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Accommodation and Welfare

We know how important it is to be happy where you are living so that you can get the most from your time in England. This is why we choose all student accommodation with special care. We offer three main types of accommodation.


Living with a family gives students an ideal opportunity to learn about the English way of life. Students of different nationalities are often placed with the same host family to encourage spoken English. Host families provide a very homely environment and are all within easy walking distance of the school.

In the winter, students are accommodated in single rooms, unless they ask to share. In the summer, students under 18 years old are accommodated in a twin-bedded room.

All host families are carefully selected and most of them have worked with the school for many years.

We try to ensure that:

  • All host families are within easy walking distance of the school
  • You will not be placed with another student of the same nationality
  • Your room will be clean and comfortable with fresh bed linen and towels provided every week

Accommodation Requirements

It is very important to give us your homestay requirements before you arrive. We need to know whether you have any allergies, dietary requirements, preferences, likes and dislikes towards animals, and whether you are a smoker or not. We can then match you with the family you will be most suited to.

Many families in England will have a pet dog or cat, you must tell us if you do not want to be with a family with animals.

Rules and Regulations

All students during the winter will be accommodated in a single room.

During the summer season students under 18 years may share a twin-bedded room with another student. If you do have a roommate, they will always be of a different nationality. So you can practice your English speaking with your room mate too!

If you would like to share a room with your friend, or be in the same host family as a friend please let us know upon enrolment. This can be arranged.

There should never be more than 4 students over 18 years in your host family. Under 18’s are not to be expected to share a room with more than 1 person.

Hotels or Guest Houses*

There are a wide range of small hotels and guest houses available in Southbourne and the surrounding area.

House/Self-Catering Flats*

Centrally located, fully-equipped houses and flats are available.


Advice is always available from our Welfare Officer. If necessary, students normally see their host family’s doctor or dentist, but the school can help if this is not possible. Students are strongly advised to take out adequate insurance before travelling to Britain.

We also have a 24 hour Emergency helpline for students to contact. A member of staff will assist you in any out of hours emergency.

Senior students under the age of 18 years, and who are travelling independently, will meet with our Welfare Officer once a week to discuss any issues or difficulties they are experiencing settling in to life in England.

*Details available from School Reception

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