Marcos Supioni, Marketing Department, Byron Bay English Language School

Marcos Supioni, Marketing Department, Byron Bay English Language School

Homestay or student house? Find your home in Byron Bay

Among many enquiries international students make, one of the most frequent is about accommodation. The question “which is better, student houses or homestays?” is asked regularly, so here is a quick guide to help international students to decide what suits them better.
Firstly, it is important to acknowledge the importance of booking the accommodation before the student arrives. The students who booked their accommodation in advance will then be free from the pressure of finding a place to stay. During the high season, the pressure of finding accommodation upon arrival, combined with the initial culture differences and the new language, can be very stressful for the student.

There are a lot of different types of accommodation students can choose from. However, the most popular options for our English language learners are the Student Houses and Homestays.

Student houses are managed by the Byron Bay English Language School (BBELS) and are mostly suitable for young adults. The houses generally present a good mix of nationalities among students who are studying at the school. The students share the communal areas such as living areas and kitchen. Student houses are very comfortable with a TV, a fully equipped kitchen and private bedrooms, which include bed linen for the students. Additionally, we offer free Wi-Fi and provide a laundry.

There are different rooms available in the student houses: single, twin share, and double rooms with private bathroom if required. Students can choose from different room options, according to their specification and what they want to invest. Shared rooms are always shared with students of the same gender. We are also introducing a new luxury student house very close to the school. The new student house will especially suit couples that prefer having their own en-suite, or mature students looking for more luxury accommodation.

The student houses are great to live the perfect student life. Students practice their English with other residents from different countries and learn from different cultures. The rhythm of the houses is very dynamic, perfect for students.

Homestays are local family’s houses where the students have their own room, and share the communal spaces of the house with the host family. This is a great way to experience local “Aussie” hospitality and a great opportunity for the students to use their English in a day-to-day environment. Most families are located approximately 10 – 20 minutes bike ride from the school, and an internet connection is available in all homestays.

We advise adults and mature students to book their accommodation in one of our homestays. However, we also have a strong demand for homestays among young students. This type of accommodation allows students to merge into the Australian culture by living with a local family. Similar to the student houses, the student can choose from different room options. Our homestays offer single, double twin and premium rooms with private bathroom.

What to expect from Student House?

  • Our houses are close to the school
  • Living with other students is a good way to make friends and to meet people from other nationalities
  • Most importantly, living in this kind of shared accommodation is a nice way to improve their language skills.

What to expect from Homestay?

  • Family environment
  • Meals included
  • Great way to experience Byron Bay hospitality and a great opportunity for the students to practice their English interacting with locals.

To sum up, Student Houses and Homestays provide fantastic experiences. Both are very popular among our students and very safe. The two options present great benefits to our students, providing them with a unique life experience. From amazing friendships to becoming part of an Australian family, both accommodation options will make the student feel relaxed and at home. So, book your Student House or Homestay, and come to Byron Bay!

This article was written by Marcos Supioni, who works at the marketing department at Byron Bay English Language School. BBELS offers students the opportunity to stay in a student house or homestay during their English language studies in Byron Bay.

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