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Studying Abroad: Top Reasons to Stay in a Homestay

29 Mar 2018

Updated: May 2019 Staying with a homestay host can be an enriching and life-changing experience, opening you up to different ways of living and meeting friendly hosts from a variety of backgrounds. If your main aim for coming to the UK is to improve your English as much as possible, then staying with a homestay is the…

Hosting International Students in York

29 Mar 2018

Each summer Roy and Louise offer to share their warm and welcoming home with our language students at BSC York We were delighted to hear from them recently, where they share their own experience of hosting international students in York. Thank you for sharing, Roy and Louise! Roy and I applied to host for BSC…

Meet our Homestay Hosts in London – Mrs Alfaoli

29 Mar 2018

Mrs Alfaoli moved to the UK from Iran to learn English nearly 40 years ago, and has been hosting homestay students from BSC London Hampstead for over a decade. She learnt about hosting from her neighbour, who was also a homestay host at the time. In a special three-part series of Hampstead homestay interviews, Mrs Alfaoli invites us into her home to…

Meet our Homestay Hosts in London – The Quirke Family

29 Mar 2018

Mr and Mrs Quirke have been hosting international students from BSC London Hampstead for over 20 years. In this special interview we find out about the Quirkes, how they became hosts and what they love about hosting students from abroad:  Where are you from?   I have been living in London my whole life! (Mrs Quirke) I am from Ireland and moved with…

Meet our Homestay Hosts in London – The Hans Family

29 Mar 2018

In a series of interviews with our BSC London Hampstead homestay hosts we meet the Hans family, who started hosting international students with the school five years ago. Mr and Mrs Hans moved to the UK from Pakistan nearly 20 years ago, bringing up their three children here. In this interview we learn more about…

Study Abroad: Top Reasons to Stay in a Student House

29 Mar 2018

When deciding between accommodation options, many students choose to stay in a student house rather than an international student residence. But what's the difference?   Student houses are normally owned by the school and include a number of bedrooms within a house or flat, so effectively offer the equivalent of a standard house share except that as it is owned by the school, you get to live with your classmates instead of…

Studying Abroad: Top Reasons to Stay in a Homestay

29 Mar 2018

Updated: May 2019 Staying with a homestay host can be an enriching and life-changing experience, opening you up to different ways of living and meeting friendly hosts from a variety of backgrounds. If your main aim for coming to the UK is to improve your English as much as possible, then staying with a homestay is the…

Study Abroad: Top Reasons to Stay in a Studio

29 Mar 2018

Enjoy Your Own Independence   If you are looking for total freedom and independence during your experience abroad, staying in a studio is a great option. Studios are sometimes harder to find than standard student residences, however most language schools will offer this option in at least one or two of their locations.    But why pick a studio over a student…

Studying Abroad | How to Choose the Right Housing & Accommodation

29 Mar 2018

If you're planning to study abroad, one of the most important decisions to make will be choosing the right accommodation option for you. Student accommodation varies in type and cost, and whether you choose a homestay, student residence or studio, your final decision will be largely impacted by your budget as well as your personal aims and living preferences.    How to choose the…