Our Homestays

Caring Kiwis who will make you a member of their family and help you improve your English

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Why live with a homestay?



Living with a Kiwi host family is the perfect way to accustom yourself to our culture, and by putting yourself in a 100%-English environment, your English will improve rapidly.

Plus, our homestay families are kind people who care about our students. Many Unique students return to New Zealand just to visit their former homestay family.


Our homestay families chat with our students, which is a great way to improve speaking and listening skills.

All students have their own bedroom with a place to study.


Unique’s homestay families are carefully checked to make sure they can care for our students.

Students can walk to Unique from many of our homestay families (usually from 10 min to 30 min). Others require just a short bus ride. 

Homestay families drive any students aged thirteen and under to school every day.


Not only are our homestay families close to the school, but they all provide students with three meals a day, so students don’t need to cook or buy food.

Living in a homestay family means you can focus on your studies.

I used to stay with a Kiwi host family so I could practise my English all day long and furthermore it is amazing to see a different culture and lifestyle.


Austria, Work Skills

Our Families

Unique has many homestay families in the Browns Bay area. Here are two:

The Morgan Family

Tracy and Kevin Morgan have been hosting Unique students since the start of 2017. They live in a large house overlooking Long Bay, one of Auckland’s most beautiful beaches.

Tracy says:

“I am a fitness instructor, so like to go for walks. We like to travel regularly and occasionally eat out. My husband also attends the gym and plays golf occassionally.”

The Stadnik Family

The Stadnik family are Francine, Flavio and their young daughter Catalina. They live in Browns Bay, just a 10-minute walk from Unique.

Francine says:

“We love to travel, new beaches, walks in the mountains near Auckland. We also spend a lot of time with our dogs in the park around Browns Bay and the North Shore. Our daughter is young and loves the water and the beach,and the park.”


  • In addition to the weekly fee, there is a one-off registration fee of NZD$280 for students under 18 and NZD$250 for students over 18.
  • A one-off NZD$190 homestay-monitoring fee applies to any student under 18 who does not stay in a Unique homestay or with the parents.
  • Students are able to change homestay once without charge, but a NZD$150 fee applies to any subsequent homestay change.
  • The homestay weekly fee does not include bus fares
  • Homestay weekly fees are calculated based on the student’s age on their homestay arrival date. For programmes of more than 4 weeks, the weekly homestay fee changes to the lower rate the week after the student turns 14 or 18.
  • Students are expected to leave their homestays by 5.00 pm on their day of departure.  If they want to stay in their homestay past 5.00pm, they will be charged for an additional night.
  • A holding fee of $10 per day will be charged from the first night if students are away from their homestay for 8 or more nights and wish to return to the same homestay.  If students are away from their homestay for 1-7 nights the full homestay fee applies.