Frequently asked questions

Here are some of the questions that students have asked us about accommodation. Click on a question to see our answer. If you have a question that we have not included please contact us.

Do all students stay in a homestay?

Over 85% of our students have homestay accommodation. We recommend this. It is the best way to meet people, practise your English and discover more about our culture. It is possible for students aged 18+ to stay in a self-catering residence. You can also stay in a hotel, guest house or maybe a flat (although this can be more difficult to find). Some options can be more expensive than homestay accommodation.

What will my homestay be like?

We have all types of homestay accommodation, young couples with no children, families with young children or teenagers, older couples and some widows and single people. When we have booked your accommodation we will send you more details of your homestay telling you about their age, children, pets and hobbies.

What can I expect from my homestay?

You will have breakfast and an evening meal with your homestay every day. They will be happy to do a reasonable amount of personal washing for you. All towels and bed linen will be provided.

Will I have my own room?

All adult students have a single room unless they ask to share with a friend.

Will I be the only guest in the house?

Sometimes you will be the only guest, but some homestays have 2 and occasionally 3 students in their house.

What is the food like?

Because Britain is a multi-cultural country and because we travel overseas on holiday, our food is varied. Breakfast is usually cereal or toast and a hot drink, lunch is often something light such as a sandwich or a salad and the evening meal, usually eaten around 6pm, is the largest meal of the day and can consist of meat, fish, vegetables, with either pasta, rice or potatoes, depending on the family.

Can I change my homestay?

Yes, but the homestay is entitled to one week's notice.

How far is the homestay from the school?

Most homestays are within walking distance or a short (approximately 20/30-minute) bus ride from Chester. All hosts are within 6.5 kms of the school.

How do I get to school?

The homestay will tell or show you how to get to school. Most students walk or get a bus. The homestay will tell you the bus number you need.

Is there any self-catering accommodation?

English in Chester has links with different self-catering residences in Chester - click here for more details.

Will the school help me to book a guest house or a hotel?

We are happy to recommend guest houses or hotels in Chester and to send you the necessary details. English in Chester's partner hotel is the Express by Holiday Inn. English in Chester has special rates for students at this hotel. Click here for more information.

Student with hosts
Student at homestay
Express by Holiday Inn