Becoming a host family to international students is a great way to earn a bit of extra income, learn about new cultures and welcome someone into your home as if they were part of the family.
Here at HFS London, we work on behalf of London’s top language schools, universities and educational institutions. So, every year we place thousands of overseas students in homestay accommodation across the capital.
We are always looking for new host families in north, south, east and west London across the majority of zones 1 to 4. We have a diverse range of hosts on our register, from all different backgrounds. Homestay hosts don’t need to be “families” in the traditional sense. Host families can be single parents, couples or empty nesters. The most important thing is that you have a spare room in your own home and a willingness to provide a “home from home” to guests.
Our students usually come to take short courses at language schools in central London. So, the average stay is around 4 to 6 weeks. We place students from Brazil, China, Paraguay, Switzerland, France, Thailand and Japan in our homestays across London. Literally then, your homestay guest could be from anywhere in the world. The majority of students are aged between 18 and 25 years old. Whereas we do place 16 and 17 year olds as well, we do not place anyone younger than 16. We also get homestay enquiries from visiting interns, and occasionally overseas professionals or tourists as well.
When a student chooses homestay, they are looking for more than a room in someone’s home. They are looking for a home where the host is more than just a landlord. Our hosts act as a point of support for their guests, helping them to get settled, find their feet and navigate life in London. As a result, many of our students keep in touch with their hosts long after they depart. This is one of the many rewarding aspects of becoming a host family.
Hosting is a very worthwhile and rewarding experience, and registering with HFS London; a trusted, quality, British Council registered provider, couldn’t be easier. Our friendly team handles everything from dealing with the client through to the payment, so all you need to do is welcome your homestay guest with open arms when they arrive.