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Accommodation at Hildestone College

Most students choose to stay in homestay accommodation. This offers excellent value for money and also means you can continue to practise your English, as well as discover more about life in Britain. All our homestay hosts are caring and will treat you as a member of the family.

We will do our best to place you in homestay accommodation which matches your individual needs and requirements. The majority of homestays are within walking distance of the College (30 minutes maximum).

If you are placed in accommodation which is further away, we will provide you with a free bus pass, giving you unlimited travel in the local area.

Our homestay accommodation includes:

  • your own bedroom
  • a place for you to study
  • breakfast and dinner on weekdays (Monday to Friday)
  • breakfast, lunch and dinner at weekends (Saturday and Sunday)
  • a light laundry service

Homestay accommodation fees

2019 - £144 per week

  • You should plan to arrive on the day before your course start date (usually Sunday) between late morning and early evening, and depart on the day after your course end date (usually Saturday) before midday.
  • There is a charge of £20 for arrivals between 22.30 and midnight. Please do not plan to arrive later than midnight.
  • Up to 2 extra nights' accommodation is charged at £30 per night, and is subject to availability.
Hilderstone College Accommodation

At Hilderstone College we believe all of our students should have a safe, comfortable and happy homestay experience. This is especially important for students under the age of 18.

Hilderstone College has a comprehensive 'Safeguarding Policy' to protect all students. As part of this, every homestay hosting a student under the age of 18 is visited annually, and will have completed a 'Children's Act' declaration. The principal householder for the homestay will have undergone an 'Enhanced DBS' check.

For all students under the age of 18 we must receive a Consent form completed by a parent or legal guardian and outlining specific College requirements for students under the age of 18.

We recommend that students stay in homestay accommodation to gain the most from their experience in Broadstairs. However, we understand that some students may prefer to arrange their own accommodation.

Broadstairs is a popular holiday destination and there is a range of hotels and guest houses both in and near the town. You can click on the link for a list of hotels and guest houses on the official local tourism website: Visit Thanet.

The College does not monitor hotel and guesthouse accommodation and is unable to make recommendations. Please contact us for further information.

Some students at Hilderstone College prefer to organise their own accommodation. We are happy to provide information to help you with this, but please remember the following when deciding whether to organise your own accommodation:

  • Your homestay host will provide you with your meals, wash your clothes and enable you to continue to practise your English.
  • In your own accommodation you will usually be responsible for paying your own bills for things such as: gas, electricity, TV licence, water and local tax (Council Tax).
  • You will normally be required to pay a large deposit and one or two months' rent in advance.
  • The accommodation may not offer things such as furniture or internet access.

Accommodation agencies and websites:

Important: If you do choose to organise your own accommodation you must tell the College your address and notify us immediately if you change address.

Do you live in Broadstairs and have a spare bedroom available? Would you like to share your culture and experiences with others whilst also learning about theirs? If so, why not host a student with Hilderstone College?

Hilderstone is a state further education college which has offered quality English language and teacher-training courses since 1970.

The experience is enriching and rewarding for both students and hosts alike. Students benefit hugely from conversing in English in a relaxed, natural situation, such as after college or over dinner. As a Hilderstone College host you will receive full support from our experienced and caring team. The College is also proud to pay its host families amongst the highest rates in Kent.

The benefits of hosting

  • The chance to meet students from around the world
  • Experiencing different cultures and traditions
  • The opportunity to share your own traditions and customs
  • Full support, guidance and advice from the College
  • Very competitive rates and prompt fortnightly payment
  • Work with a high-quality British Council/IALC accredited college

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