Finding you the right place to live during your stay

Homestay Accommodation

We strongly recommend Homestay accommodation for students who are new to the UK, and it is compulsory for those aged under 18.

Homestay accommodation means living with a local family. You will be provided with breakfast and dinner Monday to Friday and three meals at the weekend.  You will find that your language skills will develop very quickly because you are having to listen and speak English all the time.

Our homestay accommodation is carefully selected. Host families are monitored on a regular basis and students are matched to a family that suit their requirements. Students can choose to stay in a single or twin room during their stay at a host family.

Many of the Homestay properties are large family homes and they can provide a very pleasant and safe environment for International students. Families will vary in terms of what they offer but there is a minimum level of support and service that The College insists on for students. Equally the student should understand that they are living in a family home and must be sure to observe the rules of the house.

The minimum length of stay with a host family is 4 weeks (group bookings have their own agreement). Students under 18 years of age will require written permission from a parent or guardian before a student moves from College-arranged homestay accommodation.


Current rates are £129 a week per person for a single room and £115 a week per person for a twin room.

Our Accommodation Officer can help you find the right homestay accommodation for you during your course; there is an arrangement fee of £75 for this service.

Telephone: 00 44 1202 205317 or 01202 205317

You may also wish to download and review the Homestay documentation:

How to apply for Homestay Accommodation

My host family are very supportive and I am very satisfied with my accommodation.

Very friendly, I feel like part of the family, my hosts are amazing.

I am very happy with my host family and the accommodation.

Host family very attentive, always clean, and cook different food types. They regularly ask if I need anything.

My family are very nice people. A very good host family, Host of the Year! Talking to me, integrating me into the family, always open for questions.

They do everything to make me happy.

Self-catering Accommodation

There are plenty of self-catering accommodation options available for students aged over 18 who wish to live on their own or with friends.

The College does not arrange this type of accommodation and students would need to make direct contact with a letting agent.

Accommodation – complaints or dissatisfaction

The College, as a child care organisation, is a member of the Bournemouth and Poole Language Liaison Committee, and is subject to Ofsted Care Standards Inspection.

Please contact our Accommodation Officer if you are dissatisfied in any way with your Homestay accommodation.

Telephone: 01202 205317

You can also view the National Minimum Standards for Accommodation of Students under Eighteen by Further Education Colleges (pdf).

In the unlikely event that you are still dissatisfied after you have contacted the Accommodation Officer you can complain to the Office of Standards in Education (Ofsted) directly via the contact details below.

Piccadilly Gate
Store Street
M1 2WD
Tel: 0300 123 1231