The best way to make the most of your visit to the UK is to stay with a local family in homestay accommodation. Our homestay hosts offer a warm Welsh welcome and give our students the perfect opportunity to practise English and learn about British culture.
Hosts also provide an evening meal, breakfast and a packed lunch. Accommodation can be in a single or shared room if requested. Groups can stay in groups of up to 4 per house if requested.
All our hosts have a police check and we inspect their homes to make sure clean and comfortable for students. Hosts come in all shapes and sizes. Some are families of mother, father and children and some are single people. The thing all our hosts have in common is that enjoy learning about other countries and cultures and enjoy meeting our students. Hosts want to give our visitors a 'home from home' experience.
We find that many students and hosts establish close connections and remain in touch for many years afterwards.
Homestays are our recommended accommodation option but we understand that it is not for everyone. We can also offer the option of Bed and Breakfast or hotel accommodation. There are also a limited number of self-catering options for families or small groups.
Meet Our Hosts
Paul and Sonia became homestay hosts because they wanted their children to meet people from other countries, "We started hosting because we thought it would be nice for our kids to meet people from other countries. For us it has been a positive experience. We have got to find out about different traditions and celebrations and really enjoyed having students to stay".
Paul is a college lecturer and Sonia is a child minder. They have a son age 8, Frankie, and Gina their teenage daughter. There is also a lively little dog called Molly. The whole family love being outdoors, walking, doing sports and visiting places in North Wales.
Talking about the experience of hosting and spending time with students, Sonia says:
"We look up songs to share, we play board games with younger students and we go to the beach or the mountains. We like to get to know the students so we ask them about their day, their homes: pets is usually a good topic. We help students with their homework and help them to find out about cultural things because it is often so different. When students arrive they are mostly very tired so we just give them some food, show them around and make sure they know the arrangements. For food, its good to do stuff that's traditional and mix it with some 'teen' food so they can try it out. Some students really like salad, fruit and vegetables so we do that as well. The best is to just ask them"