Homestay Accommodation

Over 85% of our students have homestay accommodation. It is the best way to meet people, practise your English and discover more about our culture.

There are some very special points about living in our region:

  • The people are famous for their hospitality and have time to talk to you.
  • The standard of our homestay accommodation is excellent. We are the only year-round British Council accredited school in Chester and set high standards for our homestay hosts.
  • The cost of living is a little lower than in the south of England (for details see here).

Homestays provide breakfast and dinner every day. You will have your own room, furnished with a bed, and storage, and your host will provide clean bed linen and towels every week. You will be able to use a desk or table in your room/the house to do your homework. Homestays will also do a reasonable amount of laundry for you each week. Adult students will be given a key to their house. You will be treated as a member of the family during your stay.

The majority of our homestays have shared bathrooms. We have a small selection of homestays with private bathrooms, which can be requested by clients at The Language Training Centre or mature students on short courses.

All of our homestays are located in Chester. The maximum distance is 6.5 kms from the school and the city centre. There are few hosts living in the city centre. Some students will be able to walk to school in approximately 20 minutes and others will need to catch a bus. The main bus station in Chester is in the city centre and is a 15-minute walk from English in Chester. A bus ticket is approximately £2.50 for a return journey for an adult. You can also buy weekly tickets (£11 - £15) on the bus which can be more economical.

Our Student Services Manager is always available for you to speak to about your accommodation. We will ensure that you are happy with your homestay as it is such an important part of your overall experience.

Homestay Accommodation Rates

Accommodation Type Half Board
(breakfast and dinner, per week)
Bed & Breakfast
(per week)
2021 2021
Homestay with shared bathroom £142.00 single
£124.00 shared*
£114.00 single
£99.00 shared*
Homestay with private bathroom
(only for mature students on short courses)
£217.00 single
£167.00 shared*
£177.00 single
£137.00 shared*

* Shared prices are per person. Please note that students on adult courses normally request single rooms. Shared rooms are only available for students at the school who request to stay together. If shared accommodation is requested but is not available a single room will be booked and students charged at the single room rate.

Prices are per week with arrival on a Sunday and departure on a Saturday. For a Saturday arrivals / Sunday departures there is a pro-rata charge per night.

For an early departure 50% of one week's fees will be charged unless 7 days' notice is given.

On all the above rates there is a weekly supplement of £30.00 for students who require a special diet e.g. celiac, lactose intolerance, vegan, nut allergy.

There is a Christmas supplement of £50.00 for lunches on 25/26 December.

If students want to leave luggage with the homestay during periods away from the school there is a charge of 40% of one week's fees to retain the room.

Apply to become a homestay

If you would like to host an English in Chester student please click on the button below for our host application form.

Apply to become a host

Ian & Jane

We always interact with our students and make them feel at home. During your visit, our house is your home so relax and I hope you enjoy your stay with us.

Susan & Alan

We like to make our students feel part of the family, giving them the independence they want but the support they need when the time arrives.


I love meeting people from all around the world and having lots of chats and discussions over dinner. It’s really nice to see students make a marked improvement in their language skills while they’re in Chester.