We have over 10,000 students booking with us every year who, whilst visiting London, choose homestay accommodation over other options to experience life within a British home and to improve their English language skills. The students are not lodgers and must be treated as guests as the more ‘at home’ they feel the more successful and enjoyable the experience will be on both sides.
At Home UK has a wide variety of students arriving throughout the year, and we strive to find guest-matches that are most appropriate for you and your accommodation.
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On our visit we will firstly need to see all of the rooms that the students will be using; bedrooms, bathroom/toilets, kitchen/dining room and any other communal areas. It is also a good opportunity for At Home UK to get to know you and answer any questions that you may have.
At Home UK also requires a copy of a valid Landlord’s Gas Safety Certificate (renewed every year) and an Enhanced DBS Certificate for anyone who will have responsibility for the care of under 18s (renewed every three years). We will also require two references and to see ID (passport or driving licence) and a recent utility bill. Without these documents, At Home UK will not be able to place guests with you. During our visit we will carry out a Fire Risk Assessment on your property.
As a host we expect you to be welcoming and interested in providing a good experience for the students that we place with you, with care and sensitivity to their needs and welfare during their stay in London. We would like our hosts to treat the students as part of the family and to include them in conversation as much as possible.
At Home UK requires all Hosts to commit to their Duty of Care within the Safeguarding and Welfare policy and company Terms & Conditions.
You will generally be required to provide meals for the students depending on what meal plan they have booked. These options can include breakfast, packed lunch and dinner. Meals must be varied, substantial and nutritionally balanced. Meal times are a good opportunity to sit with the students and talk about their day.