Accommodation for International students

Accommodation for International students

International students aged 16-18 are placed in the home of one of our carefully selected host families for the duration of their studies, we call this homestay.  

What is homestay?

Homestay accommodation place students with a locally vetted and approved family which provides an excellent opportunity for students to practice their written and spoken English, as well as the ability to experience British culture in a safe and comfortable environment. This allows students to easily adapt to life in the UK and start living independently.

What does homestay include?

Students will have their own private bedroom with storage, study space and WIFI plus a key to the house. Breakfast and evening meals will also be provided each day. Students will need to abide by college attendance and curfew rules.

Homestay families

Our homestay families have been carefully selected, vetted and monitored by our international team and all family members over 18 have successfully completed a Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check. Many of our hosts are very experienced and have enjoyed sharing their homes with students from all over the world.

The host family could be a couple or an individual. Some have children and some have pets. Each host has a profile which will include details of their profession, family, interests as well as the location.

Many of our hosts are very experienced and have enjoyed sharing their homes with students from all over the world, often keeping in touch with each other for many years. Host families provide a vital link between you, the college and your family at home and will assist you in gaining your independence and social skills needed for life at college and university in the UK.

After settling in, you and your host family will go through a Homestay Agreement Form, stating the roles and responsibilities of the family, yourself and the College which will be signed by all parties. These are important for everyone as you settle into to your new environment.

Wellbeing and health

You will be able to register with a doctor, if you become ill in College we have a Student Health Advisor on campus, there are also first aiders in the international team.  We can also provide access to wellbeing specialists and student counsellors.

British home life

Homestay accommodation provides students with an excellent opportunity to improve their English and immerse themselves with British life. Eating dinner with the family and being involved with family activities can help students settle into life in Swansea and the UK as well as practicing conversational English.

Safety of the students

Homestay provides students with a caring and safe environment. The families have been carefully selected, vetted and monitored by our team as are their homes and all family members over 18 have to pass a Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check.

Laundry

The homestay family will wash the student's clothing and provide clean bedding and towels for their use every week. 

Travelling to College

Students will travel safely to school and return to their homestay on College buses. This is another opportunity to mix with British students and become immersed into British culture.

Friends

Students will be allowed to invite friends to their home providing they have asked their homestay family's permission. Overnight visits will only be allowed with family or agent’s signed approval.

Healthcare

International students pay a healthcare surcharge (IHS) as part of their visa application, this allows them access to our National Health Service (NHS). Homestay families will help students register with a doctor on arrival. Should students become ill in College, we have a nurse on site and members of the International department, who are first aid trained, will look after them. 

Further support and guidance

The international team are always available to help you with any issue that it is bothering you, whether it is about homestay, studies, illness or general day to day matters. Your safety, academic success and happiness is our priority.

Other support

The international team are always available to help you with any issue that it is bothering you, whether it is about homestay, studies, illness or general day to day matters. Your safety, academic success and happiness is our priority.

Homestay Guide for Hosts
Homestay Guide for Students

Updated January 2021