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A homestay is an affordable accommodation alternative, providing an opportunity to stay with a local family in London for a fee. It is ideal for independent leisure travellers of all ages, interns, gap year students, students living abroad and anyone seeking a real and genuine travel experience as it allows them to experience the local community and culture of the place they’re visiting.
London hosts can help their guests find their feet in a new place, whether it’s help with local orientation or places to eat. It's also a convenient, value-for-money way to book accommodation when attending an event or conference.
The London hosts all have their own unique interests and hobbies and guests often find a host with similar interests which further complements the homestay experience.
Hosts are what make a homestay experience so unique. They welcome guests into their home and offer guidance and help during their stay. With a host's local knowledge, guests see beyond the usual tourist trail. Hosts can also help their guests find their feet in a new place, whether it's help with local orientation or places to eat.
Some of our hosts are connected to a local London partner. The partner will have visited and verified the homestay and provide ongoing support to these hosts.
Other homestays are listed directly on Homestay.com with no Local Partner connection. Any homestay which is tagged "visited & verified" means it has been visited and inspected by one of our London partners.
Hosts vary and include young couples, retired couples, families, and hosts who live alone. Our hosts all have their own unique interests and hobbies and guests often find a host with similar interests which further complements the homestay experience.
Booking a homestay is easy. Select a destination and enter your preferred dates to check availability. Browse through the listed homestays, choose the homestay and host who is most suited to your needs and who you like the most.
Review your selected homestay details and price (make sure to review the hosts house rules) and, if you’re happy, click "Contact Host" to send them a secure message through the messaging system to check if they are available to host you on your specific dates of travel.
By clicking "Send Message", your request and message will be sent immediately to the host you have chosen and you need to await their email reply if they are available for your chosen dates.
If the host is available, you will receive an email reply advising you to proceed and book online. You will be required to pay a 15% non-refundable online deposit to confirm your booking immediately. You can choose to pay this 15% by Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Maestro, Laser, JCB or PayPal. Enter your payment details and that's it!
You pay the outstanding amount directly to the host either in advance of your stay or on arrival. Your host will advise you of their preferred method of payment when the booking has been confirmed.
All homestays are either approved by a partner in London who visited the premises and their profiles reviewed before bookings are accepted or are verified in other ways.
Any homestay which is tagged "visited & verified" means it has been visited and inspected by one of our approved partners.
The partner will have verified that the homestay exists and that the profile listed is as described. They will also have verified the host's identification.
All hosts are asked to provide two forms of ID documentation (which are not displayed on the site), both for personal id and the address.
The hosts public profile on the website will show only their first name and will not give the specific location of their home. It will show only the general area in which their home is located.
Guests will only receive their host’s full name, address and contact details after they’ve made a confirmed booking and have paid their 15% online non-refundable booking deposit.