"I've been a host now for over a year. Our guest, Li, is an international student from China and I absolutely adore her. She's given me some freedom back that I had before having a child. She's fantastic with my 4 year old and has really fit in with my family. For busy professionals and parents, The Room Xchange is fantastic. What better way to use your spare room that is unoccupied for most of the year. She's helped me with my life so I can go back to work and get some personal space back. She's really changed my life."
Tiffany Cherry - Sports Broadcaster & Media Personality
Busy Professional Single Parent
One year Xchange
"I was going through a marriage separation, finishing my PhD in Astrophysics and I had no job or accommodation. I found The Room Xchange and moved in with my host a week later. In the 8 months I was Xchanging I finished my PhD and gained a part-time job in my host’s business. I've recovered from a difficult situation, I save over $6000 in living expenses and the best thing is, I feel like I’m part of their family."
Dr. Andrew Butler - PhD. Astrophysics
Separated, studying and nowhere to live
7 Month Xchange
"I had been desperately trying to work out where I was going to live when my daughter came across The Room Xchange. I was 54, separated and my husband and I had lost all of our financial security due to a business failure. I was genuinely concerned about what I was going to do. Here I am, barely a month later and I not only have somewhere to live but am confident about my future! I have also been provided with the freedom to choose my own direction."
Sally Batt - Wedding Photographer
Woman over 50 recently separated with limited financial resources
8 Month Xchange
"My partner and I both dislike cooking and would rather work on our businesses. The Room Xchange helped us set up an engaging profile and then introduced us to Sally. Having Sally living with us has absolutely transformed our lifestyle! Having raised 4 adult children, she knew how to run a household. We arrive home to a cooked meal, the dishes are washed and the laundry is done. The best thing is that she's such a lovely person! The Room Xchange is such a win-win for us all.
Catherine Moolenschot - Author, 'Jim's Book' The Story of Jim Penman
New home owner and busy professional
8 Month Xchange
"As a house-sitter, I was constantly looking for and living in between houses. It's glorious to have a permanent spot and not having to move every week. In my first month of Xchanging I've achieved more in my business than I had in the previous six months. I've finished my book, released and launched it in the 8 months I've been Xchanging. If you need somewhere to settle to help you get your business off the ground, I highly recommend it".
Tracey Hunt - Author and Small Business Owner
Tired of house sitting
8 Month Xchange
"Half of our property is listed on Airbnb which has created a lot of additional work for us which we were finding hard to manage it. Tracey would greet our guests and prepare and tidy the rooms. Having an Xchanger here helped us to prepare our Airbnb space which enabled us to better manage our property. It's also a great way to access resources, meet new people, try new things and open up a new world of friends and family."
Grant and Robyn - Airbnb Hosts
Help managing our Airbnb
8 Month Xchange
"I made lifelong friends and a second family. They took care of me and I took care of them. What I didn't expect was gaining a second set of parents. They were really kind to me and literally transformed me in ways I never expected. It's a very special bond and an extraordinary experience that everyone should have. If you're on a working holiday in Australia, it's the best way to travel. You get to experience the country like a local and feel at home at the same time."
Guillaume Dubois - International Traveller from Canada
Looking for affordable housing on his holiday
18 Month Xchange
"We both work from home, in a rather large house that takes a lot to maintain and little time to maintain it. Instead of downsizing, we'd prefer to share so Xchanging is wonderful for us. We're able to share what we have, get the help we need and at the same time, we get to learn more about people from other cultures and lifestyles. The support is amazing and it's a great feeling knowing that we're helping someone at the same time."
Lou and Harry - Entrepreneurs
Busy professionals with an empty nest
5 Xchanges so far!
"Being a guest is a wonderful way to share your life and passions with other people. Whether you can speak another language, are a secret home Master Chef or just love connecting with like-minded people, it is a great opportunity to expand, share and learn from those around us. I loved my Xchange and enjoyed cooking for my hosts and sharing our lives together. With the high cost of living and housing, The Room Xchange is offering a way to live better and smarter."
Nicola Collins - Full-time Employed
Lonely and costly living on her own
10 Month Xchange
"Thanks to The Room Xchange, I was able to enjoy Melbourne without the heavy burden of accommodation costs so that I could enjoy the month I was visiting here. My Host, Tiffany, was very welcoming and I enjoyed caring for her 3 year old daughter. I would recommend The Room Xchange for whoever wants to grow from social interactions, have a pied-à-terre to visit the surroundings or if you're in transition like I was."
Cassendre Ramanaïdou - International Traveller from France
Visiting Melbourne for a month
1 Month Xchange
"I became a host because I wanted to stay in my own home with my wonderful friends and neighbours around me. My daughter was up and down from Melbourne while looking after her family because she felt she owed allegiance to me. The guest who I have has been kind and helpful doing a lot of the things that I can't do. It also gives me peace of mind knowing I have someone here should I need it. "
Maggie - Elderly Retiree
On her own and in need of support
3 Month Xchange
"I'm a busy professional in the real estate industry and I'm always coming home to an empty apartment and it can get quite lonely. I became a host because I wanted to share my life and my home with someone who was similar to me. It's nice to come to a delicious meal that my host cooks for me and to have a meaningful conversation with someone outside of my professional life. The most beautiful thing is, my guest, is now a very dear friend."
Angie La Vie - Property Portfolio
Single Busy Professional coming home to an empty apartment
2 Month Xchange
"My girlfriend and I became hosts because we both run businesses, are very busy and both value the time that it takes to build those businesses. Having healthy, vegan lunches and dinners made for us was just heaven! Becoming a host has given me more time to run my business and has taken away the stress of running a household. We absolutely love Sally and love sharing our home with her."
David Pagotto - Managing Director Sixgun Digital Agency
Busy professional and new home owner
8 Month Xchange
Time to do the things you love
How long have you been talking about taking an art class, doing a yoga course or reading that book that's been sitting on your bedside table for the past year? Don't wait for the right time; it will never come.
Not ready to downsize?
Just because your kids have flown the coup doesn't mean you have to downsize. You’ve worked hard for your family home and have built years of memories. Why not fill the house with a fresh perspective, an extra set of hands and share your space instead?
Need help with your family?
Families come in all ages and formats. Sometimes they include young children and elderly parents. It's tough juggling it all. You might have a partner to help you or you may not. Family responsibilities can be overwhelming and stretch you in all kinds of directions. Get some help.
Make a difference
Xchanging provides an opportunity to make a difference in someone else's life. Sometimes our guests just need a soft place to land for a little while as they get themselves financially back up on their feet. It's an opportunity to give someone a hand up into the next stage of their life.
Tick off your 'to do list'
Imagine finally getting you endless 'to do list' ticked off? Get out your notebook and start your list now. What would be doing if you didn't have to do all of that? Watch a movie, spend time with your kids or simply do nothing!
Discover something new
Hosting a guest invites the opportunity for something new to come into your life. Whether it's a new culture, language, cuisine, a fresh perspective or a new friend. It will cure the mundane and spark new interests.
Don't downsize - share
Even though your children have grown and left, you're keeping your family home. However, it's a big job keeping the house clean and maintaining the garden. You just need an extra set of hands to keep it on track.
Working long hours
You're working very long hours, building your career and often come home to an empty, cold apartment with no food or company. It would be nice to have some company along with an extra set of hands to help you manage your personal life.
Elderly and need some support
The Sandwich generation are parents with elderly parents and young children. The dual responsibility and managing work is often too much. If your parents have a spare bedroom, help them find an Guest and get balance back in your life.
With the high cost of living, high mortgages, limited and affordable child care, it doesn't leave us with many options. Unless you have a spare bedroom. Use that room and get the affordable, in-house childcare you've been craving for.