Over the past 15 years Capital School of English homestays providers have welcomed students from all over the world into their homes this has led to lifelong friendships with many returning to visit their second family. If you would like to be part of this experience and live locally please fill in the enquiry form below.
What do I need in my students bedroom 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) as well as a completed risk assessment on your property (the risk assessment document is provided by Capital School of English).
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. Market fluctuation can mean a higher number of one sex than other or nationalities.
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 allergic to pets.
Do I have to do the students' washing?
Students over the age of 18 are entitled to one free laundry service 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 one 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 phone call to discuss your application and a date for a visit may be arranged.
You will receive a letter within one week of the Accommodation Team’s visit, advising you if your application has been successful. Once a visit has been conducted and all necessary paperwork has been received you will be issued with 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 or second 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 hosting a student 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