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learntospeaknative.comWant to become a host family?

We are constantly looking for friendly, welcoming households to add to our portfolio so if you would like to unlock the earning potential of the spare rooms in your house, why not become a host family and earn rental income by providing a homestay to foreign language students. Here are some of the benefits:

  1. Extra income – It’s up to you what you do with it; it may help clear a short term debt or provide a short term increase in your disposable income so you can save up for something but if you find you like the experience and want to continue doing it, with even just one student in your home you can easily earn enough year on year to be able to pay off your mortgage earlier or even retire sooner!
  2. Flexibility – Unlike lodgers where you are usually committed for at least a minimum contractual period, or even if you aren’t, you may feel bad giving them their marching orders after only a few months. With foreign language students, each one will stay anything from a couple of weeks to several months but if it really doesn’t work out, then you know it is going to end soon anyway! In our own experience of hosting English language students, we tend to find the opposite – we are usually sad to see them go as we have usually built a great relationship and usually keep in touch. Imagine all those foreign holiday destinations where you now have somewhere to stay!
  3. Minimal footprint – In our experience, students place a much lighter footprint on your home than lodgers. As they will eat an evening meal with you, you only cook a little extra and need not have the hassle of two households trying to prepare meals at the same time. Students often go away at the weekends leaving you free to enjoy the house to yourself
  4. Open your eyes to different, diverse cultures – If you have children, it is a great way for them to learn the flags and cultures of different nations or getting the opportunity to taste foreign cuisine, there is something in it for everyone and in our own experience, our lives have been enriched by these students.

If you would like to become a host, please complete the application form: Link to Host family application form

Once you have completed this questionnaire, we will come and visit your home to do an inspection and to take some photos. Most importantly, we will also interview you to fully understand your preferences and what kind of household you live in. We will then find a suitable student match. You will need an up to date landlord’s certificate for your boiler and gas appliances (these need to be renewed every 12 months) and you will need to have a smoke alarm installed on each storey of the house and a carbon monoxide sensor installed near the boiler if you have a gas boiler. You will also need to have a fire safety and fire evacuation procedure for your household. We can help you with all of these things so no need to feel too daunted by them! 

We cannot guarantee you a student all year round but we will contact you as soon as we have a suitable one and give you as much notice as possible. The summer months of July and August tend to be the busiest period, although there are students studying in Oxford all year round.

Host Family Obligations to Students

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There will of course be some obligations you can expect from the students in return. Click here for more details:

Student Obligations to their Host Family

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We recommend you print these off, adapt them to your household and then place them in the students’ rooms, ideally on a notice board or on the door.