Our homestay hosts are very important to us. They provide safe, comfortable accommodation for our students, giving them a relaxing place to return to in the evenings.
Students live with homestay hosts for varying amounts of time, from one week to 9 months, however, an average stay is around 4 weeks.
Students choose homestay so as to continue practising their English away from the school and also get a real taste of life in a UK home. For these reasons it is important that homestay hosts welcome students into their home as a guest, rather than a lodger.
- Room requirements
- Accommodation Options
- What do students expect from their homestay experience?
Furniture and fittings required for the student's room
The room will be in a proper state of cleanliness and repair with adequate heating and natural light.
- It will be a sufficiently spacious bedroom, equipped with a table and chair for private study and adequate hanging and drawer space for clothes. wireless broadband internet
- We offer students two types of homestay; 1) Bed & Breakfast: 2) Half-Board (Bed, Breakfast & Evening Meal). The half-board option can be for either 4 evening meals per week, or 7 evening meals per week.
- We offer students two categories of homestay based on location: Category A ( Zones 1 & 2): Category B ( Zones 3 & 4)
- Typically students will have easy access to a shared bathroom.
- There is a supplement paid to a homestay host if they are able to provide a private bathroom for a student, when one has been requested by a student. This can be either en-suite or sole access to a bathroom separate to the student’s room.
- The minimum age for a student is 16. If a student is under 18, the homestay host should have had a DBS check.
The most important thing is that students feel welcome and part of the home. Quite reasonably, they will also expect:
- A friendly welcome, with explanations of how to use things in the house and the best way to get to school.
- To experience what one can broadly describe as the British way of life
- Information about local shops, restaurants, pubs and other facilities.
- Facilities to do their washing and ironing - the host is expected to offer to do one wash per week for them.
- Sheets and towels (laundered once a week).
- Facilities for a bath or shower every day.
- The opportunity to receive telephone calls (within reasonable hours). Nowadays, though, it is quite normal for course participants to have their own mobile phones and a Skype account to make calls over the internet.
- The opportunity to watch TV either in their rooms or in the household TV room.
- Full use of the kitchen if the self-catering option is chosen
- With B & B and Half Board options, casual use of the kitchen, with host’s permission, to prepare a hot drink or make a sandwich (fillings bought by the student)
If you are interested in becoming a host please contact us for further details, rates and to discuss a visit from us.
Tel: 020 7299 1700 or send an e-mail to Joanne Wagner at firstname.lastname@example.org