A guide to host families – Frequently asked questions

Thinking about staying in a host family ? Don’t know what to expect?

Ophelia our senior registrar, has compiled quick guide to the most frequently asked questions about staying with a host family, we hope this will help you make an informed decision about your accommodation.

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– Do you provide host families?

Our host families are provided by one of our reputable partner companies , who carefully select them to meet British Council requirements. We do out best to match you with just the right family to make your stay in London a happy one.

– Where are the host families located?

Host families are located either within walking distance of the school ( up to 40 minutes walking distance – approximately a 15 minute bus ride) or non walking distance ( approximately between 20 and 40 minutes in public transport)

Those families who are classed as walking distance are normally in the areas of Camden, Kentish Town, Tufnell Park, Islington, King’s Cross and Caledonian Road

Those families who are classed as non walking distance are normally located in north London. We try our best to have availability in families whose home is located along the Northern Line, or within an easy travel journey from the school, though this depends on availability at the time of booking.

– Where are the host families from?

Our host families have all sort of backgrounds and nationalities. As London is such a multicultural place, this is also reflected on the people who become our host families. However, they all speak English and only English is spoken in the household , in order to help you improve and practice your English.

– What type of host family can I expect?

Our host families come in all shapes and sizes: some are families with children ( and pets sometimes too! ) , some are single people, some work, some are retired, some have children living at home, there are others whose children have moved away.

Most of our students do not mind the type of host family that they get, but, if you have any specific needs or requirements, please let us know and we will confirm with you availability for your particular requests.

– Why choose a host family over other type of accommodation?

There are different reasons why someone wishes to say in a Host Family over ,for example , a residence. Maybe you wish to experience the day to day of a typical household in London. Or maybe you want to stay somewhere where there might be pets, or perhaps your motivation is to be able to practice your English with your hosts.

Some other more mature students prefer to stay in a place where there is a more homely vibe than in a student residence. Also host families tend to be located in quieter areas of the city (for example, on a side street rather than the high street), and some students consider this important in order to be able to concentrate on their studies.

Whatever your needs are, the more you let us know about your them, the better we will be able to match you with a host family that is ideal for you.

– What kind of house/room can I expect?

Family houses in London tend to be small and cozy. Typical types of houses include flats, terraced houses and semi detached houses. Some British homes typically tend to have a lot of decoration and knick-knacks in them , specially if the hosts are old fashioned. Most people coming from another culture find this quite charming and British, whilst some others prefer a more modern and neutral décor. If this is really important to you, please let us know at the time of booking.

The average size in rooms in London is 3 x 3 meters , but some can be bigger and some smaller. What you can expect for sure is:

-a bed with bedding included
-a desk and chair
-storage space for your clothes
-use of the family shared living areas

Host families do not normally put locks on their rooms ( apart from the toilet room/bathroom ) . Rooms are normally not ensuite, but you can request this at the time of booking (subject to availability)


If you have any other questions that have not been covered in the above FAQs, please email Ophelia at info@ttischool.com, who will be happy to guide you further and help you choose the right accommodation for you to have the best experience in London.

For more information about our school click here www.ttischool.com

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