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    The benefits of homestay accommodation

    If you’re planning to study on the Gold Coast, Australia, one of the most important decisions you will have to make is where to stay. While there are several accommodation options available, including rentals and apartments, homestay accommodation is becoming increasingly popular, and for good reason. Here are six reasons why you should choose homestay accommodation whilst studying at Griffith University.

    Cultural immersion

    One of the most significant advantages of homestay accommodation is the opportunity to immerse yourself in the true “Aussie” culture. By staying with a local family or host, you will be able to experience life as a part of their daily routine, traditions, and values. You’ll get to learn about the Gold Coast lifestyle, which is a unique blend of urban living and slow-paced beach culture. Additionally, you’ll be able to try local foods, ask for tips on restaurants or travel spots, and even learn some new words in the local dialect. Check out some fellow Griffith students testing their Aussie slang here.

    New friendships

    If you are intimidated by the idea of making new friends whilst adjusting to the new environment, homestay accommodations can help. Many host families enjoy the opportunity to house multiple students at once. This can allow you to make friends from different cultures and explore new opportunities.

    Cost-effectiveness

    Homestay accommodation is often more cost-effective than staying in an Airbnb or renting an apartment. In a homestay, you’ll have access to a comfortable room, meals if you so choose, and some basic amenities like laundry facilities, which can save you a lot of money in the long run, especially if you plan on staying in Australia more long term.

    Safety and security

    Safety is always a concern when travelling to a new place, but when you stay with a local family, you’ll have a safe and secure place to call home. Your hosts will be familiar with the area and can provide guidance on where to go and what to avoid. Additionally, they’ll be able to keep an eye on you and ensure that you’re comfortable and secure during your stay.

    Language practice

    If English is not your native language, homestay can allow for a better opportunity to learn the language. Not only can you communicate with your host in English, they can give you tips to improve, and teach you words you might otherwise not know.

    Cultural exchange

    Homestay accommodation is an excellent opportunity to exchange cultures and ideas with both your host families, and potentially other roommates. You’ll get to know the local customs, values, and way of life, and you’ll be able to share your own perspective on your culture and experiences.

    In conclusion, homestay accommodation is an excellent option for those who want to experience the Gold Coast lifestyle firsthand and have a personalised and safe experience. By staying with a local host, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture, receive personalised attention, and exchange cultures and ideas.

    If you’re looking for an authentic and meaningful travel experience, homestay accommodation is the way to go.

    All the best,

    Victoria

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