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FAQs

Find out more about becoming a Bell homestay host. If you have any further questions, contact our dedicated accommodation team: accommodation@bellenglish.com

Can you tell me more about Bell?

Bell was founded in 1955 by Frank Bell, a University of Cambridge graduate, who believed in the power of language to change lives and transform the world. Frank’s inspiration came from his time as a prisoner of war during the Second World War. In the camp he taught his fellow prisoners languages, which quickly led to the creation of a “secret university”. He believed the route to international cooperation lay in learning. After he returned to England, he opened his first language school in Cambridge, which continues to follow his vision to this day.

Bell teaches English language courses to young learners and adults, prepares international students for English-speaking universities and trains the world’s EFL teachers.

Where do Bell's students come from?

Every year, Bell welcomes students from all over the world. The student you host may come from Europe, the Middle or Far East, Africa, Asia, or South America. Homestay students vary in age, generally they are aged 18-25 and the minimum age is 16.

How much will I get paid?

This varies from £145 to £268 per week depending on the type of room you have available and the meal option you provide. 

What facilities do I need to offer students?

As well as a warm welcome, students require:

  • a comfortable bedroom with a bed, wardrobe, drawer space, desk and chair suitable for adults, mirror and bed/desk lamp
  • bathroom facilities
  • laundry facilities
  • wifi

What meals do I have to provide to students?

This depends on the meal option you choose. There are three options available: 

  • Bed and breakfast only
  • Daily breakfast, evening meals, weekend lunches
  • Daily bed and breakfast, evening meals, weekend lunches

How close do you have to live to Bell?

Hosts need to live within a local bus or tube journey from Bell. Currently our Cambridge hosts live within a 15 minute bus journey and our London hosts within a 50 minute tube journey. 

Both our Cambridge and London schools are conveniently located in the city centres. Bell Cambridge is situated in Red Cross Lane, close to Addenbrookes hospital. Our London school is located on Southampton Place, five minutes from Holborn tube station.

How long would a student usually stay?

Placements can vary from one week onwards. Bell will always discuss the length of stay with you before placing a student.

Do I need to speak another language in addition to English?

No. For the student, one of the benefits of living with a host family is that it provides a relaxed and natural setting in which to practise their English. Students are encouraged to share information about their home country and culture with hosts.

Will I receive support from Bell?

We are committed to the highest standards of care and support and take great care in matching students with our host families. We have host families that have worked with us for over 30 years which is testament to the care and support we provide. Both hosts and students are supported by our dedicated accommodation team.