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Homestay Accommodation

Available All Year Round

Staying in a homestay is an ideal way to practise your English and get to know British culture. Your host welcomes you into their home and gives you a comfortable and friendly base during your stay. You live as part of the household, taking meals together and sharing the common living areas. All homestay hosts have been personally approved by the school and are regularly inspected. We are delighted that many of our students and hosts stay in contact for a long time afterwards. Homestays are 10-35 minutes by bus from the school.

Homestay Options

  • Regular or Executive Homestay
    With Executive Homestay, you have your own private bathroom. NB this is not necessarily en-suite.

  • Half Board or Full Board
    Half board includes breakfast and dinner Monday to Friday, plus all meals at the weekend. Full Board offers the same as Half Board plus a packed lunch Monday to Friday.

  • Shared Room
    Couples/friends/family sharing get a discount of £10 per person per week.

  • Special Diets
    We can cater for special diets such as vegan or Halal – see below.

2018 Fees

GBP per week

Half Board Full Board
Regular Homestay 120 132
Executive Homestay
165 177

Supplementary Fees & Further Information

Summer premium: a premium of £25 per week applies from 24/6/18 to 12/8/18
Retainer fee: if you wish to keep your room while you are on holiday, we charge a retainer fee of £5 per day.
Special diets: we can cater for the following special dietary requirements: vegetarian, vegan, Muslim (no pork), Halal, coeliac and lactose-free. If you require a halal, coeliac or lactose-free diet, you will be charged an extra £25 per week. This must be requested on your booking form.
Shared rooms: these are available to couples, friends and family at a discount of £10 per person per week. Shared homestay accommodation is initially charged at the single room rate. The discount is only applied on completion of a week sharing with another student.
• Before you arrive, we will send you details of your host family and a Pre-Arrival Guide.

Homestay Gallery

Photos show five different homestays.

More About Your Homestay

Who will my host be?

We have many wonderful hosts of different ages and backgrounds. Some are families with children; some are couples without children or whose children have grown up and left home; others are single hosts living alone. For all students under 18, the main host will be DBS-checked (police-checked) as part of our safeguarding procedures.

To help find you the most suitable homestay, we ask you certain questions on your booking form. For example, we ask you whether you want a smoking or non-smoking house, a house with or without children, and a house with or without pets.

What can I expect in my homestay?

Your host will welcome you, provide you with a comfortable room where you can study and relax, and explain the household arrangements. They will give you a change of towel and bed linen every week, and will wash your clothes. However, please remember that it is a home and not a hotel, so we ask you to respect the house rules.

What if I have a problem with or a question about my homestay?

Our welfare staff at reception are always available to talk to if you have any questions or concerns about your homestay. If it becomes necessary, we will try to find you a new homestay as quickly as possible.

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