When you are away from home, it is important to feel safe, comfortable and happy. 

There are a range of accommodation options available to you while you study with us. You can choose either the flexibility of student residences, freedom and independence of renting or share houses, or the supportive atmosphere of a homestay host. 


A homestay is a cultural exchange between an international student or visitor and an individual or family in the host country. The “host” provides accommodation and support for an agreed-upon period of time and rate. Homestay can be tailored to provide meals, assistance, and other activities.

Homestays are designed to support international students and visitors who come to the host country to learn about its culture and lifestyle, improve their language skills, or study academic courses. Properly managed homestay is the ideal way to be introduced to a new country. Students learn to understand the language, culture and customs of the region in which they are studying. Many of our students make lifelong friends with their host.

What will i get?

  • To live with an English-speaking family.
  • Homestays can be a rewarding experience and present an unrivalled opportunity for genuine cultural exchange. All homestay families have hosting experience, and have been cleared by police. Their homes are inspected before students are allowed to reside there.

How much will I pay#?

From $315 a week, including your room, breakfast, self-serve lunch on weekends, laundry facilities and telephone access.

Who should I talk to?

Speak to Student Services staff on campus.

  • Sydney +61 2 9291 9300
  • Melbourne +61 3 9935 7900
  • Brisbane +61 7 3232 1500

Australian Homestay Network

Australian Homestay Network (AHN) is Australia’s largest and most experienced homestay management company. They operate across all major regions of Australia with dedicated staff members on the ground in each area. AHN incorporates decades of international experience in homestay operations management to ensure that a homestay experience is a secure, comfortable and enriching experience for both hosts and guests.

They have our own web-based Homestay Management System™ (HMS) for students, hosts, agents and institutions. The array of services provided by AHN is unprecedented in the industry and includes a national background check process, 24/7 professionally staffed emergency support, online payment services, compulsory online student and host orientation training. Our high level of service and standards have been recognised by the Australian government, and recommended that they be set as the minimum standard across the industry.

You can also request homestay through your agent or through their admissions centre. Prices start from $210 to 350/week including meals. Please note payment for homestay is required at the time of booking and placement fees apply.

Private accommodation

If you’re over 18 you can choose to look for a private house, flat or apartment, which you can rent furnished or unfurnished. If you choose an unfurnished house, flat or apartment, you’ll need to provide your own furniture and appliances. Sharing rental accommodation with other students is a good way to reduce your living expenses.

What will I get?

  • Greater personal freedom.
  • Many different types of rental accommodation available in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. To rent a house or apartment requires a security bond (usually one month’s rent).

How much will I pay#?

$250 to $350+ a week, with living expenses (food, utilities, transport, entertainment, etc.) incurring additional costs.

Some of the popular websites for rental properties:

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Student residences

What will I get?

  • Quality, furnished student accommodation.
  • Convenient, safe and secure locations. The residences are walking distance to excellent libraries, art galleries, sporting venues, restaurants, festivals and a diverse range of entertainment.
  • Shared rooms, single rooms and studios are available.

How much will I pay#?

Rates vary depending on the type of accommodation you choose and the length of your stay, but prices start from $250 per week.

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Find out more about your city

We have put together a selection of useful information to help you find your ideal accommodation in three of the cities where our Study Centres are located:

*CSU Study Centre does not have Agreements with Homestay providers, any arrangements a student enters into with the provider is between that individual and the provider directly.

#Please note that all costs are estimated averages only and are subject to change without notice. Sources:

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