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Become a Homestay Host

Every year, thousands of students from over 60 countries come to learn English, study for exams and prepare for university with Bell, and we are looking for people who can offer them a home away from home.

If you can offer a warm welcome and a room for one week or longer in Cambridge or London, you could become a perfect Bell homestay host.

Benefits of hosting

Hosting is a rewarding experience for both hosts and students.

Benefits for host:

  • Earn extra income
  • Meet new people from around the world and experience different cultures
  • Introduce students to British life and culture
  • Enjoy annual summer BBQ

Benefits for students:

  • Practise English in a relaxed setting
  • Experience British life and culture
  • Become part of a British family

I keep in touch with several of my previous students, mainly through Facebook, as do my own children. It is nice to hear how they are getting on, and several have been back to visit.

Kate Drury


All Bell homestay hosts are located in either zones 1 or 2. See below:
Zone 1
Within a 15 - 20 minute bus ride from Bell School and within easy reach of the city centre and leisure facilities.
Zone 2
Within 35 -45 minute bus ride from Bell School, within easy reach of the city centre and leisure facilities.

Enquire about becoming a homestay host

Contact us today and find out more about becoming a homestay host.

Can you tell me more about Bell?

Bell is one of the UK’s leading providers of high-quality English language services. Each year we teach around 10,000 students on a range of programmes including General English, University Foundation, Business English and teacher training and development.

Where do Bell's students come from?

Every year, Bell welcomes students from over 60 countries. 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, the minimum age is 16.

How much will I get paid?

This varies from £140 to £190 per week depending on the type of room you have available, location and the meal option you provide.

What facilities do I have 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, bed/desk lamp, bathroom facilities.

What meals do I have to provide students?

Meal options include one of the following:

  • 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?

Ideally, hosts need to live within a local bus or tube journey from Bell. 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 1 week onwards. Bell will always discuss the length of stay with you before placing a student.

Do you 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.