About Us 2019-09-27T14:13:10+00:00

About Us

Hosts International was established in 1988 with its main function being then, as it still is today, to provide quality homestays to visiting foreign students. Our singular aim is to ensure that every student is placed in a welcoming family environment, which we strongly believe leads to an accelerated acquisition of English and a generally happier stay.

We achieve this by demanding the highest standard of accommodation and selecting only the best families, through a rigorous vetting procedure. This is acknowledged by the British Council and English UK, both of whom fully recommend our service to their accredited language schools and colleges.

We are committed to the highest standards of student care and support with our accommodation team taking great care to match students with compatible hosts. This is achieved by consulting on specific needs such as desired location, length of stay, dietary considerations and religious beliefs.

To enable us to keep pace with an increasingly discerning client base, we are always keen to hear from new prospective host families. If you are considering joining our register of families, please take a moment to fill in our Become a Host Family’ form.

Whether you are a prospective visiting student, a language school looking for assistance or a potential host family, we very much look forward to hearing from you. Please contact us on info@hosts-international.com

Hosts International operates in 20 cities across the UK & Ireland, working in partnerships with many leading institutions. We offer our students a wide range of services and cater for homestay (host family) accommodation for all ages, both for juniors and adults. They travel as individuals or groups and 90% of our clientele are international students seeking the British family experience. We also cater to interns and professionals with our house share accommodation. In addition we offer students transfers and travel cards if they choose to book.

Our offices and some of the team

Our operation is run from our head office in the heart of the capital, in central London. Our offices are just off the famous Regent Street in the prestigious Mayfair area. We have a team of full time and part time persons who work at the office in London and externally at our London house shares and across the UK.

Our skilled teams include bookings, group bookings, transfer and logistics, accounts and finance, quality control and administration are all trained and experienced to cater to your every requirement. They are can be reached directly via their extensions so please feel free to reach out!

They have direct numbers when you call so please ask and get familiar with your contact. Between our senior management team, we have 100 years of experience in student accommodation!

Director Peter Brown 2018-09-12T15:04:00+00:00

Peter is a British businessman who has spent the last forty years developing his own business management skills. In the past twenty years, he has focussed on working with people from across the world who are involved in the Education and Hospitality industry and sharing his love for business, sales, marketing and students.

Peter has worked in Europe, the Far East, the Middle East, Russia, North America and Africa. He has also worked with small businesses in Vietnam on behalf of the British Government.

For close to forty years he has applied his skills working with leading persons in industry achieving objectives far beyond one can imagine. His love for business and his desire to share his experiences are the basis of the group’s range of products. His main role as Director of Hosts International is to support and encourage our network of partners to grow and find innovative ways to approach accommodation and the international student’s needs.

He is an unusual entrepreneur, enjoying statistics but often looking beyond profit margin for satisfaction on what he does and how he runs his business. He likes partnerships that stem from mutual respect and ideally wishes to treat partners as friends. He has applied his sales and statistical analysis skills in helping the business achieve its objectives, often simplifying complex policies and processes to be hands on and approachable to all levels.

For someone who started out as a humble Northerner, he has come more than a long way – chalking up more milestones than he himself can remember. He continues to enjoy the work he does and enjoys the company of the people he works with. He takes a special interest in the next generation, making time for them despite his hectic work schedule. He sees in them as the future, gives importance to their training and mentors them to become leading managers within the industry.

Peter’s interests include classic cars and motorcycles, stamp collecting, flying light aircraft and all things Northern and beautiful! Peter intends to work and never retire! To speak to him, contact peterbrown@hosts-international.com

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Operations Director Harsha Shivdasani 2018-09-12T09:57:30+00:00
What is a house share? 2020-01-08T12:47:12+00:00

House share is independent accommodation, where you ‘rent’ a bedroom from us and share the house and facilities with other international students or interns. Each house can accommodate between 5-7 people and offers a shared lounge or dining room with a television, 1-2 bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and most houses have a garden with a patio. We offer single rooms or shared rooms with or without an ensuite bathroom.

Where are the houses located? 2020-01-08T12:50:30+00:00

We offer a selection of quality house share accommodation in London, located in Canada Water, Surrey Quays, Bermondsey and Rotherhithe. Each house is situated in zone 2 of the public transport network, and is within easy reach of central London, with the average journey time of 30 minutes.

Can I see more house share options before confirming my booking? 2020-01-08T12:51:46+00:00

You can browse our houseshare accommodation on our booking page. Once you choose the one you prefer, you can contact us and we will check the availability for you accordingly.

Is there an age limit for house shares? 2020-01-08T12:52:06+00:00

Our house shares are available to any students/interns over the age of 18 only.

How long can I book stay for? 2020-01-08T12:52:41+00:00

We note that the minimum stay in our house shares is 2 weeks and a maximum of 52 weeks. You can renew with us in advance on a periodic/instalment basis if you wish. No block booking needed!

How can I get from the train station/airport to the property? 2020-01-08T12:53:03+00:00

There may be many different transportation options but you can pre-book a taxi service with us to the property for your arrival or departure. For more information contact info@hosts-international.com

What time can I move in from? 2020-01-08T12:53:43+00:00

You can move in any time from 8 am to 9 pm but you must call 07825 560304 and inform us of your arrival time at the house as we shall arrange for you to be met by our representative with a key. If you arrive too early, you may have to wait in the lounge area until your room is cleaned and ready for you. If you are going to be arriving much later in the day, say after 9 pm, just let us know and we will inform you of the arrangements from where you have to collect your keys and we will help you arrange local transport if you require this at a small cost.

Can I have visitors or friends/family members staying overnight? 2020-01-08T12:54:06+00:00

Yes, if you wish to have family/friends stay with you, you should inform us in advance, so that we can check the availability and advise you regarding payment for overtime visitors accordingly.

What do I do in an emergency? 2020-01-08T12:54:44+00:00

Our offices are open from Monday to Friday from 8.30 am until 6.00 pm. After these hours and in case of any emergency, you may call our houseshare emergency number – +44 (0) 7747459421

Can I extend my stay at a house share if I have left the school? 2020-01-08T12:55:07+00:00

Yes, please contact our offices on 020 7734 4884. You may have to change rooms or houses depending on pre-allocated availability. Please give us as much notice as possible. It is not possible to extend your stay at weekends. You can also email info@hosts-international.com

Can I smoke in my room? 2020-01-08T12:55:34+00:00

All our properties are non-smoking throughout. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas usually in the garden. There are usually designated outside areas for you to smoke with smoking pots provided

What is a homestay? 2020-01-08T13:02:27+00:00

Homestays are a popular choice for international students coming to study or work in UK and Ireland. They offer the benefit of a homestay atmosphere, the chance to practice your English, and a chance to hat experience a different way of life. You won’t just be renting the room; you will be treated like a member of the household. You will have full access to the home, and there will be a laundry service available. Our homestay hosts vary from a single host mother, a retired couple, a family with pets and children, to a professional couple who offer independent accommodation with self-catering facilities. We also live in a melting pot of cultures, backgrounds and religious faiths and our homestays depict the diverse society we live in.

Is there a minimum / maximum length of stay? 2020-01-08T13:02:47+00:00

The minimum stay is 3 nights, but in case that you wish to stay less, please do not hesitate to contact us as we always promise to do our best to help. There is no maximum length you are welcome to book stay as long as you wish. We also offer you the option of booking on a month on month basis.

What fees do I need to pay and when do I need to pay? If I am staying long-term, do I need to pay in advance or can I pay in instalments? 2020-01-08T13:07:53+00:00

Once you send us your booking request, we will send you appropriate quote and a homestay profile which should meet your requests. We ask for the payment to be made as acceptance of this office and confirmation of your place. Once we receive your payment, we will be able to send you the Booking Confirmation with the address and contact details of your homestay. Due to the security reason we do not share any contacts or whole address prior to receiving the payment from students. For long term students we confirm that you can pay the first part of your stay (ideally two weeks or month fee) and then pay in agreed instalments.

Do I have to be a student to book a homestay? 2020-01-08T13:08:12+00:00

No, you do not. We can also accommodate interns who are attending an internship in the UK and Ireland as well as professionals, just specify this at time of booking.

Will I share my room with other people? 2020-01-08T13:08:53+00:00

Unless you request to book a room with your friend/relative you will have your own room. We do not allow our students to share rooms with strangers. You may book a twin room if you wish to share with a friend or family member of similar age/gender. In the houseshare you can book a shared room if you prefer this option.

What is the minimum/maximum age? 2020-01-08T13:09:18+00:00

The minimum age of students coming without any adult accompanying is 13 years old. Younger students can still be accommodated as long as there is an adult coming with them and have appropriate consents in place. There is no such thing as maximum age – all ages are welcome 😊

How do I get from the airport to my homestay? 2020-01-08T13:09:37+00:00

We are more than happy to assist you with booking an airport transfer if requested. We use modern, comfortable, clean and fully insured vehicles with competent drivers who are sensitive to the welfare needs of overseas students.

If you decide to travel to your homestay by public transfer, we will be happy to help with navigations if necessary.

I have allergies that may affect me during my stay, what do I need to do? 2020-01-08T13:09:59+00:00

Please inform us about any allergies or special requests at the time of making the booking so we can ensure that we find the most suitable homestay for you.

What should I bring? Do I need to bring something for my hosts? 2020-01-08T13:10:21+00:00

Please bring your personal belogings including clothes, toiletries and anything you need for your stay. The homestay guarantees to provide you with a private bedroom with an adequately sized bed, storage space for your clothes and other belongings, a table or desk for studying (either in your bedroom or in the main part of the house/apartment), laundry access once a week, a weekly change of towels and bed linens, daily access to a bathroom and use of the hosts home.

It is not a requirement for the students to bring a gift to their hosts, so this depends on you if you decide to bring a small gift from your country for your host or not.

What are the various meal plans you offer? 2020-01-08T13:10:46+00:00

Our hosts can offer you accommodation on Self-Catering (no meals offered, but full access to the kitchen provided), Bed and Breakfast (continental style breakfast only, you may use kitchen for light meals preparations with use of kettle or microwave), Half Board (continental style breakfast and evening meal) and Full Board (continental style breakfast, packed lunch and evening meal) basis. Evening meals are usually eaten with the host unless otherwise arranged.

If you choose one meal option initially, but decide to switch to another option, please contact us and we can arrange this for you.

I have specific dietary requirements. Can you still help? 2020-01-08T13:11:08+00:00

We confirm that special diets such as vegetarian, halal and other requirements can be catered for. There is a small daily supplement for vegan, gluten free, lactose free and halal diets to reflect the extra food that the host will have to provide. Please tell us if you have a special requirement when you request your accommodation so we can ensure that your homestay is informed accordingly.

Can I book a homestay in London zone 1? Can homestay offer me a room with a private bathroom? 2020-01-08T13:16:45+00:00

We note that in general zone 1 is a commercial area mainly with offices, hotels, shops, etc. We do have a couple of homestays in zone 1. Alternatively, we can offer you also our homestays in zone 2 with direct access to London city centre. We confirm that many of our host families can offer you with private bathroom. Please mention your request at the time of booking, so we can ensure that we find a suitable homestay with a private bathroom.

Can I smoke in the accommodation? 2020-01-08T13:12:04+00:00

Some of our homestay accept students who smoke, it is however not allowed to smoke inside of any homestay. Each host will advise you of the most suitable place to smoke – usually in the garden/terrace etc.

Will I have a key to the homestay? If I lose my key what should I do? 2020-01-08T13:12:30+00:00

All students who are 18 years old and above will be provided with a key to the homestay. In case you lose your key, please inform your host accordingly and discuss the next step with them.

What do I do in an emergency? 2020-01-08T13:14:03+00:00

Our offices are open from Monday to Friday from 8.30 am until 6.00 pm. After these hours and in case of any emergency, you may call our emergency number:\

  • Homestay and Airport transfer emergencies – +44 (0) 7799 693566
  • House share emergencies – +44 (0) 7747 459421
What must I provide to become a homestay? 2020-01-08T13:16:37+00:00

You will need to provide a spare bedroom for students with adequate storage, study facilities, and internet connection. You also must be willing to welcome international students at your home and provide them with meals as required, as well as a friendly and welcoming, interactive environment. There is also legal compliance, like suitability checks, that we may require before allocating any students with you. Our support team will assist you with this process.

How long should I expect to host a student for? 2020-01-08T13:19:32+00:00

This will depend on the student’s stay. Many students come only for short stays – usually from 3 days up to 4 weeks. The longer-term students stay with homestays over 4 weeks, sometimes the whole school semester or the entire year. It is will be your decision whether you will prefer a short stay or long-term students or a mixture of both.

How do I get a booking? 2020-01-08T13:19:56+00:00

Once you register with us and go through the registration process, we will activate your profile in our system and will be contacting you with potential bookings for your area. We will always provide you with all the information about the booking and it will be then up to your availability and preference if you accept it.. We aim to provide our homestays with bookings throughout the whole year.

What rate are homestays paid for hosting international students? 2020-01-08T13:20:43+00:00

Our booking rates are varying per booking and are based on whether the booking is an individual adult, junior group, facility, location, meal plan, room and sharing preferences. All our rates are pro-rata so you are paid for all the nights the student stays with you. You will be also provided with the exact price for each booking at the time of us confirming each booking. Hosts International pays all hosts regularly so you will have a security of regular payments for your students.

How am I paid? / Who pays me? 2020-01-08T13:21:09+00:00

We pay our hosts regularly on a weekly basis by bank transfer or cheque. This means that you don’t have to worry about students paying or any financial arrangements with the students.

What do I do in an emergency? 2020-01-08T13:21:39+00:00

Our offices are open from Monday to Friday from 8.30 am until 6.00 pm. After these hours and in case of any emergency, you can call our emergency number +44 (0) 7799 693566.

I have a dog / cat, is this ok? 2020-01-08T13:22:09+00:00

Yes, having a pet is fine and many of our current hosts have pets. We will make a note on your profile that you have a pet to ensure that all the students interested in your accommodation are aware before they arrive to your home.

Is having a student the same as having a lodger? 2020-01-08T13:23:04+00:00

Lodgers are usually more independent. We ask our hometays to make sure that they communicate with their students on regular basis as this is the main reason why students chose homestay accommpodation. This enables them to experience living in local family and, in many cases, also to improve their English.

Will I get students regularly? 2020-01-08T13:23:24+00:00

We work with many schools,colleges and universities and therefore can give you students year round especially in the summer busy period, to suit your avaibility. This gives you the flexibility to host year round or as you wish.

Vision and Value

Our Vision

Our core team values are: reliability, responsiveness, availability and approachability. We are a solutions-based organisation, with a friendly team who will go the extra mile to deliver for the needs of our customers.

Our Business

We place students with Homestays as our core business using a informed, balanced approach, treating each host and student as individuals. We use our large reach, our deep experience and extensive resources to solve problems. We do not rely on our expertise only, but communicate regularly with our customers, hosts and partners to improve our service and grow our offering. Our successful business growth is due to the ability to expand and adapt to.

Our Challenge

Our customers’ biggest challenge is expectation: not understanding the multi-cultural makeup of our hosts, the size and transport networks of the cities and the layout of a typical British or Irish home. We strive to manage expectations by giving our customers accurate information and by educating our partners.

Our Mission

We want to be the best accommodation provider in the UK, offering a wide choice of options in a safe environment for our customers. We take care of the accommodation needs of our partners so they can concentrate on their businesses.

Recommendation from a client

Thank you so much to all the team at Host International for the great service you provide to our students. You guys rock!
From everyone her at x School of English.

Client: M S London ELT school