Becoming a host family couldn’t be easier!

Fill in our host family application form online

Step 1: Fill in our online application form

Step 2: Upload, email or prepare a copy for us of all ID requirements, Gas Safety certificate, Utility Bill for ID purposes and a current DBS Certificate for under 18 students. During our visit we will take photos of the room, kitchen and home so we can make a host profile up for our students or agents.

Step 3: Host Family visit with our Accommodation officer, whom will check and copy all ID, do a risk assessment & health & safety check of the home.

A member of the team will contact you after receiving your application to arrange a convenient time to visit your family home.

Step 4: Once all checks are verified you 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.

Once your application has been checked & verified, we will start offering placements to you. We do also ask you to take 10 minutes to watch our Child Protection Training Video, & when we visit we will ask you to sign our visit form to say that you have understand your “Duty of Care”.

If you as a host family are interested in the Private Fostering under 18 option, we will arrange a further visit for a discussion to process another application with you, as this process takes a while longer. Please note being a host means you will need to add students on to your home and car insurance for “the duty of care” , most insurances, if any only charge around £6 per year to add this on to your home insurance, (please bear in mind this will cover you for any damages within the home during hosting.


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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