Why host international students?

If you have a spare room in your property that is fully equipped, clean and in a good state of repair, then hosting students can be an extra source of income for you, as well as a very rewarding and interesting experience.

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.

Click here to register your interest in becoming a host with us.

Application Process

When you enquire to become a Host, we will send you our Application Pack which has more information about hosting and also some documents that we need you to sign for our office use.
These include:
Application Form
The At Home UK (London) Ltd Terms and Conditions
The Children Act 1989 Declaration Form
Homestay Code of Practice

Become a Host Family

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.

What we expect from our hosts

The Home

Your home must be in a good state of repair, clean and tidy, and must be a safe environment for anyone who stays with you.

The room offered must be a spare room and have adequate furniture including:
One bed per guest
An empty wardrobe/chest of drawers with space for their belongings
Hanging facilities or space to hang clothes
A bed side table with a lamp
Preferably a desk to study (unless they can study comfortably and uninterrupted elsewhere in the home)
Your personal belongings must be out of the room so that the guests have space and so that there is no risk of loss or damage
There must also always be sufficient heating and lighting in the bedroom.
Provision of towels and a laundry service/linen change once a week

Become a Host Family In South London

You as a Host

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.

Hosting rules and capacity

Please respect the maximum of 4 students per home
Never mix under 18 year old female and male students in one household
Do not accept other students of the same nationality/mother tongue at the same time
You must not mix under 16 and over 18 guests in your home
Please never engage in direct bookings with the students – if they wish to extend then please inform a member of At Home UK Staff

Become a host family

Please click here to order one of our detailed guides on hosting international students successfully

Interested in becoming a host family in South East London? Fill out the enquiry form below and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

    Number of beds offered and type of room:

    Do you currently hold a valid Enhanced DBS certificate?

    Does your property have a valid Gas Safety Certificate? (renewed every year)