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Homestay – why stay?

Staying in a Homestay is an ideal introduction to living in London, and also provides English language students with the opportunity to speak English outside the classroom and the experience of being part of a British home.

Britannia’s homestays

At Britannia we aim to provide students with a safe, happy, comfortable home away from home. Hosts are selected for their friendliness and their homes must meet British Council and English UK standards. All Britannia’s hosts receive a personal visit from one of our accommodation assessors who are trained to inspect according to these standards

What to expect

The host will provide accommodation and meals as booked. Rooms will be cleaned and bed linen and towels changed at least once a week. The student will be provided with his/her own house key and the host is there to offer help and advice as well as to take an interest in the student’s well-being. We aim to match a student’s requirements as closely as possible with a suitable host. Language students will not be placed in the same homestay as others of the same mother-tongue, except by special request. English is always the main language spoken in the home.Homestays can accommodate a maximum of 4 students at any one time, depending on the size of the home. Houses or apartments which accommodate more than 4 students are known as ‘Private Homes’. We can also accommodate junior students (aged under 18) in specially selected homestays, with hosts who have undergone all the required safety checks. Special conditions apply to this age group. Further information can be requested.

Accommodation zones

Homestays are located in London, mainly in zones 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the London transport system. Hosts do not usually live in the town center as much of central London is commercial and not residential. Zone 4 and 5 often offer more spacious accommodation in a less crowded area. The London transport system is very convenient and if you use the Underground, travel from zones 4 and 5 may only take a few minutes longer.Further information on London’s transport system can be found here: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/

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