Hosting foreign students is a relatively foolproof way of earning extra cash without too much hassle. It’s one of the better-paid side-hustles All you need is a clean friendly home with at least 1 spare bedroom for the students to stay in.
Students can usually be either long term or short term depending on your current situation. In nearly every town in the UK, there is a foreign language school, and they are always looking for host families.
I’m sure a fair few of you either know someone that has hosted students and had a bad
I am the last person you would expect to let foreign students stay in my home. However, when my wife and I brought our new house, we always excepted that for the first 3 or 4 years while our mortgage was expensive, we would need to have a guaranteed extra income, and hosting students was the way.
Our Hosting Routine
So let me tell you how my wife and I got on over the 4 years we had students. Firstly we made contact with a student exchange program running near where we live. The lady who ran it popped to our home and talked us through it all. She had a brief look around our house, just checking to make sure it was suitable.
After that, we managed to find bunk beds online for a good price, as hosting with 2 students in 1 room we could earn more money. The money we would be getting was £15 per night per student, or if they required lunches which most did it was £17 per night per student.
We usually picked them up on a Sunday eve around 7 pm and they would leave Thursday or
We supplied them with breakfast, which was just a selection of cereals and toast with different spreads, and a choice of 2 juices. Then gave them a packed lunch we had made the previous eve and dropped them off on the way to work.
In the evening my wife would pick them up on the way home from work. I would then throw something quick in the oven such as pizza and chips.
Usually, you won’t have students all year round which is good as it gives you a bit of a break. We hosted them from the middle of March through till July. Had august off as they didn’t come over then and then we had them September and early O
Tips & Tricks
So to say hosting foreign students is easy is not strictly true. There are some issues which my wife and I found throughout our time hosting.
- Make sure you have Google Translate installed on your phone.
Yes,they are predominantly here to learn English. You should encourage them with that, but sometimes, especially with the younger students,there are some language barriers. You will save so much time just translating what you want to say and showing them your phone.
- Food prep is crucial to saving you time. In the beginning, we would spend perhaps an hour making sandwiches, etc for their lunches. My best advice would be to get
pre-cutfood, so pre-cut rolls, pre-cut meat such as chicken, ham, etc. Make theirlunches while you have their dinner in the oven the night before then place in the fridge to keep them fresh.
- With any household there does need to be rules for the students to abide by, what rules you choose should be up to you, and what you feel comfortable with. We decided from the off that we would allow them wifi access as it gave us some peace and
quiet. Note: only do this if you have unlimited wifi. We also made sure they had showers in the evening as didn’twant our bathroom being off-limits in the morning while we were getting ready for work. Once your rules have been set google translate them and print them off in a host of languages and pin them in their room.
Take Them Out
- Now I dont mean spend money taking them out, that would negate the need for this article. What I mean is for some students they won’t be allowed out in the evening and this is a rule that will be decided by their school.
- If they are not allowed out on their own then it might be an idea to take them out for a walk around the local area. We are lucky enough to live by the sea so in the summer months, once they have had dinner, we usually took them for a walk along the seafront which they loved. It’s your choice though.
- My wife would drive the students to their drop off point every morning. I
wouldn’tleave for work until a few minutes later giving me time to check theirroom before I left, trust me when I say this is a good idea as you certainly dontwant to leave your house to go to work and find they have left hair straightenersturned on or your windows wide open. Please check their room before leaving the house.
So is hosting foreign students worth it??. Well, for us there were some annoying times and good ones.
Any questions revolving around hosting foreign students then feel free to ask away in the comments section or drop me an email and I would be happy to answer anything.