Become a Host / Host Family
for Students

Become a host / host family for students and earn up to £760 per week in the winter, and £960 in the summer if you accommodate 4 international students from our language school! As well as earning extra money, hosting students is a great way to bring new cultures into your home. If you're interested, then please complete our Homestay Application Form and we'll be in touch!

For our latest host family rates, please read the Homestay Handbook above

Once you have read and completed the above forms, please send to: [email protected]

How to become a host, or host family for students

We have some requirements for hosting international students. You’ll need to be located in one of the following areas:

  • Southbourne
  • Bournemouth
  • Christchurch
  • Boscombe
  • Pokesdown
  • Littledown
  • Hengistbury Head

Hosts / Host families need to be around to help our international students adjust to a different way of life. You’ll be their friend and guardian during their stay at the school.

Please see below the criteria adapted from the British Council Homestay Guidelines.

All hosts and host families should provide the following in order to be suitable for hosting students:

  • Hosts and host families should make our international student’s feel like a full member of the household, eating together and sharing the common living areas.
  • No more than four international students will be accommodated in homestay accommodation at any one time.
  • The house should represent a proper state of cleanliness and repair.
  • There should be adequate heating and lighting.
  • A sufficiently spacious bedroom with natural light, equipped with an adequately sized bed and adequate hanging and drawer space for clothes.
  • Appropriate privacy from members of the opposite sex.
  • A table for private study or a table in the house they can use to study.
  • Sufficient washing facilities and access to a bathroom, with baths or showers available daily.
  • A change of towels and bed linen each week and an adequate supply of duvets or blankets.
  • A light load of laundry once a week.

If you have any questions about becoming a host for students, don’t hesitate to contact our dedicated Accommodation officer: [email protected] or visit our Contact Us page!

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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

    When you become a host or host family for students at our language school, we expect the following:

    • To welcome students into your home and integrate them into your family life
    • During their stay explain English traditions and customs such as queuing, manners etc.
    • To provide healthy, nutritious and filling meals
    • To inform us if your student cannot attend school due to illness etc.
    • 10, 11 and 12 year olds are not allowed out in the evenings without supervision
    • 13 and 14 year olds can stay out until 21:00
    • 15 year olds can stay out until 22:00
    • 16 and 17 year olds can stay out until 23:00

    You will receive payment for your student one week in arrears and usually on a Friday.

    Student arrival on a Saturday or Sunday – Payment will be made 1 week after student arrival.

    Student mid-week arrival – If student date of arrival is mid-week, payment is different. Payment will be processed on the Friday following their arrival.

    Students aged 16+ should be given a key. We do not recommend giving under 16’s a key, as they should not be in the house unsupervised.

    Emails will be sent confirming your students arrival. If your student is in a group, text messages will be sent also.

    Yes, but students from other schools cannot share rooms with our students.

    • The students must not speak the same language, even if they are a different nationality i.e. you should not accommodate a Spanish student and Argentinian student at the same time, as they both speak Spanish.
    • Students over the age of 18 should not be in the same accommodation as under 18’s.

    Hygiene problems mostly occur with younger junior students. They are away from home and would usually be told by parents when to wash their clothes or have a bath. You have a duty of care to be tactful and encourage them to have regular showers/baths. Also remind them to give you their laundry once a week.

    • When students are more than an hour late from activities and have not contacted you. If you cannot locate your student, or their group leader, then leave a message on the emergency phone.
    • Serious injuries or accidents
    • Personal emergencies which mean your student will need moving to a new host family immediately.
    • For general enquiries, arrival times and complaints please call during office hours.

    It is up to you if you allow your student to use the kitchen. Some students like to cook their hosts’ meals as a thank you.

    This is standard for many European countries, middle eastern countries, as well as some others. Communication is the best solution. Either place a sign in your bathroom, or simply explain to your student that toilet paper should be flushed.

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    Tanakon P2
    Tanakon P2
    26 April 2024
    I have a nice time in here, Teacher so nice. I love study in Southbourne school of English :)
    Supakan Wangsap
    Supakan Wangsap
    26 April 2024
    It’s very nice school
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    กันตพงษ์ รุจนเสรี
    26 April 2024
    Very fun
    Pim-Pimol Suwanna
    Pim-Pimol Suwanna
    26 April 2024
    good, everyone is friendly.
    Jesada Kitjaroenchai
    Jesada Kitjaroenchai
    26 April 2024
    SSE is a great school. All staffs are friendly, nice and helpful. Well managed for matching the lovely host family with each student.
    Jackie Oberthaler
    Jackie Oberthaler
    16 April 2024
    I had a great visit to Southbourne yesterday. A lovely warm welcome with smiles and plenty of sunshine. The school is student friendly, welcoming and vibrant. The building looks great after the recent renovations. The team are enthusiastic and motivated. Thank you for all doing a great job.

    Student Testimonial

    “I feel like they are my family, and to describe them as anything other than my family would not be right.”

    I have been staying with the same host family for the last 10 years. I feel like they are my family, and to describe them as anything other than my family would not be right.

    Graciela - International Student from Argentina