FAQ’s for Homestay Guests
A homestay with a host family is what EHUK specialize in, we arrange for you to live in a homestay during your studies.
This option is becoming more popular and of course also a more affordable option accommodation for all ages.
EHUK will match you with the most suitable host for your needs.
All of our rules and guidelines can be found online.
EHUK is a homestay accommodation provider with a large portfoilio of local host families, whom like to host overseas and UK students. We act as an agent with all of our bookings and all accommodation bookings are booked through us.
Firstly fill in our online booking form, pay your booking fee and we will find you the most suitable family/host/room to your request. Do we charge a booking fee? YES
Our booking fee for arranging the accommodation is : £80 per booking
We will take the initial fee firstly this will ensure we secure you a host family during yours stay, we then ask for the first 8 weeks accommodation monies before arrival.
If your stay goes beyond 8 weeks we can then discuss the best way forward with you (over 18 only).
Our 16 - 18 Booking accommodation works by
1. If you are a UK parent we will initially meet you in person where possible, chat about your need and what you are expecting from the stay for your child. During your stay we will act as a loco parent with your authority.
A one off booking fee is payable on booking a host and securing a placement for £80
EHUK will enter into a private fostering arrangement if you have a junior under 16. This can be up to a 8 week process prior to you receiving a junior on this option - please refer to our private fostering page.
18+ a passport, letter of study & Visa where appropriate
18- A parental booking form with consent & a meeting
All homestays offer:
a comfortable room
Inventory of Room
Lodger Agreement for longer stays
Either EHUK will collect you or the host family themselves, all pick up times are after 5pm on arrival up to 10pm.
On booking you will be with EHUK for 8 weeks or under which is payable before arrival and non refundable. If an emergency does happen within this period we will of course put you in another homestay.
Homestay gives you a more welcomed stay during your time here, the advantages are you will also :
Practice your English
Get to know the British culture
Meals with the family
Easy travel distance
Warm and comfortable room/home
Home to Home feeling
Parents for juniors will be more relaxed their junior is being looked after
FAQ’s for Parents
As a parent we all want our children to be supervised and in a safe environment whilst away from home. EHUK specialise in this option for you.
What We Offer:
A host family whom is supportive
DBS & Verified ID checks on all host families
Check in's with your child during their stay
An option for a 4 night stay Mon - Thursday if they study in Exeter
A first initial meet with us and the host family to ensure you are happy with whom we choose
Why choose a homestay?
Your child will be living with one of our very expereienced host, so as a parent you will know that your child is being looked after.
This option is becoming more and more popular with Overseas students studying in Exeter and around Devon, and of course a more affordable option. We will endeavour to match your child with the most suitable host family for their needs.
FAQ’s for Host Families
As a host you need to provide the student with their own furnished bedroom, usually the meals provided will be a choice of either Half Board (breakfast and evening meal). Full board on our mini stays and self catering basis on some of our 18+ (this option they will need to use your kitchen).
Your role as a host family will depend on the type of student you are allocated, but in general we ask you to look after our students as you would your own children, talk to them, eat with them, and ask if they are ok, happy and have spoken to their parents etc..
We mainly deal within the EU, France, Spain, Italy, Cz Republic, Saudi Arabia, all of our student ages range from 13-17, & 18+ whom are going to a local language school, but we also have Adult leaders, drivers on our mini stay whom are travelling for a educationsal visit.
We are always looking for host families for all of our services offered throughout the year:
Mini stays (Feb – Mid June)
Summer school (End of June-End of July)
Italian Summer school (July)
Individual Study or Trainee students (All year)
Off season groups (Sept/Oct)
Private Fostering (academic year)
Under the HMRC Rent a room Scheme, you can earn £7500 which is used as a tax free element towards your tax return, The hose is responsible to declare the whole amount earnt and use the allowance against the tax return, for further guidance please read the guidelines at https://www.gov.uk/rent-room-in-your-home
Almost all students will have some level of English, but their proficiency will vary. Remember, their goal to visit is to improve their english throughout their homestay, to learn our british culture and to have conversational english with you and your family.
Students are expected to respect the family they are staying with in their home and also abide by your house rules. It is a good idea to communicate any of your home rules on day of arrival so that their is no communication issues going forward.
Guidance for some of the house rules are:
Advise them they need to be quiet after 9.30pm for your household to settle for the evening
To shower in the evenings to avoid being late in the morning
To eat with you at meal times, but of course we do eat in the UK earlier than most, so just sit and have a coffee whilst they eat.
To cook at a reasonable time is self catering before 9pm
To respect that your family will be asleep or in bed after 10pm
Most students are NOT allowed out, unless we advise differently.
Not to call after 9.30pm on Skype or the phone
Not to tease the house pets
Not to shower after 9.30pm
And to enjoy and feel confortable during their stay
Once you have completed our online application form, you will receive an email with a welcome pack, please read through it all, and we will contact you to arrange a visit. Once a visit has been arranged, we will ask for all your ID documentation required and all ensure we see all of your family, on our visit we will ask you what hosting you would like to do, and what student suits your home and lifestyle, then depending on our demand and suitability we will start to place students with you.
Yes, you may host up to four students per home. Our mini stays do like to stay in 2,s 3,s or 4.
Some families like to host more than one student, as it gives the students a companion. It also gives your family the chance to learn more about another culture.
On some of our stays/courses a single placement is required though, but we also do get requests for no other students of the same mother tongue to be in the home at the same time, so if you only have a single rooma available then this could be used for these type of students.
Help is only a phone call away – (group leasders of the groups/individual or EHUK staff available 24 hours 7 days a week.
As you will have agreed to our host contract, we ask you to not discuss any monies agreed with your students at any time. This information is confidential and can make your student feel uncomfortable. We also need to advise that private hosting from a student we have introduced is not allowed, you must contact us immediately if their friends etc. ask for them to stay in your home.
Please look on our back page for food suggestions and food intolerances that you may come across whilst hosting, hopefully the information provided should give you guidance for what you need to know.
But we just expect you to cook what you do for your family.
All payments are direct into your bank account on the evening before departure.
Our prices vary on each group from £18.50 - £35 per night, these will be issued to you once you have been successful in becoming a host with us.
Our rates do vary for each group but on average you can earn from £140 a week +
Please treat our students as you would expect a family overseas to treat your children,.. For under 18’s the Duty of Care is much greater and this will be explained to you for each group for the younger students or on your arrival letter. Please also read our DUty of Care in our guidelines or on the policy page.
Host Families do need to have an appropriate Insurance, most household insurances do cover your belongings and damages, but you will need to check if it cover’s a student’s damages and belongings, please don,t leave anything valuable lying around for your safety and please do have locks on your personal bedroom door if you have valuables.
Car Insurance, as you are responsible for transporting our students, please ask your insurers if your normal car Insurance covers this.
House Insurance, please as your Insurers to see if you need any different cover
This never usually cost more than £6 - £10 more a year if anything. But pleaes remember if a fire is caused from an 18+ student for instance, you will not be insured for replacement on your building content if you have not told them you have student guest.
Exeter Homestay UK will give you all the support necessary, we have a dedicated staff for each area, whom are always there to help you.
Our office hours are 10-6.00pm, but we do have a 24 hour contact number which will always be answered for any emergency.
Our Welfare Officer is available 24/7
Students either walk, bus, train or you must drop them to the location required, this is dependent of the group you are having, we will always inform you at the time of an allocation which is required.
Mini Stays - Always dropped and picked up daily
Summer School Spanish - Always dropped and picked up, but we do liaise with families to pair up
Summer School Italians - Bus pass issued after Day 1
Adults 18+ - Make their own transport arrangements
Please explain to your student that we have our family bed times and our house rules, they are welcome to watch something quietly with headphones, talk before 9pm and eat before 9pm or cook, but the family does go to bed in the UK earlier than other countries. This needs to be explained upon arrival to avoid communication issues.
Special dietary and meal Suggestions Booklets:
Special dietary requirements:
Please take a look at the following links to help you prepare special diets, sometimes we do have students whom require their meals cooked in special way and or with specific ingredients. To help you we have prepared some meal suggestions to get you started.
- Vegan - Download PDF Meal Suggestions Booklet
- Halal* - Download PDF Meal Suggestions Booklet
- Lactose - Download PDF Meal Suggestions Booklet
- Vegetarian - Download PDF Meal Suggestions Booklet
- Gluten Free - Download PDF Meal Suggestions Booklet
*What is Halal and how can i include it in our regular diet?Overall, cooking Halal is usually less trouble than it sounds, especially if you live in a city where Halal butchers are. Halal is a process through which meat is butchered and treated, like Kosher. It is the same to prepare Halal dishes distinct from the other. However when a student is idetified as a Halal eater, it is worth having a conversation about it. You must avoid PORK and alcohol.
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