Welcome new faces into your family homes, get to know international students from all over the world, and make some good money along the way, too.
We’re always looking for good hosts to offer warm, comforting homes and the opportunity for students – young and old – to practice their English in a relaxed, family environment.

Benefits of hosting:

Experience new cultures

Tax-free income

Prompt payment before departure

Inspiring and supporting others

Steps to becoming a host family

Step 1 - Start Here.........

Fill in our application form and you’ll get an email with many documents. Please watch our safeguarding video (below), read through the documentation, and complete the Covid-19 questionnaire, agreement, and fire risk assessment.

It's really important that you fully understand all our host family guidelines, host family agreement, Fire Risk Assessment form, and our Covid19 policy before applying. They'll guide you through what our students expect during their stay.

Step 2 - Gather your documents

Secondly, you’ll need to upload or email:

- Your ID (passport or driving license)
- A gas safety or direct heating certificate
- A current utility bill
- A fully enhanced DBS certificate (we’ll help you with this if you don’t have it).

Step 3 - A home visit

We’ll arrange a host family visit or video call with one of our team, who’ll go through the following:

1. Our homestay checklist
2. Take pictures of the family, room, and some areas of your home
3. Verify copies of all ID (these are kept confidential to us only)
4. Check the risk assessment

We’ll also hold regular homestay reviews and visits to check up on all the families and their homes.

Step 4 - Get insurance

To become a host family, you must add students to your home and car insurance to meet our duty of care policy. We partner with an insurance company that offers bespoke guardianship insurance and advise you to go for this – but if your current insurer is willing to add guardianship as an additional option, then this will work too.

Step 5 - You're all set up

Once we’re happy, you’ll become a fully registered Exeter Homestay UK family and we’ll start to offer you placements when they become suitable to your family. Just be aware that during COVID19 we’ll follow the self-isolation guidelines for the countries necessary.

Step 6 - Now fill in our Application Form

    All applicants details are confidential to EHUK.

    * Please Specify whether Attic Room,
      En-suite, Shared or Private Bathroom

    Will you accommodate the following? (please tick)
      Special Diets
      Mini Stays (12-16 yrs)
      Summer School (12-16 yrs)
      Adult Leaders & Drivers (18+)
      Exeter College (16-18 yrs)-UK part time
      Private Fostering (Under 16)
      Disabled (access on ground floor level)
      Short Term Hosting (students & guests aged 18+)

    Additional information required,
    please complete form PF1 you will get with your welcome email.

    We suggest using Lodger Agreement for 18+ guests -
    a template is attached to your welcome email.

    Safeguarding Checks (please upload)

      Home Member 1

      Home Member 1
    H&S Requirements:
    Gas Safety
      I confirm that I have a valid gas safety certificate (please upload)


      I Understand it is my responsibility to advise all relevant insurance providers* of being a host family and the number of students being hosted
    (* e.g. Home Insurance, Content Insurance, Car Insurance etc.)
    Have you been convicted of a criminal offence other than a traffic violation?
      Home Member 1

    If available Please attach Valid DBS Certificate(s), Gas Safety Certificate, pictures of room, kitchen, bathroom, host and copies of completed forms to speed up the process.


    I agree
    I agree


    Fill out our form and get started on our journey to becoming a host family

    Please read our Fire Safety advice and complete the
    Fire Safety Risk Assessment Form that can be found here:


    Host family documents and policies
    Refer a friend

    Know someone who'd make the perfect host? We'll give you £20 for every family you refer.

    We'll get this over to you after the family's completed their second homestay.

    Fill out our form and get started on your journey to becoming a host family.

    Watch our safeguarding video

    Hosting children at your home means you play a huge role in helping protect them. Let’s face it, no one wants to hear about safeguarding, et alone have to deal with it – but the reality is you might have to!

    You must watch this video before becoming a host family. It will make sure you’re aware of the issues and warning signs, ensuring we successfully care for the children who stay with us.

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