Homestay accommodation

Homestay accommodation gives you the opportunity to live with a local family. Find out about homestay living, the fees involved, and how to apply.

Homestay accommodation in a New Zealand home is an option for international students who want to practise their English in a family environment.

There is no one type of homestay family. Some are families with young children, others have adult children who have left home. Single parents also offer homestay accommodation, and all homestays are smoke-free.

New Zealand is a multicultural society, so homestay hosts come from various cultural backgrounds. Some were born in New Zealand and others came here from other countries and now have permanent residency. They all have a good level of English and most families have a pet, usually a cat or dog.

Very few homestay houses are situated within walking distance of Victoria University of Wellington, so students applying for homestay accommodation must be prepared to travel up to 35 minutes by public transport.

Host Families New Zealand facilitate homestay accommodation for the University. When they have chosen a homestay for you they will send you information about your placement. Whichever host family Host Families New Zealand place you with, they will help you settle into life in New Zealand and help you find your way to the University when you first arrive.

Based in Auckland and Wellington, Host Families New Zealand provides homestay placement services for students seeking short-term or long-term stays in New Zealand. Their programme meets strict industry standards “to provide a courteous, caring and rewarding cultural experience” for guests.

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Facilities offered

Most key facilities are included as part of your homestay accommodation, meaning you can move in without worrying.

Settling into homestay living

What you can expect living in New Zealand and advice to help you settle in.