Friendly, welcoming family home

Homestay in Balwyn North - Melbourne, Australia

About the Homestay

Suburban Welcoming
  • Welcomes
  • Males
  • Females
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Students

We are professionals living with 2 of our children aged 24 & 21, who are students at The University of Melbourne and Monash University. We love hosting students aged 21+, and other travelers or professionals looking for a longer term stay. Our dog Stanley is friendly and good company. Our house is located within walking distance to multiple bus stops with easy access to the city and 5 minutes walk to local shops. We look forward to welcoming you!



House Facilities
  • Garden
  • Bikes for use
  • Swimming Pool
  • Laundry
  • Internet Access
  • Gym at home
  • Non Smoking

Bedrooms available for booking

Minimum stay is for 30 nights

Maximum stay is for 365 nights

Available for given dates

King Single bed for single guest
From $38 per night
Single Room
Sleeps 1

Bathroom shared (with family / other guests)
1 Single Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates
  • Desk and Lamp
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Carpet / Moquette
  • Mirror
 1 guest
Monthly price
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About the Area

This is a quiet, leafy suburb located on the eastern side of Melbourne about 16 km from the city centre & about 40km from the airport. Various bus stops are only 5 minutes walk from our house and there are lots of bus line options. We are close to Greythorne and Maclaey parks, the Koonung Trail, the Miniature Train Track, local Belmore Rd Shopping centre, Box Hill Centro and station, Surrey Hills station, Westfield Doncaster Shoppingtown, Deakin University, Swinburne Institute, & a 45 minute bus ride to the major universities.

Local Area Facilities
  • Tennis
  • Park
  • Gym
  • Swimming
  • Cinema
  • Library
  • Shopping Centre
  • Health club
  • Restaurant
  • Bus Stop
  • Train station
  • Hospital


Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals, including a full breakfast, might incur an additional cost, if offered. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.

Included in the stay
  • Complimentary Light Breakfast
  • Use of Kitchen

House Rules

Guests may join us for family meals if they wish for an extra fee. We shop weekly as a household and can accommodate requested foods into our shopping list. Weekly cleaning is included. Guests will not eat or store food in their rooms and will help keep communal areas clean and tidy. We prefer students aged 21+ and other travelers and professionals seeking longer term stays.

Smoking is not allowed.

3 Reviews

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    Age 18 - 24

    5 hearts
    August 2020

    It was lovely staying over at Karen & Damien's. I had gone there towards the start of the pandemic for short while.

    The nearest bus stop is a 5 min walk which I would usually take to get to the major station from where you can take a bus or train to anywhere. When home, I would keep to my room if I had something to do. Otherwise, you could find me cooking, watching TV or playing one of the musical instruments. I would also occasionally take the cycle out to the nearby trails and landmarks.

    You are given the freedom to go about your own schedule and approach the family if you needed something. They have been really nice and helpful during my stay. The pool is maintained but wasn't used when I was there as it was cold. The home gym has limited equipment like dumbells and barbells which were slightly old and rusted but came handy as Victoria went into lockdown and all public gyms had closed down.

    All in all, a good experience if you're looking for a homely place to stay with a nice and respectful family.

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    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    July 2019

    As a visiting PhD student from Beijing to Melbourne, I had a fantastic experience when I was living in this excellent homestay for a whole year during my academic visiting.

    It was my first time being abroad and also the first time I have to find a suitable place to live (I live in the accommodation of my university in Beijing for many years). And based on the motivations that I should live with the local people and fully take this precious visiting time in which not only doing solid research in my visiting university but also learning more about Australia and its rich and colourful culture, I determined to consider the homestay. But I didn't have any experience or ideas of it then.

    Fortunately, I found this website by chance, and finally, I was attracted to the intro of this homestay and got contact with the hosts. I can still clearly remember that afternoon that we had the first relaxed meeting online via From that time, my memorable and extra special visiting year started. Until to now, after I have gone back to China, I still often visit my good memories with the kind-hearted hosts, family members and friends. I really appreciate their great support and love, and I hope I could get the chance to revisit this excellent homestay in the near future!

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    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Karen And Damien in ,

    Thank you for your kind words Ziqi, it was a pleasure to host you! We hope that you come back one day to see us again. We also learned a lot about Chinese culture from you and have many wonderful memories of your time with us.

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    Age 45 - 54

    5 hearts
    June 2019

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