- Our accommodation officer with send you the host profile and confirmation and will be in touch with the student and the homestay on the day of arrival.
Our homestay hosts
- All students under 18 years will be accommodated in homestay where the main carer (the host) and everyone over the age of 16 living in the house will have had an enhanced DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) check.
- Please note that homestay accommodation does not necessarily mean two parents with children. A widow, or two people whose children are away at school or grown up, can make excellent homestay hosts with more time to spare for their student guests.
- The UK is a multicultural country, and not all hosts were born here. However, all our hosts are fluent English speakers and are expected to speak English in the home and in their daily lives.
- We only use experienced families situated close to convenient transport links to LanguageUK for students under 18.
All homestay hosts:
- Are made aware of the additional requirements for hosting students who are under 18 years of age.
- Receive information on Safeguarding and Prevent.
- Are encouraged to complete a Safeguarding Level 1 and the Prevent online course.
Food and mealtimes
- Students will normally eat with their hosts according to the hosts routine. It is important to be punctual at mealtimes. If a student is going to attend a social programme activity or is likely to be late for dinner, they must inform their host in advance.
- If a student cannot eat or does not like any food, we recommend they tell their host as soon as possible.
- The host will give the student breakfast and an evening meal each day. Weekend lunches are not included.
- A typical breakfast may include fruit juice, yoghurt or cereal, toast and tea or coffee. The evening meal is the main meal of the day.
- Students should not expect to use the kitchen to cook. They should be able to make a cup of tea or coffee at any time, but never take food or drink from the kitchen without permission.
Baths and showers
- Students should be able to have a bath or shower at least once every day.
- Most homestays have only one bathroom, so we recommend students ask their host what time is best to take a shower. We advise students to consider other family members and keep their shower time to a minimum and not use the shower late at night. The bathroom should always be left clean after use.
- Student should ask for help if they do not understand how the equipment in the bathroom and toilet works.
Heating and Lighting
In England, heating and electricity are very expensive. Central heating is usually switched off from about 10.00 p.m. to 7.00 a.m. and during the day when the host is out of the house.
We ask students:
- To switch off electric lights and close windows when they leave the bedroom.
- To ask for extra blankets if they are cold during the night.
- To remember to pack warm clothing if they are coming to England during the winter months.
We recommend to hosts that they include one wash per week free of charge. The host may make a small charge for extra washing, say £5.00 per week.
Telephone and Internet
- Most students bring their own mobile telephones so hosts generally do not allow you use the house telephone except in an emergency.
- Students and hosts should exchange mobile phone numbers on arrival.
- We expect hosts to offer wireless internet access as most students bring their own personal computers (laptops).
- Free internet facilities are also available at the school.
Damage and insurance
- Students should tell their host immediately if they accidentally break or damage anything in the home. Depending on the damage, the student might be asked to pay for the repair.
- If students want to invite their friends to the host’s house for a visit, they should ask their host beforehand and arrange a time for the guests to arrive and leave the house.
- It is not possible for friends to stay overnight with a student while they are in homestay accommodation.
- If a student needs medical or dental treatment, they should discuss this with the Accommodation and Welfare Office in the School. They will be happy to help the student with details of the local medical centre or dentist.
- Students should not take any medication if it is not prescribed by a doctor.
Problems with accommodation
- If a student has any problems or is unhappy with their accommodation, they should speak to our Accommodation Officer as soon as possible and she will be able to help.
- A student may prefer to discuss a problem with a member of their family in their own language, or with the agent who arranged their course for them.