Homestay Accommodation: Meet a Host Family

We arrange homestay accommodation for students on our General English and summer school courses. Today we’d like to introduce one of our host families so you can learn a little bit more about what it’s like to stay in a homestay.

Get to know one of our homestay hosts: Mike & Roz

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Tell us a bit about yourselves.

Mike works as an IT Manager at Cambridge University and his interests include local politics and football. Roz enjoys machine embroidery & textiles, gardening, baking and spending time in the countryside.

We have two grown-up children: Hannah, who is 21 years old and lives in London, and Jack, who is 20 and is reading Chemistry at Hull University. We also have two cats, Cocoa & Binks and two chickens, Bluebelle & Sprout!

How long have you been hosting students?

We have been hosting students for Select English for around 14 years, and we previously hosted students in Canterbury for about 6 years.

How many students have stayed with you and which countries have they come from?

We have hosted around 50 students, including shorter stay summer students. They have come from all over the world including China, Japan, Russia, Siberia, Brazil, Kazakhstan, United Arab Emirates, Spain, Italy and Austria.

Could you describe some of the meals you prepare for your students?

We always ask if there are any foods the students don’t like to eat and keep a list on the fridge of meals they have really enjoyed for future reference. Meals may include:
English roast dinner
Chicken satay
Chicken fajitas
Pizza & salad
Fresh fruit & yogurt (for breakfast)

And finally, what do you enjoy about hosting?

It has been a wonderful experience for my children to meet students from so many countries while they were growing up. We enjoy helping the students to make the most of their stay in Cambridge and learning about their country and culture.

For more information about the accommodation we offer, click here.