AccommodationFinding you the right place to live during your stay
We strongly recommend Homestay accommodation for students who are new to the UK, and it is compulsory for those aged under 18.
Homestay accommodation involves living with a local family and includes breakfast and dinner Monday to Friday and three meals at the weekend.
Our Homestay hosts can provide a very pleasant and safe environment for students and if English is not your first language they can help you to practice and improve your language skills. Hosts are asked to integrate students into their family life so you can have a home away from home during your time at The College.
Homestay accommodation is carefully selected by The College and is monitored on a regular basis to ensure that it meets our standards. All families and family homes are different but the Accommodation Team work hard to match students to host families who suit their needs and preferences.
The College is regulated by Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) so we ensure that the service and Homestay accommodation we provide meets their National Minimum Standards (pdf)
The minimum length of stay with a host family is 4 weeks (group bookings have their own agreement).
Students can stay in a single room or a twin room shared with one other student (twin rooms are available for group bookings only).
Students who stay in their Homestay accommodation over the set college holidays (Christmas, Easter and half-terms) are required to pay an additional fee – this will cover the extra lunches that the host will provide. If, however, students choose to go away during the set college holidays, they will pay a retainer fee instead of the standard rate so that their room is held whilst they are away.
|Prices per person||1st September 2018|
- 31st August 2019
|1st September 2019
- 31st August 2020
|Single Room||£133 per week||£133 per week|
|Twin Room||£119 per week||£119 per week|
|Additional fee during College holidays||£25 per week||£25 per week|
|Retainer fee during College holidays||£49 per week||£49 per week|
|Accommodation booking fee||£100||£100|
|Airport Transfer (one way from Heathrow*)||£155||£170|
|*This price is subject to review to allow for increases in fuel and waiting times at the airport. Prices for transfers from other UK airports available on request.|
How to Apply
To apply for Homestay accommodation:
- please first read the Agreement for Students booklet (pdf)
- complete the Homestay Accommodation Application Form (pdf)
- return your completed form to the Student Accommodation Team either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to the address below:
Student Accommodation Team
International Department – Room 21
Bournemouth and Poole College
Telephone: 00 44 1202 205317 or 01202 205317
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.
Bournemouth and Poole College do not own or allocate any self-catered student accommodation. There are, however, lots of self-catering accommodation options available for students aged over 18 who wish to live independently or with friends whilst they are studying at The College.
Information about local accommodation options can be provided on request however students will need to make direct contact with the letting agents and private student accommodation companies to pursue this option further.
Accommodation – complaints or dissatisfaction
Please contact the Student Accommodation Team directly if you are dissatisfied in any way with your Homestay accommodation or the service that we provide:
Telephone: 01202 205317
In the unlikely event that you are still dissatisfied after you have contacted the Student Accommodation Team, you can submit a complaint as per The College’s complaints policy (pdf).
You are also entitled to submit a complaint to Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) via the contact details below: