Homestay is where a homeowner provides a room in the home they live in to students for the duration of the student’s



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. Some homestay hosts have time to chat and spend time with students, which can be a great way to gain practical experience of the English language. Other homestay hosts have busy working lives, so may have less contact time.


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 from different homestay categories including standard, superior or executive. There are different board options available including bed & breakfast and half-board with 4 or 7 evening meals provided each week. Homestays are available for all students aged 16 and over and students under the age of 18 will be placed in DBS checked homestays.


The accommodation team at IH London make regular inspections to homestays ensuring your chosen host is as accommodating and welcoming as possible.

Residences are self-catering accommodation; either ‘studios’ which have a small bathroom and a kitchen area in the room

or ‘en-suites’ which have private bathroom and shared kitchen facilities. All residences have communal areas such as a gym, study area, cinema room.


For independent students aged 18 and over, residential accommodation is perfect to explore inner city London and mix with other international students.


You can choose from en suite rooms with shared kitchen facilities or full contained studios with bathrooms and kitchenettes. Our residences are in zones 1 and 2 making travel to school possible on foot or by public transport. Residences include kitchen utensils and bedding making it easy for you to settle in upon arrival. There is a minimum stay of 2 weeks in residential accommodation.  


Our residences, located in Kings Cross and Highbury, are modern, well equipped and close to public transport. Staying

in one of our student residences gives you the chance to live in the heart of London with all the bars, restaurants, theatres and visitor attractions on your doorstep.

IH can arrange a hotel or apartment near the school such as the Citadines Apartments less than 10 mins walk away. The 4-star deluxe Kingsway Hall Hotel is minutes away from International House London, Theatreland, the Royal Opera House, the British Museum and the City, and is perfect for comfort and convenience.

Alternatively, there is the 3-star Strand Palace Hotel, built in 1909 and featured in several movies and television dramas. This is also very close to International House London, as well as Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace and Leicester Square. Wifi is provided in all accommodation as standard. IH London offers preferential rates for local hotels, apartments and guest houses. Please contact us for more information today.

Accommodation comparison checklist  

Use our accommodation comparison chart to decide which option is best for you  

Features   Homestay   Residence  Hotel  
Private bedroom                     
Kitchen usage           ×             ×
Private en suite           ×        √    
Study area         √            
Towels                  ×    
Shared room available (for 2 students)                 ×    
Central London location          ×               
Meals included                 ×     ×
Walking distance from school          ×            
Social spaces         ×            
Laundry services                      ×
24/7 security          ×            


I absolutely love hosting IH students! I have met people from all over the world aged from 16years to 65 years, from every background you can imagine. I have learnt so much from them and many have become friends. We have shared recipes, trips around London and many life events together over the years and I hope to be hosting for many years to come!
Fiona Nouri
Hosting through International House’s being an amazing experience. It’s truly a cultural exchange. Our “host daughter” is an amazing person, it’s lovely to share our space and days with her. 
Caroline Scaranello
Hosting students from international house has been an important and rewarding part of our lives for the past 28 years. It’s always so interesting to learn about their cultures and way of life and keeping in contact with them for many years after their time spent with us.
Eilish Rafferty
We have been hosting International House students for over twenty years and it has been a pleasure, bringing the world into our lives and broadening the perspectives of the whole family.  Guests sense the family ethos and make themselves at home.  International House is a straight, sensible, supportive business partner.  We would recommend Homestay to any visitor as the prime means of acquiring conversational English.
Gareth Jones
My family and I have been hosting students for some time and we have found this to be quite rewarding, example we saw other countries through the eyes of our students.
Julia Udennis
Hosting IH students has proved to be a very rewarding experience. Recently we have had students aged between 21 and 57, from Japan, Korea, Poland and Turkey.
We have found IH staff to be efficient, helpful and friendly which has made everything run very smoothly.
Diane Luck
Hosting my first student has been an absolute pleasure. She is a lovely lady and very respectful of the home. We share knowledge of our cultures which is very interesting and helping her practise and improve her English is very satisfying.
Marisa Savoia
I am very happy that students in my house often feel at home and they either request to come back to my house or recommend my house to their friends or families.
I enjoy having the students around and I feel a bit lonely when they are not around!
Parvin Pope

Chapter Kings Cross is a nice and welcoming student accommodation. IH London is the best English school I have ever attended. 

Werther Ladanza, Italy 


The food was so amazing. I had an amazing time at my accommodation. 

Mohita Chauhan, India 


It’s a lovely and caring family. They always offer breakfast, dinner and a lunchbox to take away.

Alicia Carhuayo, Peru


Elaine was a very kind and welcoming host not only for me but also for the Korean girl who was staying there.

Ana Laura Thompson, Brazil


The quality of the meals was excellent!

Grégoire Châtelain, Switzerland 


I love my host family! I was really worried about the homestay, but now they are indispensable.

Miai Hasui, Japan


I booked breakfast only and Eilish was very accommodating. She always asked me what I like for breakfast and even brought me little treats, salads, fruit etc. from time to time. This was really nice of her.

Larisa Teichert, Germany















Chapter Highbury

Chapter Highbury

Rate: £369 per week

A modern student residence located in vibrant north London. It is moments from Holloway Road and is just two tube stops away from King’s Cross, making it the ideal location for easy connections across the city. Cinema, on-site gym, great study space, games and karaoke room, social space, study booths and TV area. Single rooms with private bathrooms. Zone 2.

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Chapter Kings Cross IH London accommodation

Chapter Kings Cross

Rate: £469 per week

Close to the central King’s Cross St Pancras train station, Chapter was recently completely refurbished and has great modern facilities. Studio with private bathroom and kitchenette. On-site gym, cinema room, games area with table tennis, pool table and table football, study areas, social spaces and courtyard. Zone 1.

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Chapter Portobello

Rate: £449 per week

Chapter Portobello located in Zone 2, is a modern student residence near popular Notting Hill area. This quiet neighbourhood is just a short walk away from the famous Portobello Road Market and has excellent links to many parts of central London.

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Accommodation Homestay

Standard Homestay

From £206 per week

Comfortable homes with cosy bedrooms and shared bathroom facilities. Enjoy excellent home cooked meals.

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Superior homestay

Superior Homestay

From £252 per week

Spacious, well-presented homes, with large bedrooms and shared bathroom facilities. Enjoy excellent home cooked meals.

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Executive Homestay

From £299 per week

Spacious, well-presented homes, with large bedrooms and private bathrooms. Enjoy excellent home cooked meals.

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Hotels & Apartments

Strand Palace Hotel

In the heart of London, where the city meets the West End. Multilingual staff and a concierge service will ensure you have everything you could want from your stay in London.

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Citadines: Covent Garden

Your own apartment and space, while discovering a new city and learning with us. Feel the comfort of home within the bustling capital city.

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