in New Zealand are a
great option for students, or those who intend to stay for
more than 2 weeks in one place. There are many advantages of
staying in a homestay, one of them being the price. On
average you will pay NZ$ 180 – 220 per week, for your own
room and will include food such as breakfast and dinner.
Another great thing about homestays is that you get to
experience the unique day-by-day way of life of the kiwis,
as you are staying with a host family in their house. It may
also make the adjustment a little easier as they would be
able to provide many explanations about how to do things
such as how to set up a bank account and give valuable tips
such as where to buy things cheaper and where to look for
work, and about the many beautiful sights around the town.
If you are a student studying English, staying at a homestay
also gives you greater exposure to learning the language, as
you will always have a teacher in your own house who you can
consult and a conversation partner. It can help you to learn
English much faster.
families vary greatly.
Some are retired couples who’s children have moved out of
home, other are single mums, some are middle age couples
with children, while others are single people with a pet.
They normally have a spare room in their house and
appreciate the extra money during the week. They all will
offer your own room with a bed, a desk, a closet, and
sometimes a private bathroom. Some homestays don’t offer
food and have a lower cost, where others will have the
breakfast and dinner included in the price. Some will also
offer lunch and snacks. One thing to keep in mind is that
you will need to respect the house rules, and is important
to clarify those rules with the host family upon arrival so
you have fewer problems. It is also important to let them
know if you are going to be there for dinner, and if you are
having visitors coming. Most host families will expect that
you keep your room tidy and that you clean your own plates
and kitchen utensils after using them. Helping out with some
house work such as voluntarily vacuuming the carpet or
mowing the grass, and helping to maintain the house clean
are always welcomed and appreciated by the kiwi family.
can be offered with your enrolment
into a school, or by getting in contact with an agency that
specializes in finding a homestay for you. Normally a fee of
the value of one weeks payment is charged as a placement
fee, and the minimum time of stay is 2 weeks. From then on
you can negotiate directly with the host family things such
as a reduced price during holidays or for periods when you
may not be at home for more than 10 days. You can choose the
kind of homestay you would like to stay such as one without
children, or without dog, one with married couple, one
without carpets (if you are allergic), location e.g. close
to the beach etc. Be aware that the choosier you are with
different aspects the harder it will be to find an
appropriate house for you to stay.
are definitely one of the best
accommodation options for a single person, for a medium
term, especially for students as it is reasonably cheap in
comparison to what you would be paying if you were to share
a flat (as you still need to pay for food, electricity and
other bills) and you also have other benefits as described..
The downside is the lack of privacy and sometimes less
freedom that you get. The money paid in advance for the
booking of the homestay is not refundable, but you are able
to change homestays if you have any problems. In this case
you will not need to pay another placement fee.