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.

To become a Homestay host, you must

  • allow a Homestay staff member to inspect your home
  • complete an eligibility orientation
  • adhere Homestay documentation and policies
  • ensure all adult house members have been issued a Positive Notice Card or Blue Card
  • 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
  • be culturally sensitive
  • live within 30 to 40 minutes, by public transport, to one of our Campuses (Nathan, Mt Gravatt, Gold Coast).
  • provide meals
  • provide a safe, culturally sensitive environment for the Homestay student.
  • provide an appropriately furnished student bedroom with bed, linen, desk, chair, study light and cupboard space


Homestay families receive 100% of the Homestay payment. Potential host families pay a registration and administration fee of $65, 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

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