Hosting students can be a rewarding experience for both the students and the homestay provider. Many homestay providers that we work with develop firm friendships with the students we place with them. The school welcomes local families to register their interest in becoming a homestay provider using the enquiry form below.
What do I need in my home to become a Homestay provider?
The room should be clean, tidy and in a proper state of repair and equipped with a standard size bed and mattress. You must also provide adequate heating and lighting as well as hanging space for clothes. Bed linen must be changed once a week
By law you are also required to provide a current Landlord/Homeowner Gas Certificate (CP12).
Can I choose the nationality and gender of my student?
We take all Homestay providers’ requests and the students’ requirements into account when placing a student.
Does it matter that I have pets?
Students are asked before they arrive if they have any issues with living in a house with pets. Students will not be placed in a house if they are not comfortable with pets.
Do I have to do the students' washing?
Students over the age of 18 are entitled to one free load of washing once a week. This does not include ironing although an iron and ironing board must be available should they wish to use it. For students under 18 a full laundry service is included in their weekly fee.
What do I do if I am planning to go away on holiday?
Please contact the Accommodation Team as soon as possible with the dates. They will make sure that students are not placed with you during the period that you are away.
I have sent in my application what happens next?
You will be contacted by our Accommodation Team to arrange an appointment to view the potential room(s) and talk through any questions you may have.
When do I find out if I have been accepted as a Homestay provider?
You will receive a letter within one week of the Accommodation Team’s visit, advising you if your application has been successful. If you are successful you will also receive your unique Homestay provider reference number. Please keep this number safe and use it in all correspondence including any phone calls to the school. Capital School reserves the right to refuse to register any potential Homestay providers and are not obliged to discuss the reasons for any such decision.
When will I receive my first payment?
Homestay providers receive their first payment either the Friday of the first week of the students’ stay or every 2 weeks dependent on how the payment period falls. (As a school we operate a fortnightly payment scheme).
What are the tax implications of being a Homestay provider?
Before agreeing to become a Homestay provider, potential hosts are strongly recommended to check with the Department of Work and Pensions and/or HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to see how taking a student in may affect their entitlement to any benefits and/or tax credits they may receive.
If I have a problem with a student who do I contact?
During office hours – 8.30 to 17.30 Monday to Friday – please call us on 01202 546875 and speak to one of the Accommodation Team.
If there is a genuine emergency outside of these times please contact our 24 hour emergency phone number 07969524647