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5 Homestay Accommodation Myths

Published Bernice on Thursday, November 16, 2023 1:40 PM

5 Homestay Accommodation Myths

When embarking on the journey of studying abroad, a key decision is finding the right place to live. For many international students, a host family is an excellent option, but there are several misconceptions surrounding homestay experiences.

Let’s explore five common myths to demonstrate why companies like Hosts International are actually a fantastic choice for providing homestay accommodation in the UK and Ireland.

1. Homestays impose too many restrictions

Host families provide guidelines for a comfortable living arrangement, but they are far from restrictive. In fact, they offer the perfect balance of structure and freedom. Students over 18 typically have no curfew and receive their own house key, so they can come and go as they please. The flexibility can also extend to meal times, accommodating diverse lifestyles and routines.

2. Independence and privacy are limited

Some think that homestay accommodation means a lack of independence and privacy. On the contrary, students always have their own room and personal space. Bed and breakfast and self-catering options also give students more independence, as do ensuite or dedicated bathroom facilities, while allowing time for socialising and practising their English.

3. Homestays are expensive and inflexible

Contrary to popular belief, homestays often cost significantly less than other accommodation types. Additionally, changing hosts is typically more flexible than fixed rental contracts. This means that if a student isn’t entirely satisfied, Hosts International will find them a suitable alternative, subject to notice

4. Dietary requirements can cause problems

Hosts are actually very experienced in catering to a wide range of dietary needs. As long as a host is informed in advance, they can accommodate most requirements, so that meals are enjoyable for everyone.

5. There will be language barriers

A homestay is an excellent opportunity to immerse oneself in the English language and culture. Although students may be a little nervous at first, hosts will make them feel at ease and can provide a more authentic experience than other accommodation options.

Staying with a host family is a unique opportunity. Understanding the realities behind these myths can help international students make an informed decision about their time abroad. Students who stay with a host family achieve a better level of English at the end of their stay.

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