250

Homestay – 2 meals 7 days plus lunches on weekends $260

Homestay – Three meals 7 days $275

Wifi is an additional $12.50 per week (except study tours, it’s included)

Meal options / Halal or gluten free is an additional $50 per week

Student tours (short stay groups)  are quoted as a group price by the college or university and weekly amounts may vary slightly because of this we will advise you of any variance.

Twin Share ( 2 per room) deduct $20 per student from above payment then multiply by 2.

Do I have to pay anything to offer accommodation?

NO, GBS charges nothing to register.  Registration and support is free of charge

What is expected from the student staying with me?

Students are expected to respect the family they are staying with and abide by your house rules.  We will provide the student with a basic guide to homestay, but it is a good idea to let them to let them know your meal times, security procedures, washing schedule etc. when they first arrive.

Just as you are expected to treat students as part of the family, students are expected to act as a member of the family and keep their room tidy and help around the house just as any family member would. It is hoped that students will join in with family activities, have dinner with their Hosts and not lock themselves away in their rooms. Of course this can’t be enforced, only encouraged. Students are expected to let you know if they won’t be home for dinner or will be staying out overnight. They are not allowed to bring friends home without your permission. This applies to  all students.

What do I need to provide?

Assistance orientating the student into their environment on arrival including where and how to catch public transport, transport card, sim card and local attractions and shopping locations.  Students purchase their own transport and sim cards they just need a little assistance·

A private, furnished room with a window, a bed, wardrobe, drawers and bedside light
A desk in the bedroom or a quiet area in the home for study
Adequate heating and cooling
Utilities (gas and electricity)
Meals- A substantial dinner, breakfasts and lunch on weekends ( if requested)
Communal sundries such as toilet paper and soap and basic items such as light bulbs.
Linen and towels
Laundry access
Television access
A safe, friendly, caring environment

What don’t I need to provide

Telephone- Students are encouraged to have mobile phones and they can get International calling / sim cards from most Schools and Newsagents
Weekday lunches unless by prior or private arrangement
Personal toiletries

Transport to and from school unless by prior arrangement

What is expected of me?

You are an embassador for Australia, GBS, the Educator and Education Agen. You role is so important to ensure students have a great experience and encourage other students to come to Australia. As a GBS Homestay Host you need to provide the student with their own furnished bedroom, access to laundry facilities and a quiet area to study. Homestay also needs to provide breakfasts (these can be on a “serve yourself” basis) a substantial cooked dinner (meat and vegetables) and lunch depending on the package selection (prepare yourself basis) on weekends. Weekday lunches are sometimes required but this is by prior arrangement and extra remuneration is provided. Hosts must be prepared to spend time talking to their students particularly over the dinner table, this is especially important to students learning English. A Host is expected to familiarize their student with the local area and the available public transport. The student is also encouraged to share with the host information about their home country and culture. This interaction is what makes homestay ideal for students and hosts looking for a unique cultural experience.  For further information on hosting responsibilities please CLICK HERE

What if I can’t contact my student?

We make it very clear to the student that they must advise you if they are going to be late.

Support in an emergency

If you believe your student is missing,  or is outside their study tour curfew (under 18) and you have tried to reach them, please notify the education provider security on the number provided to you with this student.

If you are unable to contact the student and in fact believe they may be in danger then call the police, we are also available to support you.

Over 18 students are considered adult and as such are not restricted to curfew times, however courtesy around arrival times is important for meal planning and to ensure families are not being unnecessarily disrupted.   You will be provided with the appropriate information for each student as needed

Use of water?

Students are requested to keep their shower times to within 5 minutes as a guide to help conserve water.  We provide the students with a guide to homestay which is also provided to you.  Please use this as a template to set up your house guide for guests.  You can also place a small sign in the bathroom reminding them that we are a dry country and could they be try not to waste too much water.

What if a student breaks something?

Sometimes accidents occur, speak calmly to the student about what has happened and let them know that there may be a small excess if you need to claim on your homestay insurance.  If your not sure how to proceed call our office to discuss and we can speak with the student for you. We request that ALL hosts maintain appropriate homestay insurance for peace of mind.  We recommend HomestayPlus.

Do I have to have insurance?

It is the host’s responsibility to maintain insurance as defined in our Tcs and Cs.  GBS accepts no responsibility for damages or loss.  There are two key reasons for maintain insurance – public liability and accidental damage. For peace of mind we recommend a homestay specialist insurance for more contact us and we will send you information in an email.  You will also receive this information when you register.

Student Room Pricing

Student Accommodation Pricing;

Room only $192 – Twin share (with friend) $172 ea

Room plus one meal daily $262 – Twin share (with friend) $242 ea

Room plus 2 meals daily $272 – Twin share (with friend) $252 ea 

Room plus 2 meals Mon to Friday and 3 on Sat and Sunday $282 – Twin share (with friend) $262 ea

Room plus 3 meals daily $297 – Twin share (with friend) $277 ea

Wifi optional extra $12.50 per week ea

Pricing includes utilities, linen, access to kitchen and laundry and common areas.

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