Many students are daunted by their first experience of living away from home and find the transition into a new city or country easier if they don’t have to adjust to independent living upon arrival.

Homestay or “full board” accommodation is a good choice if you want to experience living in an Australian home, reduce set-up costs and improve your English. It provides student with a family-like environment with utility costs included. Families (or sometimes a couple or single person) offer you a room in their home as well as all your meals. All homestay accommodation is thoroughly screened to ensure it is a suitable living environment for student.

Booking your homestay

RMIT International works with Student Accommodation Services Pty Ltd (SAS) to provide students with homestay placement services

  • Once you have accepted your offer, received your student visa and booked your flight to Melbourne, you can make an online homestay request with SAS.
  • SAS must receive your homestay request at least 10 working days prior to your arrival in Melbourne.
  • You must stay at least four weeks at the homestay.

Book your homestay with SAS.

A homestay placement fee AU$280 must be paid when you apply for homestay.

Please use RMIT University online payments to pay the homestay placement fee.

  • Enter your student number, starting with 3 (without S).
  • In ‘Payment ‘type drop box, select ‘Homestay Placement Fee’.
  • Once the payment is approved, email the web payment receipt to

If the homestay placement fee is paid with program tuition fee, please forward a copy of the telegraphic transfer receipt to

Places to look for homestay accommodation include:

Student Accommodation Services 
Tel: +61 3 9485 1900 Mobile: 0413 754 267

Australian Homestay Network 
Tel:+61 3 9435 6621

Familystay Australia 
Tel: +61 3 9574 7473 Mobile: 0408 659 922

Homestay Direct Services 
Tel: +61 3 9563 9931 Mobile: 0404 907 423