Homestay Families

International students will live with carefully-selected homestay families who are committed to their care and wellbeing. Many of these families have children attending Canterbury.

Our homestay families make sure that each student experiences every facet of the Australian lifestyle, through family meals, day trips and conversation.

Students will gain an understanding of Australian culture and will be able to practise their English in a relaxed, supportive family atmosphere.

Homestay families will:
  • provide a caring and supportive environment and treat the student as one of their own family members
  • provide a comfortable, clean room for each student that can be considered their private space. The room will be well ventilated, be adequately lit, and will have a comfortable bed with clean linen, a wardrobe, a desk and a chair for study
  • provide three nutritious meals a day and snacks as required
  • provide transport to and from the College each day and be located within a reasonable distance of the College

Blue Cards

Queensland has strict laws relating to the protection of children and all homestay families must be screened by the Queensland Government and hold a Working With Children Blue Card.

For more information on Blue Cards and the online application process please visit the Blue Card Services website.

Expressions of interest

We welcome expressions of interest from College community families to join our Homestay Program.

Please contact Ms Amie Pendreigh, our Homestay and Community Liaison Officer, on 3299 0888 or

Application to be a Homestay Parent