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Living in a Homestay or Residence in London

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Programme Summary:

  • Ages 16+ (18+ for residences)
  • Duration: from 1 to 24 weeks
  • Accommodation with host family student residence or flatshare
  • Single or shared room
  • Choice between different London city zones



As the capital of the United Kingdom and the most populated city in Europe, it's safe to say that London is a bustling and lively place. With the population reaching a staggering 7.5 million, the mixture of cultures and ethnic communities makes it a fascinating and diverse city to live in. Its world-renowned status as a hub of politcs, education, finance, fashion and art makes it one of the most influential and visited cities in the world. Still not convinced?

Admire the famous historical monuments dotted all over the city that attract millions of tourists every year, such as Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, the Tower of London, the Victoria & Albert museum...the list is endless. The stunning British museum holds a fantastic art collection, and the building alone is a masterpiece.

You'll never run out of things to do during your free time, as London has something to offer everybody. If you're a self-confessed shopaholic, then Harrod's, Oxford Street and Covent Garden will have you sorted in no time. Take the tube along to Camden and taste scrumptious market food while browsing through wonderful and unique clothing stalls. As if this wasn't enough, London also has a spectacular music scene, with concerts being held nearly every day. Whether you're in a huge arena or simply at a local pub, you'll always be able to catch a concert.

Host family

Our formula enables students who carry out an internship or studies in London to stay in a homey environment from 1 - 24 weeks.

Our hosts are carefully selected by our partner in London and respect the British Council's very high standards. All hosts have personal visits to thoroughly check whether these criteria are met. Rooms are cleaned and sheets and towels are changed at least once a week.

Students will be given a house key and the host will be a reassuring presence to help them integrate smoothly into their new environment.

Warning: this type of accommodation is available for minimum 1 week outwith the summer period, and for a minimum of 2 weeks from the 1st of June to the 1st of September.

Important: it is a requirement of the British Council that students provide a person of reference based in London during their stay. This person cannot be a member of your host family. If you are studying or working in London, a member of staff at the school you're at or the business you're working at will suffice as your person of reference. Students who cannot provide a person of reference will not be able to book the homestay option.

We offer different types of accommodation:

  • Standard (Zones 4 and 5)
    These zones often offer more spacious accommodation in a less crowded area. Zone area include Walthamstow, Edgware, Catford, Norbury, Wembley, Harrow, Wanstead, Leytonstone, Finchley, Lewisham and Greenwich.

  • Standard (Zones 2 and 3)
    Comfortable accommodation of a high standard mainly located in zone 3 and 4, within easy access of the city centre. Zone areas include Kilburn, Clapham, Maida Vale, Queens Park, Chiswick, Finchley, Southfields, Ealing, Acton, Islington, Golders Green, West Hampstead and many more.

  • Superior (Zones 2 to 5)
    More sophisticated accommodation with a high standard of décor, located in prime areas of zone 2 to 5, the accommodation is within easy access of the city centre. Areas include Fulham, Marylebone, Shepherds Bush, West Hampstead, Hampstead, and Golders Green.

Accommodation Options

Several different types of accommodation are available in London:

  • Standard Single Room with Breakfast Only
    Furnished single room. You share the rest of the house with the family. Breakfast is included for the duration of the stay. In general, families leave an assortment of food in the mornings (coffee, tea, milk, bread or toast, jam, butter...)

  • Double room with Breakfast Only
    The room is shared between 2 people. They are reserved for people travelling together. Prices indicated in the table are given per person. If one of the 2 people leaves, the price of a single room will apply for the rest of the stay.

  • Half Board (compulsory for minors)
    If you wish, you can book your stay with the half-board option (breakfast and an evening meal). Dinner will be served at a time that suits both yourself and the family. The family will also provide you with a space in the fridge so that you can prepare lunchtime meals for yourself (sandwiches, salads etc). You can speak with your family if you would like more use of the kitchen.

  • Minors (students aged under 18) An extra fee will be asked to accommodate under aged students. There are higher standards for hosting minors and the families are certified to host those who are underage.


All families have been visited by our local partner and fulfil strict British Council criteria. They will provide a warm and comfortable environment for the students and tourists they welcome into their home.

Families are always located in a safe area of the city, close to public transport and local amenities.

Emergency assistance is available 24/7.

Residences (18+)

Living in a residence hall is the perfect solution for people who wish to live near the city centre and who are looking for a more independent lifestyle.

If you want to stay in the centre of London and be within walking distance of shopping areas, night life, the theatre district, Trafalgar Square, Soho, Chinatown and other main attractions – the residence is just what you are looking for.

Flatshare (ideal for longer programmes)


  • Modern single, double or shared rooms with parquet flooring
  • Duration : Minimum 4 weeks, year round (November and December bookings must cover at least those 2 months)
  • No meals included
  • Location : Zone 3, North London. 5 minutes walk from Tottenham Hale (Victoria Line) metro station with good bus connections to the town centre
  • Capacity : 6 - 8 students per house
  • Deposit to be paid on-site (please check the price table). Refundable by our partner if no evidence of damage has been found.

Services and facilities available:

  • TV room
  • Modern toilets and bathroom
  • Fully furnished kitchen with dishwasher, cutlery, cooking utensils and an american bar
  • Often times, access to a garden
  • Washing machine
  • Bed linen provided (but must be washed by you), bath towels are not provided
  • Wi-Fi connection available throughout the whole building
  • Entry under surveillance
  • The residence (excluding the rooms) is cleaned every 15 days. The rest of the time, students are responsible for keeping the flat clean.
  • Charges are included (water, gas and electricity)

Rathbone Place Shared Apartments


  • Modern Single, double or shared rooms with wooden floors
  • Duration: minimum 4 weeks throughout the year. (If you book in November and December, your stay will cover these two months at least)
  • No meals included
  • Location: 3 minutes walk from the subway station "Tottenham Court Road" (Central and Northern Lines), on the corner of Oxford Street
  • Capacity: 15 rooms in 5 apartments
  • Deposit to pay on-site (see price table), refunded by our partner at end of stay if no evidence of damage has been found

Services and facilities available:

  • TV in every room
  • Toilets and modern tiled bathrooms
  • Kitchens fully equipped with a dishwasher, cutlery, kitchen utensils
  • Apartments usually have a garden
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer, iron and ironing board
  • Bed linen included (changed weekly), no bath towels
  • Wi-Fi throughout the building
  • Secure Access and Concierge
  • The residence (not the rooms) is cleaned every 15 days. The rest of the time, as in any flat, each person is responsible in keeping the flat clean.
  • Expenses are included (water, gas and electricity)

Tufnell House


  • Modern, single rooms with a large bed, a desk and a chair.
  • Private toilets and bathroom
  • No meals included
  • Duration : 4 weeks minimum, year round (October, November and December bookings must cover at least those 3 months)
  • Location : Only a few steps away from Kentish Town and Archay (Northern Line) metro stations and only 10 minutes away from the town center by public transports. It is also close to Hampstead Heath and Camden Town and its famous markets, bars, clubs and restaurants.
  • Capacity : Approximately 200 students
  • Deposit to be paid on-site (please check the price table). Refundable by our partner if no damage was accounted for.

Services and facilities available:

  • Fully furnished kitchen with a dishwasher, cutlery, cooking utensils and an american bar
  • Chill-out area with Sky TV
  • Fitness room (Free access after an obligatory introduction that may require a fee)
  • Laundry facilities in the building
  • Bed sheets provided (but must be washed by you), bath towels are not provided
  • Wi-Fi connection available in the whole building
  • Electronic keys for door locks
  • Entry under surveillance
  • Furnished garden and barbecue area
  • Study room and gaming room
  • Reception available 24/7
  • Bike storage
  • Cleaning is everyone's responsiblity, be it the rooms, bathrooms or common areas.
  • Charges are included (water, gas and electricity)



  • Individual or shared room, no meals, large bed, wardrobe, drawers, mirror, shelf, desk, chair & parquet flooring. Double rooms are reserved for those travelling together.
  • Private toilets and bathroom
  • No meals included
  • Duration : 4 weeks, year round (October, November and December bookings must cover at least those 3 months).
  • Location : 3 minutes walk away from Southwark (Jubilee Line) metro station and 10 minutes from Borough (Northern Line) and Waterloo. London town center is very easy to reach. South Bank is 10 minutes walk away and is filled with restaurants, art galleries and theaters. Easy access to London Eye, Tate Modern Gallery and Tower Bridge.
  • Capacity : Building with 18 spacious rooms and 5 studios
  • Deposit to be paid on-site (please check the price table). Refundable by our partner if no damage was accounted for.

Services and facilities available:

  • The residence was renovated in 2013 and obtained 2 stars as a "Selling residence"
  • A common area with a large TV
  • Fully furnished kitchen with dishwasher, cutlery, cooking utensils at every floor
  • Free laundry in the building
  • Bed sheets provided (but must be washed by you), no bath towel
  • Wi-Fi connection available in the whole building
  • Entry under surveillance
  • Private garden
  • The common area and the rooms are cleaned once a week. The rest of the time, cleaning is everyone's responsiblity, as it is in all shared accommodation.
  • Charges are included (water, gas and electricity)

Dates & Prices 2019

Dates 2019

Starting dates : Every weekend throughout the year.

All bookings including November and December must be booked until at least the 3rd of January

  • Minimum 2 weeks stay in host family. Out of summer (July, August), it is possible to opt for a 1 week stay for an extra cost (depending on availability).

  • Minimum 4 weeks stay for the flatshare option.

Since there are a lot of demands in high season (June – September), we advise you to book your stay at least 4 weeks in advance.

Prices 2019

Booking prices -

All taxes and enrolment fees included

Placement fee
Type of accommodationHost familyResidence
One-time fee30 £50 £
Host family - Zones 4 & 5
DurationDouble room, breakfastSingle room, breakfastDouble room, half boardSingle room, half board
1 week255 £270 £285 £300 £
2 weeks375 £415 £455 £500 £
3 weeks520 £585 £645 £705 £
4 weeks685 £765 £845 £925 £
8 weeks1,285 £1,440 £1,595 £1,750 £
12 weeks1,835 £2,060 £2,285 £2,510 £
24 weeks3,635 £4,085 £4,535 £4,985 £
Extra fee for central zones - price per week
"Standard' accommodation - Zone 3 15 £
"Standard" accommodation - Zone 2 30 £
"Superior" accommodation - Zone 2 95 £
Other fees - per week
Junior 16-17 year olds*25 £
Private bathroom30 £
Flatshares - Zone 3, North London
DurationDouble roomTwin roomSingle room
4 weeks660 £690 £980 £
8 weeks1,255 £1,310 £1,870 £
12 weeks1,805 £1,885 £2,695 £
24 weeks3,455 £3,610 £5,170 £
Residences in different zones
Name of residenceRathboneRathboneTufnell HouseSouth Bank
Duration/Type of roomTwin room, no mealsSingle room, no mealsSingle room, no mealsSingle room, no meals
4 weeks1,240 £1,380 £1,425 £1,420 £
8 weeks2,360 £2,680 £2,720 £2,720 £
12 weeks3,540 £4,020 £3,915 £4,080 £
24 weeks6,840 £7,680 £7,635 £1,800 £
Refundable deposit to be payed on-site: 250GBP
Transfers to/from airport - per journey
Heathrow & London City85 £
Gatwick, Luton, Stansted110 £

Double rooms are only for those travelling together. *Junior students: half board is obligatory. It is not possible to choose accommodation with the Superior/Executive option.

Prices include :

  • Host family or residence accommodation
  • All taxes and registration fees
  • Bed linen
  • Cleaning service in most accommodation options (usually weekly, although this may vary)
  • Charges (water, gas and electricity)

Prices do not include :

  • Travels, transfers and local transportation
  • Meals (unless you have selected breakfast or half board in homestay)
  • Deposit (to be paid on-site)

Practical Information


Arrivals : Saturday (or Sunday)

Departures : Saturday (or Sunday)

Arrival airports/train stations:

  • London Heathrow*
  • London Gatwick*
  • London Stansted*
  • London City*
  • London Luton*

Airport transfers available on request (fees apply, see price list)

Please note: Do not make travel arrangements until we have confirmed your enrolment in your chosen course (about 4 days after deposit payment).

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