If you have a question about our homestay accommodation, look at the FAQs below in case we have the answer.
A bed with bedding, some hanging or drawer space for your clothes, usually a desk or table, adequate lighting and a chair. In bigger rooms there may be more furniture. (Superior homestay rooms are usually larger and better furnished and decorated than standard homestay rooms.) You will also be able to use the homestay sitting room. You must keep your room tidy so the host can clean it every week.
You will probably find the food provided by your host quite different from that at home. Please remember that trying different food is part of the experience of living abroad.
You will be able to have a bath or shower every day. Usually washing facilities are shared with the hosts but most superior homestays have private bathroom facilities for students.
You will be given your own key to the house. Bedrooms in private homes do not usually have locks.
Your host will provide bedding & towels. These will be changed every week.
Your homestay host will either wash your clothes with the household washing or will allow you to use the washing machine. There will be somewhere for you to do hand washing. You will be shown where to hang your clothes to dry. You will have to do your own ironing.
All our homestay hosts are friendly and welcoming and will be happy to talk with you. The main time for talking is during the evening meal. Some hosts may also have time to talk at other times of day, but all hosts require some privacy and many will be working during the day.
You will usually be able to watch television in the sitting room with your homestay host(s). A few hosts also provide a television in the student’s room.
You can decide to leave our accommodation at any time but you must give a minimum of 2 weeks notice to the school and to the homestay host.
Approximately 90% of our homestay hosts provide broadband internet access in their home, however we cannot guarantee availability of broadband in your accommodation before your arrival.
Please be considerate in your usage of the host’s internet connection – you should check with your host before downloading large files or communicating with friends and family at home (e.g. via Skype) late at night.
Remember that there is Wireless Internet (WiFi) access throughout our school building which is free for all students.