Need somewhere to stay?

Connect International English Academy can help you to find accommodation in Cardiff while you study with us.

Accommodation options

Homestay accommodation

Staying in a homestay can be a valuable part of your language course. The homestay host welcomes you into their home and gives you somewhere friendly and comfortable to live during your stay in Cardiff.

We do our best to choose a suitable homestay host based on the information you give us, but if you do not feel happy, please tell us and, if necessary, we will change your homestay host.

What is homestay?

Perhaps the best way to learn about life here in the UK and be able to practise your English is to live with English speakers in homestay accommodation. You stay with an approved host at their home in the Cardiff area.

Homestay is very popular with our international students; whether they are planning to study for just a few weeks or up to a whole year.

Who are homestay hosts and where do they live?

Homestay hosts can be:

A single person living on their own

A single person living with their children

A couple living together with no children

A couple living together with children

Cardiff is a large city. It's normal for students to travel up to 40 minutes each way to and from Connect by public transport. It is not usually possible to find homestay accommodation within walking distance of the academy.

Our accommodation officer visits each home and monitors hosts to make sure that high standards of safety, cleanliness and security are maintained.

If you are interested in becoming a homestay host, then please contact us: info@connect-english.co.uk

Homestay costs

The cost for half-board (breakfast and evening meal) is £120 per week.

You will need to pay four weeks' in advance prior to the booking being confirmed. This payment is non-refundable and includes the first four weeks' homestay fees. Fees are then paid on a four-weekly basis and are paid to Connect.

Please note that homestay fees are paid in addition to course fees.

What you can expect

You can expect the following:

A bedroom (no more than two students of the same sex will be in one bedroom unless specifically requested in writing by the students, their agent, parents or legal guardians).

A comfortable and adequately-sized bed.

Adequate heating and natural light.

A supply of bed linen (changed weekly).

Adequate drawers and wardrobe/hanging space for your clothes.

One machine load of washing per week.

A desk for you to study at.

Access to a bath/shower every day.

Clean towels every week.

Breakfast and an evening meal (half-board basis).

English to be the only language of communication within the homestay.

No more than four students to be in the homestay at one time.

To not be with any other students that speak the same language as you (unless by special arrangement and with the permission of both students and their parents/guardians or agents).

Special dietary requirements are available on request. Please inform the academy at the time of booking.

How to book

All students who request homestay accommodation must complete the application form below and send it to Connect two weeks in advance of their arrival in the UK .

Homestay accommodation request form

A payment of £480 must be paid in advance prior to the booking being confirmed. This payment is non-refundable and includes the first four weeks' homestay fees. Fees are then paid on a four-weekly basis and paid to Connect. You do not pay fees to your homestay provider.

Please note that homestay fees are paid in addition to course fees.

Student halls

Although Connect International English Academy does not have its own halls of residence, Cardiff has lots of purpose-built residential student accommodation run by private companies. We have information on some of these, but cannot make bookings for you.

You can get details of vacancies, prices and download an application form from their websites. The ones in the city centre are very popular and are always busy so it's important to book early with them. 

When you are comparing prices, check the contract period – the number of weeks in the year you must pay for – (this is often more than the number of weeks you will be living there).

Some of the most popular student halls in Cardiff are: 

Accommodation for Students

Liberty Living

 

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