HSN - Homestay Network is a network of like-minded families who want to share their lifestyle with an international student to create lifelong memories.

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HSN - Homestay Network provides student and academic accommodation in Australian family homes that are located in safe and respectable neighbourhoods, allowing students to access public transport for travel to their educational institution of choice. Our host family homes are within 45 minutes of Sydney’s TAFE Colleges, Universities, high schools and language centres.

HSN - Homestay Network is the original and premier provider of homestay accommodation for local, national and international students within friendly Australian family environments since 1987.

As a guest with HSN - Homestay Network host family, your safety and welfare are HSN - Homestay Network’s primary concern. You will receive help and protection with the host family, you will learn about Australia, Australian Culture and Customs, and you will have a proven opportunity to improve your spoken English.
We know guests who choose Homestay have many exciting adventures during their stay and return home with fond memories of their host family, new friends and Australia!

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The original and best provider of homestay services

HSN - Homestay Network was founded in 1987 to provide accommodation for academic and student visitors. We are Sydney’s original and premium homestay provider. We have expanded our services to the NSW Central Coast, Melbourne, Canberra and the Gold Coast.

HSN strives to understand the needs of the individual. Our customers receive the highest quality family-based accommodation, allowing them the opportunity to enhance their English language skills and excel at school.

We specialise in providing student accommodation close to Universities in Sydney, particularly Macquarie University, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Western Sydney University (WSU), the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and University of Sydney. We operate in Canberra and can place students close to ANU and the Australian Catholic University as well as many private language schools. If you are considering homestay as an accommodation option, apply online now.

The original and best provider of homestay services

  • Inspect all of our hosts' homes annually
  • Perform all necessary background checks, including a mandatory “Working with Children” check on all members of the household 18 years and older.
  • Use an incident management and reporting system
  • Provide a 24-hour emergency contact number
  • To ensure you have the safest and best environment for your studies, we have hosts across Australia in family-friendly neighbourhoods with good transportation links to Schools, Language Colleges, TAFE and University campuses.

The original and best provider of homestay services

    Homestay Network has over 30 years experience in student accommodation and supporting services. We are abreast of the industry trends, students needs and parents expectations. We have aligned our business to meet these needs. We stay informed about industry standards and the National Code within the ESOS framework.

    Homestay Network focuses on students aged under 18, private schools, Universities and language schools. We give our hosts real time support and training. Unlike other homestay companies our students can reach the Director 24x7 on the emergency mobile, this support is not outsourced to a help desk. This results in students receiving support when they need it by the owner of the business who can make quick decisions and effect immediate change if required. Many parents overseas find this reassuring as their children are so far from home.

    The most important part of our business is our ‘Network’ of hosts, which form Homestay Network. We work closely with our hosts ensure that the students receive the best possible care in he most suitable families.

The original and best provider of homestay services

    We have many valued parternships with agents both overseas and in Australia. We have formal Agreements in place with the Universities and schools and provide accommodation for under 18’s. We also deliver study tours and sight seeing groups up to 600 pax at one time across the Sydney area. If you would like to enquire about working with us please email:

    groups@homestaynetwork.com.au for Study tours
    placements@homestaynetwork.com.au for single student placements of any age

    We look forward to hearing from you!


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  • Feedback is important to our business, it is how we improve what we do to make your client's experiences the best possible for their tour to Australia. We received the following from the Tour Leader for a recent East China Normal University Study Tour... When I decided to use Homestay Network, I had finalized a complete comparing with another two big providers. HSN leads in transparent and reasonable fees and professional services. Tina and her colleagues are most helpful and considerate when my guests requested reasonable adjustment, which made us feel quite at home and we value that home-feeling deeply. Well-done HSN! See you guays again soon! By the way, the little cake you brought to Ms Martines for me is very sweet and delicious. Tell me where did you buy it next time when I see you again, haha!
    Demin, Tour Group Leader, ECNU Study Tour 2016
  • HSN - Homestay Network doesn't just get feedback from the Tour Operators, Tour Group Leaders and Tour Guides, our wonderful hosts also get feedback directly from the students they have hosted. Here is an example from a student on a  recent Japanes Study Tour by Kyoto Sangyo. The feedback is from the student to the host but also from our host to us about their experience with the student ... I just want to share the thank you note given by our student Yuma we hosted from Kyoto when he left us last Saturday. We're so delighted to have him as he's kind, funny, nice company who shows so much respect to me and my family. He gets along well with my teenage boys and sad to see he already left us. We hope to see him the next time we visit Japan.
    Ms Palma, Host Mother for Kyoto Sangyo Study Tour.
  • Access Macquarie operates a diversified range of business that span the education, training and scientific industries. Access Macquarie. These business include:  
    • Macquarie University English Language Centre (ELC);
    • Macquarie University IELTS Test Centre;
    • IELTS online;
    • HSCStudyLab;
    • Australian Proteome Analysis Facility (APAF).
    Access Macquarie Ltd has been working with Homestay Network for over 10 years now. Tina and her team are always very professional and reliable; they are very supportive and caring towards our students. Flexibility is very important and we appreciate Homestay Network’s ability to adapt to different group requests even sometimes at short notice. We enjoy working with Homestay Network now and for many years to come.
    Access Macquarie

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