Becoming a Host Family

Become a host family
Welcome new friendly faces into your home
Earn tax free income
As well as welcoming new people to your country, there's a financial incentive too
Inspiring and supporting others
There are few things you can do with your home as rewarding as sharing it

Step 1

Start here

Firstly, fill in our host application form below and you’ll get an email with various documents attached to read through. Then please fill in our fire risk assessment and gas safety (don,t worry if you forget we can do this on our visit)

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 documents

Next, 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

Home visit

We’ll arrange a host family visit or video call with one of our team, who will 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, but if your current insurer is willing to add guardianship as an additional option this will be OK too.

Step 5

Your all set!

Once we’re happy, you’ll become part of our  fully registered host family team and we’ll start to offer you placements when they become suitable for your family.

Please be aware that while restrictions remain in place due to COVID19 we will follow the self-isolation guidelines for the countries necessary.

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.