Staying in a homestay will allow you to practise your English outside the classroom and experience diverse British culture first-hand.
The homes are situated in good residential areas of London and convenient for public transport. All homes have internet access which is included in the weekly fee. A laundry service is available once a week within the family home.
All hosts have been selected, interviewed and regularly inspected by an independent agency, Hosts International, who are registered with the British Council.
The British Council writes: "Hosts International meets the standards for registration with the British Council as a provider of homestay and private home accommodation for adults (over 16 years) for accredited providers."
If students are under 18, homestay accommodation is the option that we will organise for them, as per British Council requirements.
You may choose:
- Single or shared rooms (shared rooms are only available for 2 students travelling together)
- Bed and breakfast, half board (breakfast and dinner everyday) or self-catering
- One of 4 homestay options, depending on your needs:
Typically 50 - 60 minutes by public transport from the Language Centre.
These homes are with typical families in suburban London and are a great budget option.
Typically 40 - 50 minutes by public transport from the Language Centre.
These homestays are slightly closer to central London.
Typically 30 - 45 minutes by public transport from the Language Centre.
These homestays are in the city, are typically smaller and could be hosted by a professional or couple.
For an additional fee you can book a Premier Homestay room available for options 1 or 2 only.
These are double rooms with a private bathroom and a TV in the room.
Premier Homestay options are located within a short walk of local public transport links.
You should book your accommodation no later than 4 weeks in advance, though at less busy times we may be able to provide accommodation at shorter notice.
Homestay is normally booked from the Sunday before your course start date, but can be booked from other days of the week if requested, subject to availability. Prices for 1 week include 7 nights' accommodation.
2019 homestay fees
Minimum age 16. Please note that only single occupancy rooms for homestay will be available in 2019.
Weekly rates for a single room
Fees depend on the meal plan and travel time options you choose.
Option 1 (travel time 50 - 60 mins)
Bed and breakfast: £155
Half board: £201
Option 2 (travel time 40 - 50 mins)
Bed and breakfast: £207
Half board: £242
Option 3 (travel time 30 - 45 mins)
Bed and breakfast: £242
Half board: £276
Premier (travel time 40 - 60 mins)
Premier homestay rooms have private bathroom facilities.
Bed and breakfast: £224
Half board: £259