Your accommodation in Guildford is one the most important parts of your time here. A good home will help you settle into English life quickly and help to improve your language skills . Guildford is an excellent place to live as well as study. It’s just 40 minutes to Central London and only minutes from the countryside so Guildford is the perfect base to be able to explore the towns and cities in the south of England.
Most of our host families and shared houses are in Guildford or the nearby towns of Woking, Farncombe, Godalming and Shalford . Guildford has a good transport system, and all of these places have a regular bus or train services into Guildford. Journey time is usually between 15-30 minutes, making travel to Guildford quick and easy.
One of the best ways to improve your English is to live with an English family in their home. You will have the opportunity to get involved in everyday life, from eating together to watching British television. You will either live with a single person, a couple or in a family.
You will normally have a bed, wardrobe desk and chair in your bedroom. You will share the kitchen and bathroom with the other members of the homestay. You will be treated as a full member of the household, eating together and sharing the common living areas; no more than three adults or four junior students will be accommodated in homestay accommodation at any one time.
All our host families are checked by the Accommodation Officer responsible for accommodation and welfare to ensure an acceptable standard of living. The householder will normally require an accommodation damage deposit of £150. This will be returned to you when you leave the property as long as you have paid your rent, your room is clean and tidy and nothing has been damaged.
Most students choose half board host family accommodation which allows you to have breakfast and dinner at home.
If you are living in somebody’s house please remember to treat it with respect. Please remember to tidy the kitchen and bathroom once you have finished, and to keep your bedroom tidy. Tell your host family if you will be out late or if you won’t be coming home in the evening. You will normally have use of the washing machine; the host family will show you how to use it.