International Students and UK Hosts Welcome to HOST


Are you a newly-arrived international student?

Welcome to the UK! HOST hopes that you will really enjoy your stay in this country.

You will be busy now with a lot of different things to think about – finding your way around the university and the city; starting work; making new friends – and getting used to the British weather! Perhaps you are feeling a little homesick, or having a few difficulties with the language. This happens to almost every international student.

HOST is here for you, to help you feel more ‘at home’ in this country. Our friendly hosts are waiting to welcome you to their homes for a short visit. Spending a day or a weekend with a host family can make a big difference when you are new in the UK. You will learn a lot by taking part in our way of life, and your hosts will be interested in you, so you will not feel so far from home.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Are you interested in meeting international students?

HOST would love to make the introductions!

We are always looking for more volunteer hosts all over the country. Helping a student from another country to feel welcome is not just ‘a kind thing to do’. It is fun to share our way of life for a day or two, see ourselves with other eyes, explain the peculiarities of the English language, and the oddness of some of our customs.

We can also have our eyes opened and our interest in other countries and cultures fuelled by really getting to know someone from another part of the world. Hosting an international student is a brilliant way for children to learn, and is stimulating company for slightly older hosts too, as well as an excuse for a bit of sight-seeing in our own areas. 

International Students

You can experience the way of life in the UK as the guest of one of our friendly approved hosts who live in many different parts of Britain.

HOST promotes international friendship and understanding by arranging for international students at British universities to meet UK residents in their homes.

Interested in hosting?

HOST is always looking for friendly volunteers who would like to welcome one or two international students to their home for a day, weekend or Christmas visit. You do not need to live near a university.

Support us

HOST is an unusual charity, but like all voluntary organisations, we rely on support from people who appreciate the value of what we do. Please click read more below to find out more!

Work with us

HOST always has vacancies for volunteers, sometimes interns and occasionally a paid post is available. Click read more if this interests you!

The HOST Team

Meet the people who work for HOST

Contact us

Unit K106, The Biscuit Factory, Tower Bridge Business Complex, 100 Clements Road, Southwark, London, SE16 4DG


Tel: 0207739 6292


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