Student's Application for Homestay Accommodation
Accommodation is an essential aspect of any course and the most comfortable and enjoyable way to experience a stay in England is with a Homestay arranged by the school. Alternatively, you may prefer to organise Private Accommodation in the city.
What is Homestay accommodation?
In a homestay you will live with local English speakers and experience an authentic home lifestyle. You will live as your hosts live, eat the same food and spend time at home together. Many students enjoy the homecooked food and extra feeling of security in a homestay.
Homestay hosts offer a warm welcome in their homes for a maximum of 4 students and provide a friendly environment for you to practice English in a relaxed, informal setting.
ISE Brighton accommodation staff organise homestay requests, working directly with our registered hosts.
Internet & Wi-Fi
All ISE homestays have internet and Wi-Fi connections which students may use for free.
Arrangement fee: A £50.00 non-refundable fee for arranging accommodation.
Monthly fees: homestay should be paid minimum monthly (4 weeks) or completely in advance.
Homestay families offering half-board provide bed, breakfast and evening meals everyday, and lunches at weekends.
Half-Board Premium (private or en-suite bathroom)
Half board provision homestay with a private bathroom
Bed & Breakfast
Maybe you prefer your breakfast provided by the host but not dinner. With this arrangement you can arrange your own dinner at home or eat out in the city, being independent but still having contact and conversation with the host. It's particularly suitable for anyone with a special diet.
Bed & Breakfast Premium (private or en-suite bathroom)
B&B provision homestay with a private bathroom
Self - Catering
A more independent option is self-catering. Some ISE Homestay hosts provide full use of kitchen where students can save food and cook their own meals. In a self catering arrangement you still have contact and conversation with the host but again, it is particularly suitable for anyone with a special diet.
Self Catering Premium (private or en-suite bathroom)
Self Catering provision homestay with a private bathroom
High Season Supplement: July & August, Christmas & New, Year
A supplement of up to £21.00 per week for a single room and £10.50 for a twin room will be added during July, August and Christmas/New Year holidays.
Families who agree to buy and cook halal food = £21 per student, per week supplement
Download the Student Accommodation Application Form
Payment & Booking of school organised Homestay
Accommodation organised by the school is available to students studying a minimum of 15 hours per week and full payment should be received at least 2 weeks in advance or be booked as early as possible in order to find a room suited to your preferences.
14 days notice must be given before leaving a homestay before the agreed end date. Less than 14 days notice given for an early departure will still be charged / not refunded for an early departure.
For any accommodation questions or issues, please contact ISE Brighton:
Tel: +44 (0)1273 384800
Application for Homestay Accommodation
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Private Accommodation in Brighton (not organised by ISE)
Staying in Private Accommodation is when you stay in a hotel, rent a flat or arrange to rent a room by private agreement with a hotel, landlord or letting agency.
Longer term students may prefer to hire a flat for the duration of their stay. Long term lets of more than 6 months and short term holiday lets are available through various letting agents. If you would like information about Private Accommodation please telephone or email the accommodation officer to discuss options.
Typically flats must be let on a minimum of 6 month period, with many agencies charging the full six-month rental fee in advance. Students are responsible for Utility Bills (water, gas, electricity, phone / internet, Council Tax) for the duration of the rental period. As tenants, there is also a responsibility to keep the flat in good condition, and return it at the end of the period in the same condition that it was received.
Living in private accommodation will limit your contact with English speakers and all living responsibilities like cooking, shopping and cleaning will usually be yours.
Short term accommodation in Brighton can be found using international accommodation search sites such as Airbnb or Trip Advisor.
Hotels, hostels, Bed & Breakfasts or Guest Houses
Hotel & Guest houses are also available in the city, please use the Visit Brighton accommodation listings to find a hotel or Bed & Breakfast that suits you. Prices are available on request from the hotel website or by contacting them directly.
Could you work for ISE’s Accommodation department?
We are always on the lookout for enthusiastic staff to join our administrative team, particularly during the summer season. If you think you have what it takes, please contact us.
Would you like to become an ISE Host Family?
To become a registered ISE homestay host, you may apply by contacting our accommodation staff by email or by calling 01273 384800.
Before you apply: Essentials you'll need to be a host:
- Offer a safe, secure & clean home environment
- Provide breakfast and dinner everyday, and lunch at the weekends - if offering Half Board accommodation
- Provide access to clean food preparation facilities if offering self catering accommodation
- Provide clean towels and bedding
- Provide a table for students to use for study
- Have your own wifi or internet connection available 24/7
- Spend meal times with students so they can practise their English
- Be willing to have a DBS check (Discolsure and Barring Service check may be required to host a child or vulnerable adult)
- Complete a Risk Assessment for the property (see template below), provide a Reference (below) and a Gas Safety Certificate
- Live in the BRIGHTON & HOVE areas. Sorry, we do not usually register homestays west of Boundary Road Hove, east of Brighton Marina or north of The Level.
Usual range of homestays
If you meet these requirements, we will arrange a visit to view the room(s) and living spaces available before sending you students.
Please read the ISE Hosting Guidelines for full requirements.
The following 3 documents are required in advance of a visit to register as a homestay host. Please download and complete the forms in advance to save time completing the registration process.
Your application with completed forms may be emailed to our accommodation department.
For further guidelines for hosting under 18's we reference: Childrens Act 1989.pdf (6MB)