Frequently Asked Questions – Students
What is Homestay?
What is the minimum stay?
What kind of housing is available in a Homestay?
Do students and guests who stay in Homestay learn the language faster?
What items will be in my room?
Are utilities included?
Is Internet access included?
Will I have my own bathroom?
Does Homestay include transportation?
Will there be any other students in the Homestay?
Do I have to get and pay for all the meals?
(a) Full Board Package (3 meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner daily).
(b) Half Board 5/2 Package (2 meals: Mon-Fri, breakfast and dinner, 3 meals: Sat-Sun, breakfast, lunch and dinner).
(c) Half Board (2 meals a day: breakfast & dinner daily).
Students will need to supply their own snacks (fruits, biscuits, potato crisps, etc) for between meals, extra drinks, etc.
When I request meals, does the family cook for me all the time?
Can I request to increase the number of meals or decrease them after the first month?
May I make my own food?
What is the Self Catering – No Meals Room Only Package?
May I request a specific Homestay?
Do I have to accept a homestay or can I request another option?
Will I receive a key to the house to come in out?
Will I be able to watch television?
Will I be able to access the Internet in my homestay?
Can I use the host family’s telephone?
May I use the family computer?
Do not open any file attachments or junk mail that may put your host’s computer at risk. Your host may not have the proper protection on his or her computer and may lose a lot of important files. Kindly ask your host when it is a good time and how long you need to use the computer to avoid causing inconveniences to your hosts as they may have some regular work to do. Hosts are not required to offer a computer; therefore, we urge you to be careful or best bring your laptop with you.
May I smoke in the house?
Queensland has strict smoking laws please see below:
- no-smoking anywhere inside pubs, clubs, restaurants and workplaces
- no-smoking in commercial outdoor eating or drinking areas
- no-smoking in outdoor public places such as patrolled beaches, children’s playground equipment, major sport stadiums and within 4 metres of non-residential building entrances
- no sales of tobacco products to children under 18 years of age
- tobacco vending machines must be located in bar or poker machine areas only
- a ban on smoking in cars where children under the age of 16 years are present.
Can I do laundry in the Homestay?
Will I be able to go shopping?
Will I be able to go sightseeing with my host?
Will I have a curfew (time that I need to return to the Homestay each night)?
Can I have a guest come to my Homestay?
Can I stay at a friend’s house during my visit?
Can I be picked up at the airport?
Do you provide airport drop off?
What is a “List of House Rules”?
Where can I get an application form?
Is the Accommodation Placement Fee refundable?
Is there a deadline for submitting the application?
Can I apply early?
How much are the homestay fees?
Is it possible to bring a relative or a friend “as a companion” to stay with me?
How long does it take before I get to know information about my host?
How much must I pay in advance to book the homestay?
When I request airport pick up, how do I know who will meet me at the airport?
If I were to book a flight ticket now, which days or time are ideal to arrive at the host family?
What if I experience delays from the airline or miss my flight?
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