At NZIoS, we can arrange different types of approved accommodation through authorised agents. In most cases, you share some part of your living area with strangers, so you have to be aware of other people’s habits and respect them, as they should respect yours. If you are not sure of anything, you should ask your teacher or student advisor at school and then they can explain and assist.
For students who would like to experience living with a local family, this is great option. Your homestay will provide your room complete with a bed, cupboard, and study desk with lamp and bathroom facilities. Your homestay should provide you with breakfast and dinner from Monday to Friday and with breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. You generally use public transport to get to and from school. You do not have to pay for separate use of water or electricity but your homestay may ask you to limit your use of both as these commodities are expensive in New Zealand. You will be asked to pay for your own cell phone or overseas calls and if you have a computer or want to use the homestay computer, you may be told to share the internet fee (usually $10/week). You may not get the food you are used to, and every homestay has its own sets of the rules. A homestay can be a very rewarding experience. All the Homestay families have been checked by NZIoS through approved qualified Homestay cooperation partners.