A member of staff from our office will usually contact you during the week to arrange a suitable time to visit. You will be given a 90-minute time slot for the visit, so please make sure that you are at home when the Homestay Manager arrives. If for any reason we are unable to visit at the time arranged, we will contact you in advance.
Home visits are an important part of the application process. You may still have many questions to ask at this stage so it’s the perfect opportunity for us to answer them. There are a few things that need to be considered when deciding your suitability to become a host with us:
When we visit we may take photographs of the bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living/communal room(s). These photographs will be used by our team when matching students with hosts. We build a Host Profile with a description and photographs of the accommodation so that students have a clear idea of what to expect when they arrive. You can see an example of one of our Host Profiles here
Rest assured we will never publish photos of your home on any website or promotional material without first asking your permission. Your personal information will not be given to any third parties.
During the visit we will conduct a Fire Risk Assessment of your home – it’s highly unlikely that you have carried out one of these before if you’re new to hosting students, so we will help you to complete this.
You can find out more about Fire Risk Assessment here.
We will also ask to see and take a copy of your most recent Gas Safety Certificate, issued within the last 12 months. If you do not already have one, we can help you to get that too.
We aim to provide you with all the information you need to help you decide whether becoming a homestay host is right for you.
After the visit, you will be sent a confirmation email letting you know whether you have been accepted as a host with Warm Welcome Homestays. Once the application is accepted we then need to complete registration. In order to do this we need:
When all the necessary paperwork has been received, we will be delighted to start placing students with you. Please bear in mind though that even if you are accepted as a host/host family, we may not be able to place students with you straightaway. This could be due to one of the following factors: