Affordable accommodation alternatives – Homestay
With the value of UK sterling historically very low, now is a great time to book a group trip to London. However, in spite of the favourable exchange rate high quality, cheap group accommodation can still be tricky to find in London. This is especially the case over the summer months.
Organisers booking group accommodation in London will often choose (i) over-priced hotels or (ii) impersonal hostel accommodation. A lesser known, yet much cheaper alternative group accommodation option, is homestay.
Homestay is accommodation with a “host family”. The host(s) may or may not be a family in the traditional sense. Hosts will rent out a spare room in their own home, and provide a friendly “home from home” welcome to their guests. Homestay is one of the most personal ways therefore of experiencing life in a new city or county.
How much does it cost?
One of the biggest advantages is the price for group homestays. Normal (i.e. non-group) homestay prices start from just £19 per person per night. However, there are discounts for groups, which can make homestay one of the cheapest (per person) accommodation options in London. Please contact us for more information on group discounts.
Guests can have their own room or share a twin room. There is also the option to have meals (breakfast only, half board and full board) added to the package.
How many guests can stay in homestay?
Homestay can be booked for up to 100 people at a time. Guests will either be accommodated in one specific part of London or in clusters around London. Location availability can vary depending on the time of year.
Are there any groups that homestay is NOT suitable for?
Group homestays in London can be booked by almost anyone: tourists, UK or international schools, language students, interns etc. The main exception to this is group accommodation for parties (e.g. wedding, birthday, stag or hen-dos) where everyone needs to be in one place. If this is what you need, then homestay is probably not the best option for you.
What about safety?
Homestays are all inspected to British Council standards before they are registered. For guests aged under 18, there are additional safeguards in place. For example, hosts must have criminal record checks before a guest aged under 18 is placed with them.
Interested in finding out more?
If you are researching different types of accommodation for a group trip to London, then why not add homestay to your shortlist of options? HFS London specialises in homestay accommodation for groups, and would be happy to discuss any one-off, or regular, group homestay booking requirements that you may have.
If you have any queries at all, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
We look forward to hearing from you!