HOMESTAY providers

Living with a New Zealand family is one of the best ways for students to practice their English skills while at the same time learning about New Zealand culture and lifestyle.

UWSA host families are regularly screened, monitored and inspected for their ability to provide a safe, clean, caring and friendly living environment.


Moreover, UWSA’s host families go through an intensive interview process and police check prior to hosting students. UWSA homestay families have a strong interest in welcoming local and international visitors and believe that hosting a student is an enriching and rewarding experience for both the family and for the student. UWSA’s onsite Homestay Coordinators customize each placement with regards to special needs, requests, diet, hobbies, personalities and family dynamics.





For one price set your son or daughter will be provided with a comfortable, clean, nurturing and safe home to reside in while away during the school year. It will include all of their meals including a home cooked dinner. Students may be responsible for managing their own breakfast and lunch prep. Host families are close to local transit routes so it will be easy to get to the UWSA campus to start your day of study and athletic training. All Host families will also include access to WiFi internet access.


Outside of school UWSA Host families will include your son or daughter in their daily activities and take care of them as if they are their kid. They will visit local venues, community events, go shopping, to the movies, hang out with the family and be included in their routine.


All students will need to abide by a curfew and will be required to check in with their host families on a regular daily basis on their activities.



other services



Greeting and farewell service is provided by UWSA staff at the Auckland (AKL) or Tauranga City Airport ( or via InnerCity Bus ( to Tauranga.

Guardianship Service is provided by UWSA staff and is a requirement for all unaccompanied students under age 19. It includes 24-hour legal support, translation service, financial planning, emergency and medical care.

Medical Insurance – All students must have valid medical insurance during their entire stay in New Zealand. Students must provide proof of valid medical insurance on the first day of class. UWSA suggests Uni-Care for their NZ Visiting Students Insurance Coverage.