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EC Auckland: Homestay

Photos show samples of available rooms. Fixtures, fittings and sizes may vary.

Accommodation Features


Type of Room
*Twin rooms must be booked by students travelling together
Bathroom Type
Shared Bathroom
Board Status
Half Board (Breakfast and Evening meal)

Description of Accommodation

Staying with a local family is both exciting and rewarding. Host families provide the best insight into how an New Zealander family leads their life. This interaction with a family helps students communicate better, faster and allows them to pick up words and nuances used in daily situations. There is no typical homestay in Auckland. Some homes are single standing homes, apartments or multifamily homes. It's a great chance to meet native Auckland residents and share their way of life.

Students are placed in a single room. It is important that rooms and living areas are kept neat and tidy. Students also have access to a shared bathroom.

Bed linen and towels are provided by the host family. Students laundry may be included with the host’s own laundry on a weekly basis, or you may like to do your own laundry. You can talk to your hosts and decide on the most suitable arrangement.

All our registered homestays are required to have a land line telephone and are asked to assist students in making a reverse charge call to their family within four hours of arrival (time zone permitting) or to use pre-paid phone cards.

In many countries, local calls are free but this is not the case in New Zealand. To ensure that there are no misunderstandings about the use of telephones, students should not use these facilities without permission.

Most hosts have internet facilities, however it is reasonable for students to be requested to pay for what they use. The internet cost is additional to the weekly homestay fee and payable to the hosts. Students may also like to organise their own internet access.

Meal Description

A variety of food is provided with nutritional value in mind. Host families make an effort to adjust the type of food offered to the tastes of the students, and take religious beliefs into consideration when preparing meals. Vegetarians or people with food allergies should specify their eating options upon booking so this can be shared with families prior to arrival.

Breakfast varies from family to family. It is usually self-service and includes bread, coffee and cereal. Hosts are encouraged to offer students whatever is typical for their home. Students will eat what the family eats and help set the table or clear up after dinner. Students are encouraged to participate in family activities or outings.

Dinners are usually quite early in New Zealand but families will inform the student of the time when they eat. Not all families will sit down and have dinner together every night. It is important that the student informs the host family beforehand should they be late or not having dinner.


 Throughout the year

Arrival and departure

  • Any day

Journey to school

All EC Auckland Homestays are 40-60 minutes away from the school by public transport.

House Rules

  • Minimum stay is 2 weeks