Homestay Families

ƹϵεapp is lucky to be supported by so many excellent homestay families who treat International students as one of their family.

Upon application you are required to fill out a Homestay Application form which is your chance to tell us about your likes and dislikes and expectations of your homestay family.

We will then endeavour to find you a compatible Homestay Family to live with while studying at ƹϵεapp.

Things we will want to know about you include:

  • If you have been in a homestay situation before?
  • Do you prefer a family with other children if so younger or older?
  • Do you like animals?
  • What foods do you like?
  • What foods don’t you like?
  • Do you have religious affiliations?
  • What are your hobbies and Interests?
  • Which sports do you play or want to play?

When your host family has been finalised we will send you a profile of the family selected and you may begin correspondence with them before your arrival in Nelson.

Frank and Vickie

“Difference and diversity are valued and celebrated. Students experience an increasing sense of pride and belonging at school.”

- Education Review Office Report 2020

Homestay Co-ordinator

Our Homestay Co-ordinator, Sophia Morris, endeavours to find you a compatible homestay family to live with while studying at ƹϵεapp.

ƹϵεapp hosts international students from Asia, Europe, the Americas and the Pacific Islands. We have regular student exchanges with our sister schools in Japan, and our students have both organised tours and individual international exchanges. Some social events are held in conjunction with other Nelson schools.

The college arranges Homestay accommodation with local host families providing students with the advantage of a friendly, supportive family environment. Our Homestay Co-ordinator and International Student Director maintain an ongoing liaison with parents and ensures the well-being of our international students. Nayland is very proud of its student support network.

All students will be well supported by ƹϵεapp and both Sophia and Gavin are available to help you with adjusting to living in a New Zealand home.


Airport Welcome

We want your stay to be memorable and comfortable, so we start it off with personalised attention.

Flights from Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch International Airports fly into Nelson frequently on a daily basis. Nelson Airport is the fourth busiest airport in New Zealand.

Upon arrival at Nelson airport, you will be met by your host family and our homestay coordinator.

Frank and Damon


I really enjoyed living with my family. They were so friendly and helpful and they just made me feel at home.
Stefanie from Germany

I enjoyed the care and friendliness and how my host family trusted me.
Anke from Germany

My host family were really nice and helpful. They took me to many places in Nelson and New Zealand.
Yuka from Japan

I just felt like a part of their family. Their house was a friendly and lovely atmosphere. Every moment was awesome.
Maria from Switzerland

The adjustments to my new host family weren’t too hard for me, although there certainly were some. They were a fantastic family, they included me as part of their family and I loved all the dinners together.
Rare from Finland

They were so friendly and treated me like their own daughter. They are so much fun, play lots of sports and every night they said “Good night love”. I really liked that.
Verena from Germany


Homestay FAQ

All students should arrive in Nelson before school opens and leave for their home country at the completion of their course.

Nayland offers an orientation programme to help new students settle in. International Students take part in our ongoing intensive English as a second language (ESOL) programme taught by our qualified ESOL teachers

The Cost

Homestay will be arranged by the school at the cost of NZ$310 per week in 2024 and NZ$320 in 2025.

The homestay fee will be invoiced for the dates the student is enrolling at ƹϵεapp. It is a New Zealand Immigration Department requirement that homestay fees are paid for the student’s entire period of study.

Come join our Nayland Family

We welcome all enquiries and are very happy to assist you in making this important decision for your future.