Host Family Accommodation

Host Family Accommodation

We pride ourselves on providing a truly British experience for international students and our Homestay Accommodation Programme is one of the reasons.

Living with a host family is one of the best ways to enjoy British culture and lifestyle.

You will have the opportunity to get involved in everyday life, from eating together to watching British television. You will travel to College by bus or train just like our local students do from nearby towns or villages.


A safe and comfortable home from home

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Families are selected, inspected and monitored by our international team, and all family members have to pass a Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check.

Host families welcome students into their homes, making them a part of the family and helping them feel at home in the UK. English is spoken in the home and is an excellent way for you to practice conversational English outside of College and to learn about British culture and daily life.

You will have your own bedroom with a desk, or table and chair, a wardrobe or hanging space, drawer space, a bedside table and shelves for books and personal belongings. Use of electricity, gas and water and a family bathroom.

The family may have a pet, which is very common in the UK. As part of the application process, we ask you to give us information about your preferences which will help us match you with the most suitable host family.

What should you expect from your homestay experience?

The International team are here to help each student settle into their new life and help with any problems.


You will eat breakfast and dinner with the family on weekdays, and breakfast, lunch and dinner at the weekend and during periods of holiday.

You are welcome to use their kitchen to prepare meals. The Hard Brock Café at the College sells lunch, drinks and snacks. Some British supermarkets have a ‘world foods’ aisle where you can find a broader selection of food items from around the world.

The Internet

All host families are required to provide internet access for you to use. Please check with your host regarding download limits.


Friends may visit you at your home but you should always ask the host’s permission first.









The host family will do your laundry once or twice a week, when convenient. Any items which require dry cleaning or special care are your responsibility, not your host’s.

Illness or injury

Your host family will help if you have a medical problem and will contact a doctor/hospital/dentist on your behalf if necessary. You can register with a local doctor on your arrival; your host family will be able to tell you where the nearest doctor’s surgery is.

Thinking of becoming a host family?

If you would like any further information about the Homestay programme, please complete the enquiry box below, or you can proceed directly to the application form by clicking the button below  – please note this may take 10-15 minutes to complete. Alternatively, you could call the International Department directly on 01590 625325


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