Homestay is where a homeowner welcomes a student into their home, as a full member of the household, providing a room for the duration of the student's course.
A homestay gives the opportunity to live with local people and experience life in a London home. For our students, homestay is a cost-effective way to stay in London.
Homestay can be booked online when booking your course. Simply select your Homestay option on the first page of the checkout process.
For more information on homestay, bookings and availability email the accommodation team: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students under 18 can only book the Homestay with 7 evening meals option.
Some homestay hosts have time to chat and spend time with students, which is a great way to gain practical experience of the English language. Other homestay hosts have busy working lives, so may have less contact time, however, we ask our hosts to eat meals with our students. This is a good way to practise English and experience life in a family home. Therefore, we recommend that you take the option of evening meals and some hosts may prefer you to be home at a fixed mealtime so that everyone can eat together - this can be discussed with your homestay host.
Whatever the situation in your homestay accommodation, you will have time to explore London with the friends you make at IH London or relax in your room.
You can choose either a Standard or Superior room (with shared bathroom) or an Executive room (with a private bathroom). You can also choose a single room, or a shared room if you and a friend are booking together. All of our homestay providers will provide:
- A well ventilated and comfortable bedroom
- Adequate storage space, including hanging and drawer space
- A table for private study
- Access to a bathroom, with bath or showers
- A change of towels and bed linen each week
- Access to a washing machine, weekly
- Use of the common living areas and privacy in your own room (single rooms only)
Accommodation is available from Sunday to Sunday for the duration of your course.
For answers to common student questions, please see our Homestay FAQ.
Please note: We may use agencies to help us find accommodation, but our friendly team will organise everything for you.