Palmerston North City & Manawatu

Student Homestay Accommodation

What to expect at a homestay
The homestay student is integrated into the life of the host family, participating in family activities, outings and provide them with a real feel for the kiwi culture.

Homestay hosts are paid a fee set by each individual education provider and covers the provision of food, the internet and living costs of the student. In return hosts are expected to provide a clean, warm, and tidy room with a bed and bedlinen, a set of drawers and wardrobe, a heater, study desk, chair and reading lamp, pillows, blankets and towels. Access to a kitchen, a bathroom, toilet, laundry facilities, living and dining rooms, a telephone, a power point and the internet. You will also need to provide morning, lunch and evening meals for your homestay student.

Becoming a homestay host
Being a homestay host is when an international student lives with a local family in the family’s home, sharing meals and activities with the host family.

Become a homestay accommodation host in Manawatu and experience the rewards international students can bring to your family!

Download the list of institutions which are actively seeking homestay hosts for the 2017 year. 


Case Study: Millward Family
Mike and HeyJoung Millward have been hosting international students for around ten years. Both have lived overseas and know how difficult it can be to settle into a new country... Find out more