Institutions - Why HOST?

Interested in joining HOST?

Not about studying, not about socialising with other international students, not about tourism, HOST offers something memorably different.

HOST is a network of volunteer hosts across the UK, whose wish is to give your students a warm welcome and a unique personal experience of the British way of life.

A short HOST visit enables students to:

HOST visits give students a ‘highlight’ experience which colours their attitude to the UK forever.


Malay student with a horse

What can HOST do for you?

HOST runs a hospitality scheme on your behalf and with minimal trouble to you. Through our office and voluntary regional organisers in all parts of the UK, we will match your students with suitable approved hosts, and offer them invitations for day, weekend or Christmas visits.

A HOST visit can help your students to settle, thereby improving the conditions leading to academic success. And they will return home with an even greater sense of satisfaction about their time at your institution.


What does it cost?

Institutions which choose to join HOST pay an annual subscription relative to their size. We then provide all publicity materials, and can arrange for representatives to attend your orientation and other events to talk to students about HOST.

Thanks to the generosity of our hosts, HOST visits are free. But to help with our administration costs, there is an application fee. Some institutions pay this fee for their students; others pass part or all of it on to the students themselves.

Where students are paying a fee, the money can be collected by the university, or directly by HOST.

The current application fee is £50 + VAT for weekend and Christmas visits; £30 + VAT for day visits.

In terms of your staff time, we require an appropriate person to be designated to authorise each application on receipt of our emailed request. This means confirming that the applicant is registered as a full-time student in your institution. We will also notify this person if an authorised applicant is failing to respond to us.



Some Comments on the HOST programme

HOST provides students with a really valuable, unique cultural experience that cannot be gained just from travelling. Many of the students have praised the scheme and been grateful for the warmth and generosity of their hosts, and said they would recommend it to other students.”

Polly Penter , ISA for Kings College London


HOST is a fantastic service enabling international students to experience British life outside of their normal student environment. HOST UK makes the experience so much easier for institutions to subscribe by their excellent service to both International Student Advisers and students themselves. We subscribe for our students to enjoy the massive benefits from the HOST experience and administering the service is made simple for us by HOST UK. We have received entirely positive feedback from our students that have been on visits and the feedback reports that they have learned and gained so much in terms of life in the UK from the HOST experience

Tim Rhodes , ISA for the University of Leeds


HOSTUK provide fantastic opportunities for International Students to meet and stay with families in Northern Ireland. Each visit is a learning experience for both the host family and the student and our students benefit from experiencing British life and culture. These opportunities are so important especially at Christmas and Easter when students may not be in a position to travel home and may not have the usual support structures of family, friends and home.

Tuathla O'Brien, ISA for Queen's University Belfast