Homestay Coordinator

Aki Blakley

We are looking for local families to host YSHS International students. Hosting International students can be very rewarding. We welcome students from Vietnam, China, France, Germany, Thailand, Japan and Italy. This is a great opportunity for you to play a part in sharing your life, home, and to provide wonderful memories and cultural experiences to an international student.

For further information, please email our Homestay Coordinator - Aki Blakley at ​

​​​​​​​​Our dedicated International team work hard to ensure our homestay families are warm and welcoming. When you live in homestay with an Australian family you are considered part of the family. The Australian families that take international students for homestay are generally considerate, kind people who try to understand the cultural differences between themselves and their international students.

Living in Brisbane

Brisbane is the bustling capital of Australia's Sunshine State, Queensland and it is the perfect place to learn and experience marvellous new things.

Here are some of the reasons why International students love studying and living in Brisbane.

  • Brisbane is a safe and welcoming city
    Brisbane is a warm city in more ways than one. Perhaps thanks to the city's relaxed vibe, locals are generally incredibly friendly, easy going and open-minded – so you're sure to have many opportunities to make local friends if you study in Brisbane.
  • Brisbane is a multicultural melting pot
    An advantage of living in one of the world's most multicultural countries is the variety of food and activities at your doorstep. The city's diverse and inclusive community is reflected in its extensive calendar of events and festivals held throughout the year including the popular Paniyiri Greek Festival, multicultural food festivals like Regional Flavours and BrisAsia festival. Here at Yeronga we have a biennial event where we celebrate multiculturalism and everything that brings us together as a community. Click here to watch our Yeronga Celebrates video.

  • Brisbane is Australia's most sustainable city
    Brisbane is well and truly on its way to becoming a world leader in sustainability. There's more than 2000 parks and more than 2500 species, making Brisbane Australia's most biodiverse city. 

  • Brisbane is affordable
    Brisbane has one of the lowest costs of living in comparison with other Australian cities – from transport to accommodation to meals. That doesn't mean there's a compromise in quality though – it just means that your dollar will go a lot further living in Brisbane than in our southern counterparts.
  • It is easy to get around
    Commuting to and from classes has never been so simple. It takes only 9 minutes on the train from Yeronga SHS to Brisbane City. Our school can be accessed by both train and bus, which has proven to be very convenient for our international students. Secondary students aged 15 years or older are eligible for a concession fare. School students aged 5 to 14 years fall under the child concession category. To receive a concession fare, students must carry an approved Queensland student photo identification card, or wear an official Queensland school uniform. Brisbane students receive a 25% discount on bike hire with CityCycle. There's also a free CityHopper ferry to jump between the city, South Bank and Kangaroo Point. 

  • Weekend trips
    Brisbane's international students spend the weekends exploring rainforests, beaches, islands and waterfalls. There are also lots of amazing weekend markets around Brisbane.

  • Sunshine
    Everyone just loves the weather, and with 283 days of sunshine, who wouldn't?! 
  • The Arts and Culture scene is exciting
    Don't forget to explore Brisbane's major cultural institutions, including the impressive Gallery of Modern Art, the Queensland Museum and Science Centre (which showcases Queensland's science, culture and natural histories), Brisbane Powerhouse, and the Maritime Museum. The impressive Wheel of Brisbane in South Bank offers 360-degree panoramic views for those brave enough to go to the top!

Last reviewed 01 November 2022
Last updated 01 November 2022