INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES and INTERNATIONAL STUDENT HOMESTAY ACCOMMODATION
|Will my Host provide Internet?|
|Do Homestays include meals?|
|Is it necessary to be home for meals?|
|Will my hosts clean my room and wash my clothes?|
|Can I walk to school from my homestay?|
|Should I go to my bedroom after supper?|
|How much notice am I required to give before moving out ?|
Host families are not required to provide an internet service. Some families do not mind students using the internet in the home - provided it is used sensibly and not for downloading music or videos. If you have your own laptop, consider buying a device that will allow you access to the internet at your own expense. Click below on the links to view some options for Broadband.
If you are over 18, you may be able to have your own phone line into the host home. This will have to be discussed with the host. All internet costs to this line will be at your expense.
Many families are careful with the use of their computer because of viruses.
Do not spend too much time on the computer. Using the computer for more than two hours per day can affect your study and the host family will become concerned if you spend all your time in your room on the internet.
It should also be remembered that some host families my charge you a fee for using the internet. This may be $20.00 - $30.00 per month. If you use a large amount of data, the cost may be $60.00 per month.
Yes - During the week, breakfast and dinner
will be provided. On weekends and Public Holidays lunches will be
provided. Dining arrangements vary among different homestays , depending
on the schedules of the hosts. For example, some hosts prepare
breakfast for their students but others might not be available at
the right time. Whatever the arrangements, food is always available
Homestay accommodation is much like living
in your own home. If you are hungry, you can normally help yourself
to something from the refrigerator. You should ask your host
family about this during the first few days of your visit, to ensure
that you know what you can have and where it is.
Hosts do not usually mind their students missing meals, if they are informed in advance. If you are not going to be home in time for a meal, you should tell your homestay family. Hosts may get upset if a meal has been prepared for you and you have not informed the host you will not be home. Never skip a meal without informing your hosts!
Although some hosts do, they are not expected
to clean for their students. In New Zealand, most adult sons
and daughters clean their own rooms. Students in homestays are
also expected to keep their personal space tidy. Some hosts will do
your laundry. If you prefer to do your own laundry, talk to your host
Most Auckland homestays are in quiet,
family-oriented neighbourhoods in the suburbs. Students usually take
public transport to school from their homestays. Travelling
time can vary from 15 to 45 minutes.
No - definitely not! One advantage of homestay accommodation is that you have a chance to practice your English and make new friends. Try to get involved in whatever your host family is doing, whether they are playing cards, shopping, or washing the dishes. You are here for an immersion experience, so jump in and have fun!
You will need to give your host at least 7 days notice if you intend to move out of Homestay. You can of course move out before the 7-day period is up, but you will forfeit that weeks accommodation fees