What is it like to stay with a host family?

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What is it like to stay with a host family?

Living with a host family is the best way to experience the English way of life - and to practise your English.
From breakfast in the morning to the time you go to bed, you will experience life from the British point of view. You will learn words that you would probably never even hear if you stayed at a residential centre. You will find out what people in England think about world affairs, which sports teams they support, what they are interested in and much, much more. And, of course, they will be interested to hear your views.
At first, everything will be new. But your hosts will make you feel welcome and show you where everything is. Soon, you will probably find that your hosts become your "second family". Many of our students stay in contact with their hosts long after their course is over.

Who are the host families?

We have many different sorts of families – young, middle-aged, old, with children, without children, with or without pets. The one thing they all have in common is that they enjoy having students to stay with them and most of them have been accommodating students for a long time.

Where will my host family live?

We have families in Weymouth and on Portland. A few of them live within walking distance of the school but most of them live a short bus journey away.

Which meals will I have with my host family?

You will have breakfast and an evening meal every day plus lunches on Saturdays and Sundays.
From Monday to Friday you have a choice of hot or cold lunches that you can get in the college canteen.

What is the food like?

Just as in your country, the food in each family is different. Some families have a cooked breakfast, but most have cereal and perhaps toast with jam or marmalade.
On school days you will get your lunch at school. There is a choice of host and cold meals - perhaps an English pie with vegetables and potatoes, a pizza, or a ham and cheese baguette with salad. The menu varies each day.
The main meal of the day is the evening meal with your host family. This is usually a main course followed by a dessert.
Don't expect the same meals that you have at home; the food in England is different. But most students are pleasantly surprised by the food.
If you need a special diet, just tell us all about it on your booking form and we will make sure we put you with a family which can give you what you need.

How will I get to school?

Either on foot or by bus. There is a frequent bus service to most areas of Weymouth and Portland. A weekly bus pass lets you travel as much as you want on any of these local buses. Your hosts and our team will help you find the nearest bus stop to your house and we will show you the bus stop you need to use in town to get home.

What happens if I don't feel happy with my host family?

If, for any reason, you are not happy with your family, you should tell us so that we can either try to improve the situation for you or, if we all agree it would be for the best, we can move you to another family. Our hosts are carefully chosen and it is very rare for a student to want to move.

Will I be the only student?

Our families can accommodate from one to four students and, on average, most accommodate two at the same time. However, if you want to be the only student, you should tell us this when you send us your booking and we will do everything we can to make this possible.

Do they all have animals?

The British love pets and most families do have cats, dogs, birds, rabbits, fish and so on! However if you would like a family with no animals, please tell us this when you send your booking.

What happens if I am allergic to certain foods or animals?

You should tell us of any allergies when you send your booking to us. We have families who can cater for most special needs.

Will the family provide my bed linen and towels or do I need to take my own?

The family will provide you with all your bed linen and bath towels but you will need to take your own beach towel.


Have you got any questions? Just email or call +44 (0)1926 811709 - we will be happy to help.


many of our students stay in contact with their hosts long after their courses

"Really nice. They show me their shop. They listen to my request and suggestions. The dinner are various and every dinner is different. They take me to the supermarket, to another coast for BBQ and to walk the dog. we chat every night and every morning. It really improves my English."

Chen, China

  • 15 hours of English tuition per week
  • 5 afternoon activities per week
  • 4 evening activities per week
  • 1 full day trip on Saturdays

Learning English can be fun!
Our teachers take a lot of time to prepare lessons that are fun and effective.
Even people who didn't think they would learn much during their course are surprised to find that they like our lessons - and their English improves.