Student Accommodation: Homestays
Here at Bloomsbury International, we offer a wide range of student accommodation options for our students, meaning you’re sure to find something that suits your preferences and budget. One of our most popular accommodation options for English language students is the homestay. This involves living with a local family, where you’ll be treated as a member of the family, giving you a unique insight into British life while you’re learning English in London.
Of course, a homestay isn’t right for everyone, so here is some more information about what you can expect if you choose it as your accommodation while you’re studying at our London language school:
Who you’ll live with
Our student accommodation London homestays are with individuals and families of all ages, sizes and ethnic backgrounds. However the one thing you can be sure of is that you’ll receive a warm welcome and be treated as part of the family.
Where you’ll live
We have homestay accommodation available in different parts of London. Most of the homes are in outer London (travel zones 3 and 4), which means you could expect a travel time of up to 60 minutes to get into central London for your English classes each day. This may sound like a long time, especially if you come from a small town; however, London is so large that most people travel for 60 minutes or more to get to work/college from their homes every day! We also have some homestay accommodation available more centrally in zones 1 and 2, but this is limited.
What facilities you’ll get
This will depend on your preferences. Normally, you’ll have your own bedroom (unless you’re travelling with a friend and specifically request to share a twin room in a homestay), but you will share other facilities such as the bathroom and lounge with your host family. Most of our homestay families offer breakfast, or dinner and breakfast (known as “half board), although some may offer you a self-catering option or provide all meals. It’s important to understand that where your host family provides a meal, you’re normally expected to eat it with the rest of the family. This is a great experience as it will give you a chance to practise your English in a typical family setting. Your bed linen and towels will be changed once a week and you’ll also be allowed to do one load of laundry a week. Depending on your host family, you may have access to additional facilities such as internet access.
Things to think about
It’s important to remember that if you choose a homestay as your accommodation while you’re learning English in London, you’ll be living as part of a family. This means you’ll need to be considerate of the needs of other people in the family, and to follow any rules of the home, such as being quiet after a certain time at night or helping with the household chores.
Want to know more our student accommodation in London?
If a homestay sounds like it might be the right option for you, our accommodation office can answer any specific questions you have and tell you how to apply.