We recommend homestay accommodation, and organise this for our students all year round. A homestay situation is where you live with a local host; the host will treat you as a full member of the household, eating together and sharing the common living areas.
We work closely with many homestay hosts to find accommodation for our students. Every home is different, but the most important thing to remember is that living with an English host is not like staying in a hotel.
We have hosts who live in many different areas, but the vast majority of students must travel by bus. There are two bus companies: Yellow Buses and more buses. Every host family lives near a bus stop, on a direct route into the town centre, so there is no problem travelling to and from school.
For more information about getting around town, check out our dedicated page for using public transport in and around Bournemouth.
If you are aged 18 or over, and travelling alone, you will be given your own room - a Single Room; this will be your own personal space and you will not share your room with another student.
If you are travelling and studying with a friend, family member, or as part of a group, you can also request Shared Room accommodation so that you can stay together.
If you are under 18 years of age, you will automatically be given Shared Room accommodation; you will share your room with another student of a similar age.
You can choose between Full Board and Part Board accommodation: the difference is the number of meals that are included each day.
Full Board accommodation includes three meals a day, every day. You will normally be able to help yourself to breakfast, although some families do sit down for breakfast together. A packed lunch is normally provided from Monday to Friday as you are at school rather than at home during the week. Dinner is eaten with the family.
Part Board allows you the flexibility to buy your own lunch; the family will provide you with breakfast and dinner.
Please note that the Part Board option is only available to students who are 18 years of age or over.
If you are not sure about the advantages of homestay accommodation, you should read this...
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