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Become a Homestay Host

A host family is at the heart of the Homestay experience – It’s more than just renting out a spare room. Hosts open their homes to students from around the world and welcome them into their family. The most important part of being a host is the ability to provide a supportive, welcoming and caring environment.

When students and teachers stay in the UK, they wish to experience our traditions, values and culture while improving their English speaking skills. Our Homestay guests are mainly teaching students or academics working within the Education sector who have come to Chichester to take part in a short course. You can help and support a student develop their confidence and language abilities while they study with us.

Interested in becoming a host? Can you provide:

  • a spare bedroom with storage,
  • desk space or access to a quiet area,
  • meals at home throughout the week and;
  • be able to share common living spaces such as your kitchen and living room.

We are always looking for welcoming people living in Bognor Regis including Aldwick, Pagham, Felpham and Middleton areas to provide accommodation for students and teachers at different points over the year. You don’t have to be a typical family with children, you could be a widow, a single person, a young couple or an older couple whose children have left home.

Hosts earn £140 per week to cover the cost of accommodating a student whose stay can range from one to eight weeks throughout the year – the busiest time of year being over June, July and August.

Apply to become a Host

If you’d like to apply, please email homestay@chi.ac.uk or call 01243 812120 to request an application pack