What is a host family?

A host family invites a non-family member to stay for a period of time. It's a unique way to get an authentic taste of London with a friendly and welcoming family, and there are plenty of different hosts to suit you. 

Host families are a good option for students who will be under 18-years-old on the first day of their course. However, please note that due to child protection measures, the majority of student accommodation providers will not accept bookings from under 18s.

Ravensbourne recommend the following providers of host families.  

  • StudentStay - They have a wide selection of rooms in London zones 2-5 and all homes must meet British Council and UK standards. 
  • Hosts International - a well-established company with a British Council registration, that has been providing accommodation to International Students for over 25 years. All the host families provide fully-furnished rooms with WIFI access and warm family environment. The aim of Hosts International is to fulfil the requirements of all clients and beyond and make students feel at home regardless of whether they are staying with a host family or in an independent house share. To book homestay on flexible terms contact [email protected]
  •  Homestay - This company has a wide selection of long or short stay rooms available in London with the additional benefits of WIFI and no additional bills. 

Further support and advice

For any queries about accommodation, please contact Student Services.