Homestay Accommodation

Homestay is where a homeowner welcomes a student into their home, as a full member of the household, providing a room for the duration of the student's course.

We believe that homestay accommodation is a very important part of learning English. There are several advantages to staying in a homestay:

  • You become part of a household, experiencing the British way of life.

  • You can practice your English in everyday conversation.

  • It is also probably the cheapest way for you to find comfortable accommodation.

Homestay hosts mostly offer half board accommodation, but we also have hosts who offer bed and breakfast with light use of the kitchen and even some hosts who offer self-catering.


Meal plans

The different meal plans are:

  • Half board – breakfast and dinner (seven dinners).

  • Half board – breakfast and dinner (five dinners).

  • Breakfast only with light use of kitchen.

  • Self-catering with full use of the kitchen.

  • Students under 18 can only book the Homestay with seven evening meals option.


Facilities

All of our hosts will provide:

  • A well ventilated and comfortable bedroom.

  • Adequate storage space, including hanging and drawer space.

  • A table for private study.

  • Access to a bathroom, with bath or showers.

  • A change of towels and bed linen each week.

  • Access to a washing machine, weekly.

  • Use of the common living areas and privacy in your own room (single rooms only).

  • WIFI.


Travelling in London Zones

Most of our hosts are in the South London area and within easy reach of Victoria School on public transport (train, tube or bus). Some of our hosts are within walking distance of Victoria School.

The public transport system is divided into zones. We are located in zone 1. The nearest train station is London Victoria. The nearest underground station is Sloane Square on the District and Circle line (yellow/green lines on the underground map).

We have accommodation in the following Zones

ZONE 1
Chelsea
Westminster
Pimlico




ZONE 2
Battersea
Putney
Fulham
Clapham Junction
Parsons Green
Wandsworth
Finchley Road

ZONE 3
Balham
West Norwood
Dulwich
Tooting




Homestay accommodation options

Option 1 - Standard room (£)

 
Zone Description Cost

Zone 3

Self-catering

£140

Zone 3

Bed & Breakfast

£155

Zone 3

Half-board

£185

Zone 2

Bed & Breakfast

£185

Zone 2

Half-board

£215

 

Information

  • Average journey time 30 – 35 minutes.

  • All rooms have a shared bathroom.

  • All rooms are for one person.

  • If you are travelling as a couple and require a twin room please let us know.

Popular standard host profiles

Host in Parsons Green – Zone 2

Host in Streatham Common – Zone 3

 

Option 2 - Superior room with a shared bathroom (££)

 
Zone Description Cost

Zone 3

Bed & Breakfast

£185

Zone 3

Half-board

£205

Zone 2

Bed & Breakfast

£245

Zone 2

Half-board (5 dinners)

£265

Zone 1

Bed & Breakfast

£265 - £285

Zone 1

Half-board

£275

 

Information

  • Average journey time is 15 – 35 minutes (depending on the zone).

  • Rooms are larger rooms than the standard room option.

  • All rooms have a shared bathroom.

  • All rooms are for one person.

  • If you travelling as a couple and require a twin room please let us know.

Popular superior host profiles

Host in Chelsea – Zone 1

Host in Pimlico – Zone 1

Host in Battersea – Zone 2

Host in Battersea (females only) – Zone 1

Host in Fulham – Zone 2

Host in West Norwood – Zone 3

 

Option 3 - Executive room (£££)

 
Zone Description Cost

Zone 3

Half-board

£225

Zone 2

Bed & Breakfast

£215 - £275

Zone 1

Bed & Breakfast

£275 - £315

 

Information

  • Private bathroom with each room.

  • Journey time 15 – 30 minutes (depending on the Zone).

  • All rooms are for one person.

  • If you travelling as a couple and require a twin room please let us know.

Popular executive host profiles

Host in West Dulwich – Zone 1

Host in Westminster – Zone 1


What to expect from a homestay

We visit, and are in regular contact with our homestay hosts, many of which have been hosting for our students for many years.

At peak times of the year and for under 18 students, we will also use established accommodation agencies who are registered with the British Council and inspected by the British Council on a regular basis.

Our hosts are all quite different. They come from different backgrounds, age groups and socioeconomic groups.

Some of you may live with a family, others with a woman on her own or with a retired couple. Some may live in flats 15 minutes’ walk from Victoria School, others in large houses 30–35 minutes away.

Some of you will be the only student in the house. Others may live with other students from Victoria School.

Some homestay hosts have time to chat and spend time with students (which is a great way to gain practical experience of the English language). Other homestay hosts have busy working lives, so you may have less contact time. Having dinner with your family is a good way to practise your English on a regular basis. You will also be welcome to join your hosts in the common living areas.

All our homestays fit our basic criteria.

  • Genuine desire to welcome students into their home.

  • A clean and comfortable house.

  • Speak English to a native standard.