Insights from the Accommodation Officer

Homestay in Oxford – Insights from the Accommodation Officer

One of the things I really enjoy about my job is meeting and interacting with people from all over the world and that includes recruiting, meeting and working closely with our homestay families.

In my role, I regularly visit the families that host for us as well as recruit new families. It is important for us as a school that our families have the right attitude and can offer a warm, welcoming and all round immersive English language environment for our students – which is the big benefit of opting for a homestay.

During my time at EC Oxford I have had the pleasure of working with many of these families to ensure that our students have the best experience possible during their time here.
When a student requests a homestay they are given options for the type of room they require, (single or twin), bathroom type (shared or en-suite) and meal plan (bed & breakfast or breakfast & dinner).

Further to this, students can add special requests; for instance, they may prefer a home without pets or with young children. Once I receive the request I try and find the ‘best fit’ family for the student.

It is really rewarding to hear of our student’s positive homestay experiences as they play an integral part of the EC experience. I know families who are still in touch with their student’s years after hosting them here in Oxford and others who say that they felt part of the family.

It is not all plain sailing of course and at times, try as we might, the family may not be the best fit for our student and in this case, we endeavour to deal with this as soon as possible and we can always find a family to match our students.

I would not hesitate to book a homestay with EC Oxford if you would like to experience a truly cultural experience.