Host Family Accommodation

Host Family Accommodation

Brockenhurst College prides itself on providing a truly British experience 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. Living with a single host, a couple or in a family in nearby towns and villages, you will travel to College by bus or train just like our local students do.

Become a host family

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A safe and comfortable home from home

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. The room will have a carpet or bedside rug and a waste paper container.

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.

Become a host family

What is included?

  • An English-speaking cultural environment
  • A private furnished room for each student
  • Laundry (1-2 times per week)
  • Use of a family bathroom
  • Internet access
  • Food – breakfast and evening meals on weekdays, and breakfast, lunch and evening meals at weekends and periods of holiday
  • Use of electricity, gas and water

Become a host family


Life in the UK

Our food and habits – may be very different from what you are used to.

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

Here are some additional information about living with a host family:



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

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.


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

The Internet

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


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.


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