Welcome to Meridian Homestay Services and thank you for your interest in becoming a Meridian Homestay Host.

Having students in your home can be a very happy and rewarding experience, and many Meridian Homestay Hosts have formed wonderful lifelong friendship with their students.

Usually Homestay Students stay a minimum of 1 week and up to 24 weeks or longer. If the student is studying at University they potentially could stay in Homestay for up to 1 year. The average stay is 5 weeks.

Hosts should note that generally the Homestay fees you are paid are not taxed (tax free) as per the Australian Tax Office's Interpretative Decision 2001/381. This applies for up to 2 students. For more information please CLICK HERE.

The most important criteria for a Meridian Homestay Host is to be able to provide a safe, supportive, friendly, welcoming and caring Homestay environment.

There are certain requirements that must be met in order to become a Meridian Homestay Host.
These include:

  • The physical provision of appropriate accommodation;
  • Public transport travel distances to Students’ campus;
  • Meal preparation;
  • Probity checks.

Meridian Homestay Services will make an appointment to visit your home once you have completed all the relevant forms needed to become a Host family. The interview process takes up to an hour and involves going through a presentation about Homestay, Meridian Homestay Services operations and answering any questions the Host family may have in regards to Hosting students. The host families are welcome to call our office and we are very happy to answer any queries over the phone.

The detail of these requirements may be reviewed here: Host Family Responsibilities and Requirements.

You will need to complete a NSW government "Working with Children" check.

In certain circumstances you may be required to be the Guardian to a student under the age of 18 years. Please review the Guardian Responsibilities.

You must also agree to abide by the Meridian Homestay Extension of Homestay Arrangements policy.

Please complete and submit the online Host Application form.

Please Note: A $30 inspection & administration fee is payable by the Host to Meridian Homestay Services for the initial meeting with Meridian Homestay Services, conducted at the Host’s home. This fee will be deducted from the first Homestay placement.


 Always a pleasure working with Meridian. Professional, courteous, and warm hearted. 

Brett Eldershaw

Director, Colourful Trips