How To  Choose The Right Host Family In London

By - Andy
29.06.23 03:38 PM

Planning your stay in London for full-time study, a semester abroad, or an internship? Then you will likely consider staying with a host family. Living with a host family offers numerous benefits that contribute to a fulfilling and immersive experience in London, such as an opportunity to interact with locals, practice English language skills, and gain insights into British culture, among others. Host families offer a supportive environment, making your transition to a new city smoother and more enjoyable.  

Yet, choosing the right host family is an essential part of creating a comfortable and enriching experience during your time in the city. At Host Family Stay, we understand the importance of finding a host family that aligns with your preferences and needs. In this blog, we'll provide you with a comprehensive guide on how to choose the perfect host family in London. From room types to location and meal plans, we've got you covered. 

Selecting the Ideal Room

Ideal Room

One of the first considerations when choosing a host family is the type of room you prefer. 

Host Family Stay offers a range of options, including single and twin rooms. With twin rooms you share a room with another fellow student or a friend, and you can save up to 30% on accommodation costs. 

Consider your comfort level and personal preferences when deciding between a shared or private room. Additionally, think about whether you would prefer a shared bathroom or a private bathroom. 

Identifying Your Preferred Host Family


The type of host family you choose can greatly impact your homestay experience. Consider whether you would like to live with a family that has children or pets. Living with a family with children can provide a lively and familial atmosphere, while pets can add an extra touch of warmth and companionship. On the other hand, if you prefer a quieter environment, you may opt for a host family without children or pets. 

Additionally, think about the industry or profession you would like your host to be in. Having a host with a similar professional background or expertise in your field of study can provide valuable insights and networking opportunities. Furthermore, if you enjoy socializing and being outgoing, you may prefer a host who is similarly inclined, creating opportunities for shared experiences and a vibrant living environment. 

Choosing Homestay Location

London Bridge

Location is an important factor to consider when choosing a host family. Host Family Stay offers homestay options in various London regions, including West London, East London, Central London, North London, and South London. Consider the proximity of potential host families to your target location, whether it's your school or workplace. 

Evaluate the commuting distance and available transportation options in each location. 

Choosing a host family near your target location can save you valuable time and make your daily commute more convenient.  

      Here are the tips for you to choose different areas in London:  

      • West London: If you prefer a vibrant and diverse atmosphere, West London offers a mix of cultural attractions, trendy neighborhoods, and excellent transport links. Experience the bustling streets of Notting Hill, visit world-class museums in Kensington, or enjoy the picturesque views along the Thames River.   

      • East London: Known for its vibrant street art, East London is a hub of creativity and innovation. Explore the markets of Shoreditch, stroll along the historic streets of Spitalfields, or indulge in international cuisine at Brick Lane. East London offers a dynamic and multicultural living experience.  

      • Central London: Living in Central London puts you at the heart of the city's iconic landmarks and attractions. From the bustling streets of Oxford Circus to the historic charm of Covent Garden, you'll have easy access to renowned museums, theaters, and shopping districts.  

      • North London: North London boasts charming residential areas, beautiful parks, and a lively atmosphere. Explore the vibrant streets of Camden Town, visit the historic Highgate Cemetery, or enjoy a peaceful walk in Hampstead Heath. North London offers a balance between urban amenities and natural beauty.  

      • South London: South London offers a diverse range of neighborhoods and green spaces. Visit the famous Borough Market, take a walk along the South Bank of the Thames, or explore the cultural heritage of Greenwich. South London provides a mix of historical landmarks, picturesque parks, and a thriving food scene.  

To learn more about homestay in different areas of London, please visit Locations page on the website. To read more about homestay in a particular part of London,  click on the following links to access our dedicated blogs:

Meal Plan Preferences

Homestay meal plans can vary, so it's essential to determine the type of meal plan that suits your preferences and lifestyle. Host Family Stay offers various meal plan options. If you prefer to have control over your meals, you may opt for a self-catering arrangement, allowing you to prepare your own meals and have flexibility in your eating schedule. 

Alternatively, you may prefer a bed and breakfast arrangement where breakfast is provided by your host family. For more inclusive meal options, you can consider a half board (breakfast and dinner) or full board (all meals provided) arrangement. Consider your dietary requirements, cooking preferences, and budget when selecting a meal plan. 


Choosing the right host family is a crucial step towards ensuring a fulfilling and enjoyable experience in London. By considering your room preferences, host family dynamics, location, and meal plan, you can find a homestay that perfectly suits your needs. Host Family Stay offers a range of options in different London regions, making it easier for you to find the ideal host family. Embrace the opportunity to live with a welcoming host family, immerse yourself in the local culture, and create lifelong memories.  

your room
your room

Our dedicated team is here to guide you throughout the selection process. Whether you're looking for a homestay in West London, East London, Central London, North London, or South London, Host Family Stay has options to suit your preferences. Choose wisely and embark on an unforgettable experience in London.  To get started with your homestay journey, you can visit Find a Homestay page to access the registration form.


Once you submit your application to Host Family Stay, and we verify your profile, we offer you a selection of homestay options tailored to your preferences. These options include detailed host information, pictures of the accommodation, and distance from your school or workplace. Take the time to review each option carefully, and certainly ask our team for any help you may need. We wish you a great homestay!