Becoming a host family couldn’t be easier!

Fill in our host family application form online by clicking here!

Step 1: Fill in our online application form and you will receive our automated response, please read all the documents attached to the email and watch our safeguarding video online.

Step 2: Upload, email or prepare a copy for us for when we visit: ID requirement (passport or Driving licence), a Gas Safety certificate for the homestay, a utility bill for your ID verification and also a Fully enhanced DBS Certificate, we can help you with this if you haven’t already got the correct cerificate. During our visit we will take photos of the family, homestay bedroom, kitchen and the famly home, and your ID verification, this enables us to make a host/homestay profile for our students or agents to have before their arrival.

Step 3: We will arrange a Host Family visit with one of our Team, whom upon the visit will go through our checklist, take pictures as mentioned and take copies of all ID required (these are kept confidential to us), we will do a small risk assessment & health & safety check of the home upon our visit.

A member of the team will contact you shortly after receiving your application online by email or phone to arrange a convenient time to visit your family home.

Step 4: Once all of our initial checks are verified, you will become a fully registered host family for EHUK.

IMPORTANT:  It is in imperetive that you read and fully understand our host family guidelines & our host family agreement.

These will guide you on what is expected from a host family and what our students expect too during their stay.

The next step of the process once verified, we will start offering you placements when they become suitable to your family.

We do also ask you to take 10 minutes to watch our Child Protection Training Video as a standard of one of our procedures of becoming a host and upon our visit you will sign to ensure that you have understand your “Duty of Care”.

** If you are interested in our Private Fostering option, we will arrange a further visit for a discussion of the process, we do have an online application online in the Private Fostering tab option if you wish to apply for this option. These are for stays 27 nights and over.

IMPORTANT: Please note becoming a host family also requires you to add students or guest on to your home and car insurance for our “the duty of care” and for it to cover you in your own home during a stay. Most insurance companies, if any only charge around an extra £6 per year to add this on (please bear in mind this will cover you for any damages, fire, health & safety within your home whilst having guests, otherwise your insurance can be void.


EHUK do several types of stays for Overseas students - juniors, Adults.

We are always looking for good host whom can provide a room as a homestay away from home for a student, this can be one of the most rewarding things a host can offer. Our experience has taught us that the key to a successful hosting experience is an understanding and mutual respect between host and student.

We are expected to provide the best possible homestay expereience for our students during their stay, which we know, can only be achieved with the support of our host families. The students are choosing to live in a homestay as an option as this will give them a warm welcome, home comforts and the opportunity to practive their English with British families, also not to forget giving their parents piece of mind that their children are being looked after and cared for during their stay.

Child Protection Training Video - Please watch

So why the big deal? Why do you need to know this?

Well working directly with children means it's your duty to care and you have a big role to play in helping to protect children. Let's face it, no one wants to hear about this or let alone have to deal with it, but the reality is you might have to!

To be aware of the issues and warning signs, please watch an engaging, digital training video which will provide all the information needed to ensure you can do the very best to help protect and care for the children you work with.

This short, to-the-point film is perfect for making everybody aware of their statutory and moral obligation to help protect the children they work with and gives all the information you need from what types of abuse there are, what signs to look out for.

This video has been approved by the LSCB (Local Safeguarding Children's Board).



Host Family 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


What is the benefits of hosting:
  • The chance to meet students from all over the world and make new friends
  • Experience different cultures
  • Earn extra income (tax free guidelines inline with HMRC)
  • Prompt payment before departure
  • Keeping in touch with many new friends
  • Sharing your culture and experiences with others
  • Supporting UK & Overseas students during their stay in the UK
Important- Host family Documents and Policies
Refer a friend and earn a referral fee

EHUK offers a £15 referral fee to anyone who recommends a new family to us.
The fee will be paid upon on completion of the new host first stay.

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