How to become a host family
We are always looking for new families that can provide high quality accommodation in private, welcoming homes.
We specifically want well-appointed rooms with adequate space for studying, with easy access to a private or shared bathroom.
Families need to welcome the student into their home as a guest, rather than a lodger. Students that choose to stay with a family are looking for more than just a room to sleep and study in.
What do our clients expect from their homestay experience?
The most important thing is that they feel welcome and part of the household. Our clients are only here for a short time and will form an impression relatively quickly. In addition to the above they will expect:
- A friendly welcome, with explanations of how to use things in the house and the best way to get to school.
- Information about local shops, restaurants, pubs and other facilities.
- Advice or help if they have problems.
- Facilities to do their washing and ironing - the host is expected to offer to do one wash per week for them.
- Breakfast every day.
- Evening meals according to the type of booking you have accepted.
- Sheets and towels (laundered once a week).
- Facilities for a bath or shower every day.
- The opportunity to receive telephone calls (within reasonable hours).
- The opportunity to watch TV either in their rooms or in the household TV room.
What can you expect from your guest?
- To be considerate and to remember that you are staying in someone's home, not in a hotel.
- Not to smoke in the house if you are staying in non-smoking accommodation.
- Not to make a noise if you come home after 10.30pm, when other people in the house may already be asleep.
- To close the front door properly when you return, and lock any doors or windows they have asked you to.
- To turn off lights and heating where possible
- To be considerate if you are sharing the bathroom with your hosts or other guests, so they are not held up.
- To keep the bathroom as tidy as possible, and clean up after you use it.
- To keep your own room reasonably tidy, so that it can be cleaned.
- To let your hosts know if your plans change during the day - for example, you decide that you do not want an evening meal with your hosts.
- To let your hosts know if you intend to stay out all night or until the early hours of the morning. If you do not they may worry about you, or need to lock doors and windows.
- To allow your hosts some privacy so that they can lead their own lives. Do not expect them to be there all the time just for you.
If you are interested in being a host family please contact us for further details, rates and an interview.
Special Offer June 2013
New Student Transfers System
Churchill House customers can now organise their arrival and departure transfers online.
It is now official… excellent quality and great value.
We are really pleased to announce that we have been short listed for not one but two awards.
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