Why stay with a host in South East London?

London is one of the most exciting, cultural and historical cities in the world and the well-respected British education system has hundreds of thousands of international students coming to study in the UK every year. However, London is an expensive place to live as a student and, therefore, homestay options can be the most cost-effective.

Students living with a host are able to practise learning English naturally, whilst in a safe and homely environment. It is also an opportunity to experience the hosts’ cultures and traditions and, an area as culturally diverse and interesting as South London, makes our centres ideal locations for students to get a taste of British family life.

The homestay locations that At Home UK offer are ideally suited to international students as there are very good transport options to get into London (generally 15-30 minutes within Transport Zones 2-4) and well connected to areas outside London too.

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Stay with a Host Family in South London

At Home UK can offer four meal plans within homestay accommodation:

Board Basis: What’s Included:
FULL BOARD Breakfast (Continental) Packed Lunch, and an evening meal with the host and their family.
HALF BOARD Breakfast (Continental) and an evening meal with the host and their family.
BED & BREAKFAST Breakfast (Continental) only
SELF CATERING Access to kitchen and space in the fridge to store and cook their own food.

Stay with a Host Family in London

Types of Bookings:

At Home UK receives short stay groups throughout the year that we place within our various centres in South East London. Depending on the type of booking, we can place students in groups of 1-4 in regularly inspected homestays, where they will each have comfortable and equipped bedrooms, communal areas where they can join the host and family and also access to bathroom facilities. Most of our group bookings choose the full board meal plan (breakfast, a packed lunch and an evening meal every day).


At Home UK ensures that all our homestay accommodation has been inspected thoroughly by our Accommodation Officers to ensure that it meets the British Council standards. Our homestay homes are monitored regularly to ensure our high standards and quality of service are maintained.

The majority of our homestay accommodation is in residential areas of London, located in Zones 2, 3 and 4 near to tube or train stations.

Stay with a Host Family in South East London

What can guests expect from hosts?

To be warmly welcomed as part of the family
A safe and comfortable environment for their stay
Adequate meal provisions (please refer to our handbook for advice)
An opportunity to communicate and practise their English
A comfortable and adequately furnished bedroom with natural light
Adequate heating and lighting
Facilities for a daily shower
Access to washing and ironing facilities (if staying for 7+ days) and towels
Internet access
An orientation of the local area to show the location, bus stops, tube/train stations, shops and other useful places (if applicable)
A contact number for the host to be able to communicate with the student

What can hosts expect from their guests?

To provide information on any specific dietary requirements - likes/dislikes, allergies & medical information
Respecting the host's home and following any house rules.
Giving them contact information where possible
Providing information on any changes to the program - late nights, early departures etc.
Asking the host's permission before using their address for any purpose
Please remember that the host is not there to serve the student, but to ensure that the student has a pleasant stay and to guide and support the student along the way.
Prices (2016) Per person, per week (Zone3-4)

Meal Plan:

Single Occupancy (Per person, when sharing a room with a friend/colleague)


Bed & Breakfast £150 £135
Half Board £170 £155
Full Board £190 £175
Self Catering £135 £120


Zone 2                £15 per week
Ensuite bathroom or shower room                £25 per week
July/August                £10 per week
Christmas Period                £25 for the week
Special Diets (ex. Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Fructose Free etc) – an additional supplement of £3.50 per day to help the homestay provider with any special food shopping.

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

    Date of arrival

    Date of departure

    Individual or group booking – if group how many? (required)

    Do you already have a visa to come to London (if applicable)? (required)

    If you are an individual student, are you able to provide a written reference / contact details of a referee? (required)

    What is your level of English? (required)

    What board basis are you looking to book? (required)

    Do you have any allergies or special requirements that we should know about? (required)

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    How will you come to London?

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    We look forward to hearing from you soon!