OUR JOURNEY

15
Team Members
10000
Guests placed in Homestay
2000
Homestay Hosts across Zones 1-4 in London

We are brothers, Andrew and Anthony and we founded HFS London in 2007.

From humble beginnings, we are proud to have seen the company grow to become the largest British Council registered homestay only provider in London.

Today we have a well-trained, friendly team of 15 people who specialise exclusively in homestay accommodation. We are based from offices in London’s financial district, Canary Wharf, and every year we connect thousands of overseas students, interns and travellers with host families in London.

Looking back, the seed for HFS London was sown during our own study/ work abroad experience. Andrew spent a year at a French university on the Erasmus  programme, while Anthony interned in Hungary through AIESEC. It is incredible how such a short period of living abroad irreversibly broadened our perspectives and ignited a love for cultural exchange, language and study travel. Our experiences in France and Hungary quickly saw us leave our careers in the financial sector, and embark on our HFS journey. We haven’t looked back since!

So why not help others benefit in the same way?

Our ambition in founding HFS London was to foster greater awareness, understanding and acceptance of other cultures by providing great homestay experiences. This founding principle runs throughout the company to this day as we continue to put the experience of the student and the host at the heart of everything we do.

Having both lived with host families during our time abroad, we understand how daunting it can be to uproot, move to a new country and adapt to a different way of life.

At the same time, we have lived the benefits of homestay first hand, and know that aside from the practical benefits, the homestay experience has the potential to open minds and create life-long friendships.

HFS London was created with a genuine belief in, and personal experience of, the benefits of homestay, language travel and cultural exchange. As a company we have made a conscious decision to remain true to these roots. We are not distracted by other forms of accommodation. Our sole focus is therefore on being experts in homestay, and on providing our students, interns, schools and homestay hosts with the best possible homestay experience in London.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

OUR JOURNEY

2007 - The Birth

Andrew and Anthony move into Commercial Road offices, leaving their finance careers behind them, to embrace the new and exciting challenge ahead…

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June 2007 - 1st Host family recruited!

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June 2007 - 1st Student placed!

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2008 - Milestone

Placed 500 students in homestay within first year! Whoop whoop

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2010 - Milestone

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2011 - STARTED WORKING WITH STAFFORD HOUSE

Our first major language school client in London. The relationship runs strong to this day!

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February 2013

Company grows from 7 to 12 as the team expands to deal with the continuing demand for homestay from our clients.

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2013 - BRITISH COUNCIL INSPECTION

HFS becomes one of only 3 providers registered with the British Council!

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2014

Now working with most of London’s top language schools, colleges and universities, dealing with their homestay requirements.

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2015

HFS London trades Limehouse for Canary Wharf as we move into new spacious offices, and start a new chapter in the company’s history.

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June 2015 - Second BC Registration

Having a British Council inspection whilst the bookings came flooding in was certainly a challenge for us, but we passed with flying colours. So much so, the British council said we didn’t need to be inspected for another 4 years!

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2017

We move from London’s financial district, Canary Wharf, to river fronted offices in a wonderfully creative riverside community, Trinity Buoy Wharf!hfs-timeline-12

TODAY

Team of 15, over 10,000 students placed in homestay and going strong… Where will the future take us???

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HFS were brilliant. They gave me a quick and helpful service and the process was very easy.

Markus, 23Germany

A big thank you to HFS. I was a bit nervous about coming to London, but HFS London made it very simple for me.

Marie, 18France

My host family was great. We have kept in touch and I plan to visit them again next time I am in London.

Riccardo, 22Italy

I really enjoyed my time in London. My host mother was very kind and helped me in London, which is a huge and busy place!

Valeria, 19Spain

I love London! And I am glad I chose to stay with host family, they were nice to me, and my English has improved a lot.

Mei, 20Japan

I will recommend HFS London to my family and friends. They were professional and helped me find a host mother very well.

Claudia, 23Brazil