Become a Homestay Host for Edinburgh College

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Contact us for an initial discussion

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Call - 0131 297 8296

Do you have a spare bedroom in your home that is private and comfortable?

Do you enjoy meeting new people and providing a warm welcome into your home?

If the answer is yes, we would be delighted to discuss how you might join our Homestay Host network.  All our hosts receive excellent rates, as well as close support through every step of the journey from our Accommodation Officer, Christine Park.

Accommodation is a vital part of a student's overall experience studying in Edinburgh. Many of our students are non-native English speakers, so the homestay experience helps them learn about Scottish culture and lifestyle, and develop their English language skills. For many of our students, this is their first time living away from home. 

Become a homestay host in 5 easy steps

There are 5 easy steps to becoming a Homestay Host and we hope these help you consider if becoming a host is right for you.

Step 1

Contact us to discuss the kind of accommodation you are able to provide. We will ask you about the following:

  • Location (how long does it take from your home to one of our campuses by public transportation)
  • Types of rooms available (single room/shared room)
  • Catering (half board/self-catering)
  • Students accepted (long-term, short-term, summer; over/under 18, male/female). Please note, our students are always ages 16+.

Step 2
We will arrange a date to visit your home. Prior to the visit, we will send you some more information about being a host, including our Host Guidelines.

Step 3
Christine Park, our Accommodation Officer, will visit your home to make sure it is suitable. She will ask some standard questions and answer any queries you may have.

Step 4
Following a successful home visit, we will ask that you fill out and return signed copies of the relevant forms and risk assessments. 
If you are happy to take students aged 16 and 17 (this will increase the likelihood of us being able to place a student with you), we will ask you to fill out our References Form and complete a PVG Scheme check. Our staff will advise you on this. 

Step 5
Once all agreements and checks are confirmed as satisfactory, we will inform you of your registration as an Edinburgh College Homestay Host. 

Contact us for an initial discussion

Call - 0131 297 8296

We are very happy to talk about the different options available and help determine what would work best for you.

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