HOMESTAYS FOR 2013

Why stay in a "Homestay"?
Staying in a Homestay is ideal for the English language student, providing the opportunity to speak English outside the classroom and the experience of being part of a British home.

Britannia's Homestays
At Britannia we aim to provide students with a safe, happy comfortable home away from home. Hosts are selected for their friendliness and their homes must meet British Council (English UK) standards. All Britannia's hosts receive a personal visit from one of our "Accommodation Assessors" who are trained to inspect according to these standards.

To ensure that we provide the highest standard of student accommodation and welfare available, Britannia employs an English UK (British Council) certified Accommodation and Welfare Officer.


What to Expect
The Host will provide accommodation and meals as booked. Rooms will be cleaned and bed linen and towels changed at least once a week. The student will be provided with his/her own house key and the Host is there to offer help and advice as well as to take an interest in the student's well-being. We aim to match a student's requirements as closely as possible with a suitable host.
Students will not be placed in the same homestay as others of the same mother-tongue, except by special request. English is always the main language spoken in the home.
For more information about what to expect, please check our Student Guidelines

Accommodation Zones
Homestays are located in London mainly in zones 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the London transport system. Hosts do not usually live in the town centre as much of central London is commercial and not residential. Zones 4 and 5 often offer more spacious accommodation in a less crowded area. The London transport system is very convenient and if you use the Underground, travel from zones 4 and 5 may only take a few minutes longer.

We Offer 3 Homestay Categories To Suit All Budgets:

 

  • Standard
  • Superior
  • Executive/Deluxe

 

Standard Homestays:
Located in zone 2, 3, 4 and 5, the accommodation is within easy access of the city centre. Zones 2 and 3 areas include Kilburn, Clapham, Maida Vale, Queens Park, Chiswick, Finchley, Southfields, Ealing, Acton, Islington, Golders Green, West Hampstead and many more. Zones 4 and 5 areas include Walthamstow, Edgware, Catford, Norbury, Wembley, Harrow, Wanstead, Leytonstone, Finchley, Lewisham and Greenwich.
Comfortable accommodation of a high standard, located in zones 2, 3, 4 and 5, within easy access of the city centre.

Superior Homestays:
More sophisticated accommodation with a high standard of decor, located in prime areas of zone 2 and 3 (occasionally zone 1), the accommodation is within easy access of the city centre. Areas include Fulham, Kensington, Marylebone, Shepherds Bush, West Hampstead, Hampstead, and Golders Green, .
More sophisticated accommodation, with a high standard of decor, located in prime areas of zones 2 and 3 (or occasionally, standard level accommodation in zone 1).

Executive / Deluxe Homestays:
Located in zones 1 and 2, the accommodation is centrally located or close to the city centre. Areas include Pimlico, Baker Street, Chelsea, Fulham, Kensington, Battersea, Maida Vale, Wandsworth Common, Putney, Clapham, Hammersmith, Hampstead and Islington.
More luxurious accommodation, located in zones 1 and 2, close to the city centre with TV in the room, sometimes with private bathroom.

Meal Plans Available:

Choose from:

  • Bed & Continental Breakfast (BB basis)
  • Breakfast & Dinner (HB basis)
  • Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner (FB basis) for juniors and groups only

Minimum Stay 2 weeks


RATES (PER PERSON PER WEEK) FOR HOMESTAYS/PRIVATE HOMES*

STANDARD HOMESTAY (ZONES 4 & 5) STANDARD HOMESTAY (ZONE 3) STANDARD HOMESTAY (ZONE 2) SUPERIOR HOMESTAY (VARIOUS ZONES) EXECUTIVE / DELUXE FAMILY
SINGLE BB / SC 135.00 155.00 170.00 +25.00 From 240.00
SINGLE HB 175.00 195.00 210.00 +25.00 From 275.00
TWIN BB / SC 125.00 140.00 160.00 +25.00 From 225.00
TWIN HB 165.00 180.00 200.00 +25.00 From 255.00
PRIVATE BATHROOM SUPPLEMENT (WHERE AVAILABLE) 20.00 20.00 20.00 20.00

20.00

SUPPLEMENT FOR JUNIORS (see below) 15.00 15.00 15.00 15.00 N/A
(Rates are in £sterling - No service charges or taxes apply.)

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Rates valid until 31 December 2014

Students age under 18 are classified as "juniors" and special rules apply. A supplement of 15.00 per week will apply for this age group.


(BB = Room and breakfast - HB = Room, breakfast and dinner)

BOOKINGS & PAYMENT - Go to How to Book.

*HOMESTAY ACCOMMODATION Vs PRIVATE HOME ACCOMMODATION

HOMESTAY ACCOMODATION: The majority of our host families are classed as Homestay accommodation. This accommodation offers an authentic 'family' experience, often including eating breakfast and dinner with the Host and their family. The host will be available to offer help and advice to the student as well as take an interest in their well-being. There will never be more than four students in a Homestay at any one time, and students will not be placed in the same homestay as others of the same mother-tongue, except by special request. English is always the main language spoken in the home. Junior students are only ever placed in Homestay accommodation.

PRIVATE HOME ACCOMMODATION: Accommodation on a room only basis includes shared kitchen and bathroom facilities and often a main living room. This accommodation offers an independent lifestyle and is more suitable for the long stay student. Self-catering accommodation does not provide the same family atmosphere as a homestay and may not benefit language students who need to practise their English at home. English may not be the first language spoken and students may be of the same mother tongue.


BOOKINGS & PAYMENT - Go to How to Book.