Hosting an international student can be a rewarding experience for all involved.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to gain insight into other cultures and make new friends from around the world. Through the Homestay program, you can also help foster a more peaceful world through the promotion of cross-cultural understanding.

Host families provide

  • a safe, secure home within 30-35 minutes of Griffith University Nathan, Gold Coast or Mt Gravatt campuses via public transport
  • an appropriately furnished student bedroom with bed, linen, desk, chair, study light and cupboard space
  • up to three meals a day
  • a house key for the student
  • time to interact with the student each day, allowing them to learn more about our culture

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To become a Homestay host, you must

  • allow a Homestay staff member to inspect your home
  • complete an eligibility orientation
  • understand Homestay documentation and policies
  • ensure all adult house members have been issued a Positive Notice Card or Blue Card to legally host underage students and complete our Under 18 information workshop
  • provide a signed letter from your landlord (if you rent) giving permission to host students
  • have public liability and household insurance
  • represent Griffith University as a Homestay parent in a professional manner
  • abide by the Griffith Homestay Code of Ethics and Griffith University policies
  • be culturally sensitive
  • live within 30 to 40 minutes, by public transport, to one of our Campuses (Nathan, Mt Gravatt, Gold Coast).
  • Provide pastoral care for students if requested


Homestay families receive 100% of the Homestay payment. Potential host families pay a registration and administration fee of $55, which covers the application and orientation process, plus 24-hour support from Griffith University staff.

Fees and charges

Apply to become a host

List your home and start the process of becoming a Homestay host, or call our Homestay office on (07) 3735 7919 or email to find out more.

Apply to become a host

List your home and start the process of becoming a Homestay host