What types of meals should I expect from my Homestay?

  • Unless stated otherwise in your Homestay Offer letter, most Homestays provide you with a comfortably furnished bedroom and two meals a day: breakfast and dinner. Light lunch will also be provided on Saturdays & Sundays. If students wish the host to provide a packed lunch on Monday to Friday, mention this in your application, and we will arrange this for you, but expect to pay extra per week.
  • Always check with the host family as to their normal meal times. Please understand you should never bother them to cook for you dinner if you are going to eat outside. So, remember if you plan to go out in the evening or you do not want dinner at home, please tell your homestay before you leave in the morning, or at least before they start cooking dinner.
  • An Australian-style breakfast is usually light and may consist of cereal and milk, toast and butter or jam and tea/coffee/juice and perhaps some fruit and yoghurt. If you would like rice or noodles, for example, please say so to your host when you first arrive. Breakfast is a very informal meal and you will probably be expected to help yourself. Lunch at the weekend is similar to breakfast in that it is a light meal and may include a sandwich or reheated food from the previous night's dinner leftover.
  • Very important, if you have any food allergies (that makes you sick or uncomfortable), you must write these food or drinks clearly on a piece of paper and make your host family aware of these as soon as you arrive to them. Be alert and remind them gently of that list.
  • If you have any issue with the meals you are being provided with, please speak to the host family and let them know what you like or dislike in food. However, please understand that Australian meals will be different to what you would normally eat. Also, remember, there is usually no more delicious food than your own mum's cooked food. The food issue will really test your ability to adapt to your new international experience. We hope you will be flexible and reasonable.
  • Australian meals are not banquet style, so if you are still hungry after you had finished your meal, please do not be afraid to ask for more. Remember, food tastes different in all countries, so try to be bold and try new food at your Homestay as well as in restaurants!
  • Most Australian families do not do their grocery shopping every day. You will notice that some foods will be frozen, such as meat and bread, and thawed and served at a later date. Some Australian families may even cook meals a day or two in advance and refrigerate them. However, all meals are provided well cooked, warm and nicely flavoured. If you have any concerns about food offered to you, please discuss first with your hosts. If your concerns are unanswered and you are still worried, please do not hesitate to let Study Vision know. Send us an email with photos to support your concern and we will respond immediately.
  • In Australia it is considered good table manners to eat with the mouth closed and to eat quietly. Most Australians think noisy eating or slurping of food is rude. Also, using your own spoon or fork to serve yourself from a common dish, placed in the centre of the table, is both unhygienic and socially unaccepted. Saying "Thank you" to your host at the end of eating a meal is considered a well manner.
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