HOSTING OVERSEAS STUDENTS – Hammersmith
Hammersmith is a place well known by name outside of the UK. It is also often recognised by tourists because of the London Underground line partially named after it. Part of the North bank of the Thames in West London, Hammersmith is growing in popularity as a destination to stay within amongst visitors and students alike.
If you live in the Hammersmith area and have a spare room that you would consider renting out to students visiting the UK for work or study placements, please do read on: as here at HFS London we’re always looking for new host families in the neighbourhood.
Hammersmith is identified in the London Plan as one of the 35 major centres in the capital, and so continues to receive a good degree of investment from the government and local authorities. There are numerous colleges and universities in the local area and with such comprehensive public transport available, it’s easy to get further afield in the city or beyond should this be required. Combined with the feeling of a safe residential community and approachable, friendly locals compared to some other areas of London, it’s really no surprise that more and more international students are opting to stay in Hammersmith when they visit the city.
What is there to do in Hammersmith?
It’s easy to forget when you live somewhere just how much there is to see and do in the area. You’ll have to look at it with a fresh pair of eyes. We encourage all our homestay students to experience as much as they can where they stay. So consider suggesting the following to your student guests, either to do by themselves or with you in tow too!
Walk the Thames Path
The 184-mile Thames Path is an ideal way for visitors to take in some of the London scenery. It’s a good opportunity to enjoy some fresh air while doing so. Locally to Hammersmith, the Path winds past some apartment blocks as well as some traditional Georgian and Regency houses. You can see across to the historic Harrods Furniture Depository, constructed back in the 1800s.
Eat your way around the world on King Street
THE high street of Hammersmith. King Street was the principal road to Windsor Castle from London for hundreds of years. Now a more traditional high street, it’s well known for its wide variety of restaurants spanning cuisine from around the world, so you can enjoy a meal from almost anywhere without leaving the comfort of London!
Watch the Annual University Boat Race
The famed Cambridge – Oxford boat race is a quintessentially British event. It’s free to watch and the half-way point isn’t far from Hammersmith, so things are really in full swing by the time they reach the neighbourhood! What’s more, a Fan Park is normally set up in Furnivall Gardens for anyone to attend and enjoy pop-up food stalls, a bar and related boating activities.
Become a Host Family in Hammersmith
If you’d be interested in earning some extra income through letting out your spare room short-term to international students, get in touch with the HFS London team – we’re looking for accommodation in the area and always welcome new families on-board. You don’t need any experience in such hosting, and we’re happy to offer full training. There’s no long-term commitment and it’s a great way to make some extra money in the run-up to Christmas or through the new year. You can call or e-mail our team for more info.
Not in Hammersmith? HFS are also looking for hosts in neighbouring Acton, Shepherd’s Bush, Fulham, Putney and Kensington.