The University of Adelaide English Language Centre (ELC)

The University of Adelaide English Language Centre (ELC)

The University of Adelaide English Language Centre (ELC) offers a range of General and Academic English language programs, study tour and English teacher training (TESOL) programs. The University of Adelaide is situated in the central business and cultural district of Adelaide, an area surrounded by parklands and gardens and bordered by the River Torrens. Study with us and you will be part of a University ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide and South Australia’s leading university.

The University of Adelaide English Language Centre Accommodation

Accommodation options available to University of Adelaide English Language Centre students
The University of Adelaide English Language Centre Accommodation

Homestay Accommodation
The English Language Centre runs a successful Homestay Accommodation Program, where international students live with local families for a first-hand experience of everyday Australian family life. Homestay is a wonderful way for students to improve their English, gain confidence, learn more about Australian culture and meet new people in a friendly, nurturing environment.

Please note that this option is only available to University of Adelaide English Language Centre and Study Abroad and Exchange students.

Students often say that their Homestay experience is one of the highlights of their time in Adelaide.

Homestay Information for International Students
Experience Life in an Australian Home
If you enrol at the English Language Centre you can stay with an Australian 'Homestay' family. This is a safe and welcoming way to settle into your new city, learn about the culture and practise English in real situations.

Please note that this option is only available to students of the University of Adelaide's English Language Centre and must be for a minimum of 5 weeks.

Why Choose Homestay?
The goal of Homestay is to allow students and hosts to share and exchange experiences. By participating in Homestay you have the chance to join in the daily life and customs of Australians.

You have the opportunity to participate in various activities with your hosts, such as outings, sports, hobbies, dining out, shopping and most importantly, learning English in everyday settings.

What Can You Expect?

  • Airport reception and farewell
  • A clean, comfortable home environment
  • Your own furnished bedroom including a desk
  • 3 meals per day: breakfast, a packed lunch and dinner
  • Access to laundry facilities, bathroom, computer/laptop, internet and telephone
  • Your home will be easily accessible by public transport (less than 45 minutes from our Centre)
  • Ongoing support from our Homestay Coordinator.
  • International students in homestay are part of the family. Living with a family is different from staying in a hotel. Students are encouraged to get involved in family outings and activities, help out with household chores and actively communicate and engage with their family.

Our Homestay Families
Like most modern societies, Australian households vary. A homestay family does not necessarily mean a two-parent family with children. Hosts may be single individuals, married couples, single parents with children, couples or partners with or without children. Backgrounds vary greatly. Most importantly, hosts have an interest in sharing their own culture with others and are eager to learn about other languages and cultures.

New homestay families are interviewed and their homes visited by the Homestay Coordinator to assess interest, suitability, and concern for the growth and development of the student. The emphasis is on a home that provides the student with comfortable surroundings and a place for practising and developing English language skills.

The English Language Centre continually works hard to ensure that international students are placed with families who best match the needs of each student with consideration given to preferred family type, dietary requirements, pets, children and student interests.

University of Adelaide managed student accommodation

Operated by the University for the exclusive use of University of Adelaide students. The University of Adelaide understands that accommodation plays an important role in setting the foundation for academic success. University of Adelaide students have access to an impressive portfolio of University-managed student accommodation options, made available specifically to support a successful transition into University life.

The University of Adelaide Village
The Village is the largest of the University-managed student accommodation options. Situated in Adelaide’s central business district in the dynamic Central Market and Chinatown precinct, The Village offers students a well-balanced University lifestyle.

Mattanya Student Residences
A fifteen minute walk to North Terrace campus and five minutes from the trendy Melbourne Street café and restaurant precinct, Mattanya offers comfortable, convenient and independent living in a quiet suburban location.

Roseworthy Residential College
Roseworthy Residential college accommodation is only available to students of the University’s rural campus, which is located 50 km north of the city campus and offers students the benefits of on-campus residential living.



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