Thank you for your interest in hosting for English Naturally

The information below is a useful summary of how we work. Please click here to register with us, or call us if you'd like to talk it through on 01962 859700 or send us a quick email to

Why become a host family?

  • Offering hospitality to students from other countries can be a very rewarding experience - both for you and them!
  • By welcoming foreign students into your home, you and your family can make lifelong friends from other countries.
  • If you have children, it should be great fun for them - and they should gain greatly from the experience, expanding their horizons.
  • Money earned from hosting is tax-free (up to £7500 as of tax year 16-17) under the "rent-a-room" scheme, so it is a great way of earning extra money from a spare bedroom. You do not have to declare the relevant income provided you do not exceed the threshold.

How much is paid for hosting?

  • The rates we pay will be provided to you if you sign up, when we arrange the home visit. As a general guideline, hosting foreign students is paid at rates similar to what you would expect from a lodger, but less than what you would expect for short-stay B+B/airnbnb or similar.

Our hosts provide short stay accommodation for two types of students: group and full immersion and longer stay accommodation for School Year Abroad students

Group students (Winchester, Romsey & Petersfield year-round) and Summer Schools (Petersfield & Lymington)

They are out all day having group lessons at a central location in the mornings and then either work experience or excursions in the afternoons. They usually have full day excursions at the weekend although some groups have Sunday free to spend with the host family. We pay higher rates for summer groups than in low season, as low-season groups are generally on school trips with very limited budgets.

How many students do I host?

Most groups are housed in 2s and 3s. Students can share a room but not a bed. They do not necessarily require their own bathroom. Some groups are housed individually. You can have students from another country staying at the same time as long as they speak a different language but not from the same country. They are here to speak English!

What does the host family do?

Host families offer a friendly, caring environment for their group students during their stay. They provide breakfast (what your family would have eg cereal, toast) packed lunch and evening meal. Where possible, hosts should try and eat their evening meal with the students as this is the student’s opportunity to practise their English.

What do you expect from hosts?

Host families should be above all friendly and caring and willing to welcome students into their home.

Do I need to drive students around?

The host family collects their student(s) on arrival from a central location (in Winchester this is the Winchester Hotel) and drops them on departure. Other than that, the students are responsible for getting themselves to and from activities. We ask that hosts clearly show students how to get to their lessons (draw a map, take them to the bus stop) and home. If you are able to give students occasional lifts at times when public transport if limited, that would be great but you are not required to. The exception to this is hosts who do not live in town or near a convenient train station. You will need to ferry at times when the bus timetable is not a good fit. If you have no public transport,we will need to ask you to ferry your students.

Who can host?

Our Host families can be families with children at home, families where children have left home, couples, or single women. Single fathers may be suitable if they have children living at home with them.

Full immersion students (Adults in Winchester, Juniors in Winchester & area (including Petersfield)

Full immersion students come individually or sometimes in 2s. They will have lessons with a teacher (usually 1:1) in your home for 3-6 hours every day and then spend the rest of their time (including weekends) with the family. They can be adults or children. As some of these students are as young as 11 years old, they need more supervision than group students. We always try to carefully match these students to their hosts, especially junior students, whom we place with families with similar aged children with similar interests. Like group students, they need 3 meals a day and their own room. There should not be any foreign students staying in the house at the same time as a full immersion student. The expectations from hosts of full immersion students are obviously higher in terms of time spent with families and participation in family life. Rates paid are considerably higher than for group students.

School year/term students

We also organise for students to attend secondary schools and 6th-form colleges. For these long-stay students we need a small number of hosts in various locations in Hampshire, Dorset and surrounding counties.

So would you like to register?

Please click here, and once we have received your registration form we will be in touch. You are not making any sort of commitment to host by registering, and you can let us know any time if you decide against.

We visit all our hosts prior to placing students with them. Once we have accepted you as a host, we will contact you from time to time – usually by email or text – with details of students we need to place. There is never any obligation to accept students, but once you have accepted a booking we ask you please to honour that commitment, unless you have a major problem that makes hosting impossible.

We look forward to having you host for us!

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What is it like to host?

"We are the Lyle family and we have hosted students for 6 years.

We feel it is a great experience for our girls, who love meeting the new students and hearing about how they live in their country.

The students bring gifts of pasta and sauce – in case we don't have such things in England!

I would recommend hosting. Even though I work during the day, I still have to provide a meal for my family in the evening so a few extra mouths is really no effort – in fact we eat better in hosting weeks as I am more focused - and it is all paid for by English Naturally!!" Nikki Lyle

Contact us

English Naturally
Unit 19
City Business Centre
Hampshire UK SO23 7TA

Tel: +44 (0)1962 859700