Do you have a spare room in your house? Are you interested in people from other countries? We are always looking for friendly individuals or families to host our students. Length of stay varies from as little as 2 weeks in the summer to one year. Students usually enrol for 8 weeks at a time, but may re-enrol, and will often opt to stay with the same host family.

General requirements

You must be able to:

  • provide a furnished room with bed, desk, closet, window, heating and lighting.
  • provide meals according to the student programme requirements:
    self-catering accommodation – no meals provided
    standard half-board accommodation: 2 meals per day, breakfast and dinner
    superior full-board accommodation – 3 meals per day, breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • have time to spend with the students giving them the opportunity for conversation.
  • be available to host a student during the summer
  • live within 45 minutes of Haymarket by public transport
If you’d like to find out more about becoming a host family for the Caledonian Language School students, please:
  • complete and return the contact form or
  • complete and return by e-mail or post the Accommodation Questionnaire or
  • call on 0131 229 2988.

Download the Accommodation form

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What happens next? When you have completed the Accommodation Questionnaire, our Accommodation Officer, will arrange to come and see you in your home. She will need to see the room where the student will stay, and other common areas in the house. She may ask to take photographs. For safeguarding purposes, you’ll need to tell us everyone who lives in the house, and we will ask you to sign a declaration stating that you have no offences.

When the administration has been completed, the accommodation officer will contact you, if we have a student who seems suitable for you. We try to give you as much notice as possible, but from time to time, we do get last-minute bookings. We also understand that your circumstances may change, family members may move back in with your unexpectedly etc, so please keep us informed of any changes.