What To Expect

International Students are placed with local, carefully selected homestay hosts.

Homestay accommodation is half board with breakfast and evening meals during weekdays and 3 meals at weekends. Special dietary requirements can be accommodated but there may be supplementary charges. 

As you will be living in the home of a family in Southampton, you will get first hand experience of life in the UK. The host family is there to help you adjust and settle into your new life here.

We have many types of homestay hosts from married couples with young or grown-up children, to couples without children, single  people with or without pets. We do our best to place you with the most suitable homestay, which is why we encourage you to send the application and necessary forms as early as possible.

We encourage our students and hosts to take part in activities together as a good practice to improve your English  outside the classroom and to get to know each other. Our hosts have set house rules which you will need to follow, just like anyone else living in the household.

Testimonial by Sarah - Home stay Host

It’s safe to say we adore having Itchen college International students. Each and everyone becomes part of our family. So far we’ve had the best time with them all. We’ve created wonderful relationships that will last a lifetime. We still communicate with every long term student we’ve had from 3 months to two and a half years. Our boys have brothers from around the world. How lucky are we. Most return to visit every year. “Hello” is the best and “Goodbye for now” is the worst! But we keep doing it because these young people are awesome. Our family life is enriched in so many ways for knowing them. Long may that continue!