Which type of accommodation is right for you – homestay vs residences

Choosing which kind of accommodation can be a crucial decision when booking your language course. Studying abroad often means moving away from family and friends to a totally new country and culture. This can be a very daunting experience especially for those students who have little travel experience. Finding a home environment where you feel safe and comfortable can be just as important as choosing the right course. As all our students are different, LSI offers a range of accommodation to suit our students’ varying needs. Here we give a  few pointers to the benefits of  the two most popular types of accommodation that we offer. Use this as a guide in making the right choice for you.

The Benefits of Homestay

  • No hidden additional costs incurred (food, laundry etc. all included)
  • Living within a family environment offers more opportunities to practice your English
  • Increased opportunity to learn about the local culture and sample the traditional cuisine
  • Host families constantly available to give advice and support. Many students remain friends with their host families long after they have returned home.
  • The comforts and space of living in real home

The Benefits of Residences

  • Increased independence
  • Frequently living with students your own age who may even be studying at LSI. Many of them may have experienced the same issues that you will face when you first arrive and will be able to provide advice and support
  • Residences are usually more centrally located often reducing travelling costs/time to the school
  • The opportunity to prepare your own foods

We find that many students initially book a homestay which can provide that extra support you might need when you first arrive. However many, once they have found their feet in their new ‘home’ country, decide to move to shared flats with fellow students or move to one of our residences. At all stages of a student’s stay with us our accommmodation officers are always available to give advice and help you to make the right choice for you. We offer detailed accommodation brochures for each country where are schools are located:  LSI accommodation in the UK, LSI accommodation in the USA, LSI accommodation in Canada, LSI accommodation in New Zealand, LSI accommodation in Australia, LSI accommodation in France, LSI accommodation in Germany and LSI accommodation in Switzerland.