What would you do if you could live rent free?
Grant and Robyn Hosts from Eltham 8 month Xchange

"It's a great way to use resources, meet new people, try new things and open up a new world of friends and family. It helped us to better manage our Airbnb rental."

Tracey Hunt - Author and Business Owner Guest - Melbourne 8 months

"As an ex-housesitter, it is glorious to have a permanent spot, not moving every week and I've achieved more in my business in one month than I had in the previous six months put together. I finished my book; released and launched all in the 8 months I've been Xchanging. I highly recommend it."

Harry and Ludwina Hosts from Melbourne Hosted four Guests

"We don't do housework anymore. My wife and I spend our evenings relaxing and weekends doing what we want to do instead of the dreaded housework. Maintaining our family home became a chore once the kids left, but no more."

Nicola Collins Guest from Richmond 10 months

"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. Plus, with the high cost of living and housing, The Room Xchange is offering a way to live better and smarter."

Grant Host from Glen Waverley 6 months

"If you've got a spare room and you need extra help, then it's a great solution because you come home from work every night to a spotless house. It also gives young people a way of having some independence. If you've got a spare room, give it a go."

Guilllaume Guest from Canada 18 months

"You get to make lifelong friends and create a second family. They're there to take care of you and you're there to take care of them. I've got 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."

Andrew Butler - Astrophysicist Guest in Melbourne

I was going through a separation from my partner and I needed a soft place to land.  At the same time, I was finishing up my PhD in astrophysics, my scholarship was running out and I didn’t have a job lined up.  I needed somewhere affordable to live so I searched on Google and found The Room Xchange. I knew it was exactly what I needed. I moved in with the Dautovic family a week later, and they made me feel welcome right away. In the six weeks since I became a Guest with The Room Xchange, I’ve finished my PhD, gained a part time job with my Host’s business, they introduced me to a publisher in Europe who has since asked me to be a contributing writer for their digital magazine, recovered from an emotionally difficult situation and saved myself a lot of financial grief. And the best thing is, I feel like I’m part of their family.

See how being a Guest can change the way you live

Don’t waste your hard earned money paying for rent and bills when you can share your skills and Xchange your time. There are massive benefits to Xchanging.
Here’s how…


It's time to leave home, fly the coop and live independently. Xchanging is a great first way to leave home. You'll still have the support of your Hosts and at the same time the freedom to gain some independence without the cost.

Better for the environment

By utilising resources that already exist, you are essentially decreasing your environmental footprint. By using your Hosts household furniture and items, you're decreasing landfill and emissions. Good on you!

More time to do what you love

By Xchanging your skills and time for food and accommodation, you are essentially decreasing the number of hours you have to work in order to live. If you played your cards right, you could Xchange and travel all over the world.

Concentrate on university

University is hard enough without having to worry about the high costs associated with it. Not only do you have to pay such high fees, university housing isn't that cheap. By Xchanging somewhere close to where you study, it will decrease your travel time and costs.

Time to start that project

We all have a book idea, a business concept or a dream holiday we'd love to go on, but the high cost of living puts an end to that. However, Xchanging will enable you to achieve those dreams and much more. It's also a great way for people who are 'in-between' and need a soft place to fall.

Enrich your life

Xchanging is about sharing lives and resources. It's about supporting each other via a fair an equitable Xchange. It's about learning from each other and growing as humans being. Ultimately, it's about creating micro-communities in the most intimate place of all - home.

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Skills you can Xchange

We all have hidden skills and things that we naturally love to do. They’re the skills that you want to consider when Xchanging. Not everyone loves kids, cooking or gardening but there are some that are mad about it. You could be a crazy organiser - you know who you are. Everyone comments about it. Those skills are valuable to busy people. Take a look at some of the ideas below.

Hidden Masterchef

If you have a passion for cooking and love sharing your recipes, then there are Hosts waiting for you! So many Hosts are struggling to get good quality, healthy meals on the table. Here's to chance to shine in your very own Masterchef Kitchen!

Home Organiser

Some might call you a neat freak, but we'd call you an angel in disguise! There are so many cupboards and drawers waiting for your methodical hands to whip them into shape! Declutter, organise, sort and sell. A Host's dream!


Let's face it, not every place you stay in has enough of a garden to get that green thumb moving. But we have heaps of Hosts who have gardens they need help maintaining. So if you've got a green thumb, we have a home for you.

Animal Lover

Please take me for a walk, rub my tummy and play with me! Long work days are now making it impossible for many pet owners to give their pets the love they deserve. If you're an animal lover, you'll find an ideal Xchange in no time!


If you love being around children, we have plenty of Hosts waiting for someone just like you. To ensure you get a placement, a drivers licence and working with children check is a must along with an up to date first aid certificate.

Personal Concierge

Are you a person who loves making plans, keeping everyone on time and supporting people in their day to day lives? You could be an ideal Personal Concierge. Help our busy professionals get their lives back by managing their day to day 'to do' list.

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