Our Accommodation Officer will be happy to help you with finding accommodation for you. You can choose between homestay and sharehouse accommodation.

The Homestay Programme

Australians are famous for their friendliness and their relaxed approach to life. Our homestay families are no exception.

Living in a private home offers a warm and secure way for you to take part in the daily life of our country. You will enrich your understanding of local culture and customs, pick up English expressions with greater ease and acquire a more authentic accent. Most importantly, your will develop meaningful relationships with your host families that often last far beyond the duration of your language course.

A host family will be carefully chosen to match your specific needs and interests. All our families adhere to the Cairns Language Centre Quality Assured Code of Ethics.

Homestay Overview:

    • Become a member of the family and experience Australian Lifestyle
    • Get involved in family or community activities (e.g. barbecues, family celebrations, sports, camping, beach visits etc.)
    • Get a taste of Australian food and learn about Australian customs
    • Receive a profile within 72 hours of enrolment
    • Host families welcome and collect you on arrival.
    • Students under 18 years of age must study full time (25 hours per week) and stay with an approved homestay family (full board)
      Australian Guardianship conditions apply. Guardianship Fee : AU$48 per week.

Share-houses and Apartments

Should you prefer, we will assist you in arranging accommodation in a share-house.

Share-houses have all been visited and checked by our team.  The majority are located very close to the school and central areas in Cairns.  The properties all have wi-fi internet, are well furnished & equipped. All bills are included. There are single, double, twin or triple rooms. Bathrooms are either shared or en suite.  Students have access to the kitchen and common area.

Finding the perfect match

We want every student and family to be fully satisfied by their homestay arrangement and we work hard to find the perfect match for you and your host. Our Accommodation Officer will keep in close contact with you and we’ll do our best to accommodate any special requests i.e. non smoking home, dietary requirements etc.

Quality Homestay Accommodation

Our homestay Families provide high quality individual bedroom studies, breakfast supper and snacks every day and all meals at the weekends. The evening meal is usually eaten together as a family but the breakfast routine may vary. Some Christian families may say prayers before each meal.

Host families transport students until they are familiarised with the locale and bus routes. All families are conveniently located within reasonable distance to the campus, usually within 30 minutes bike or bus ride.

Family Life

Australian families team together to help in the home – clearing up after dinner, keeping their own bedrooms tidy, walking the family dog, cleaning the car, etc. Students are encouraged to help.

Homestay Fees & Prices
Placement Fee AU$200
Half Board
Double-Couple (per person)
Additional Nights (per person)
Airport Pick-up

Single – AU$248
Double-Couple (per person) – AU$235
(single) AU$40,(double/couple) AU$38
No Charge
Full Board
Additional Nights (single)
Double-Couple (per person)
Additional Nights (per person)
Airport Pick-up

No Charge
Accommodation Change Fee AU$125
Room Holding Fee AU$80 (per week)
Christmas Surcharge AU$80
Pick-up Fee

All students moving directly into Homestay will be met on arrival at no charge.
No fee (one way)

Prices quoted are per person. Minimum 7 nights. Accommodation fee does not include daily transfers. Please note in the event of early departure from accommodation 2 weeks notice is required.

Sharehouse Accommodation Fees & Prices
Placement Fee AU$200
Single Room AU$185 per week. Subject to change as rates are seasonal.
Double-Couple (per person) AU$170
Additional Nights AU$35 per night
Key Deposit AU$20-50, payable directly to accommodation manager
Bond / Security Deposit AU$200-250, payable directly to accommodation manager
Accommodation Change Fee


SHARE ARRIVALS/AIRPORT TRANSFER Students moving into Share Accommodation may make their own way to the share accommodation, arriving at a pre-arranged time, OR be met on arrival by the Share House/Apartment owner or College representative and transferred to the accommodation.
Share Pick-up Fee

AU$85 (one way)

Prices quoted are per person. Minimum 4 weeks. Subject to availability. Sharehouse for 18 years and over only. No meals included.

Please note that Cairns is a holiday city and that apartment accommodation is rather cost intensive. Please contact our International Student Office for a quotation. Please note in the event of early departure from accommodation 2 weeks notice is required.