Life in Britain can be quite different from home, and our Homestay option offers students a welcoming, friendly and family environment in which to adjust to life in the UK. Homestay students live with carefully chosen British families who live close to the College. Some Homestay families host more than one student. Students aged 16 and under must stay in Homestay.
Our Homestay family houses are situated throughout the local area but are mainly located in South Coventry and Kenilworth. Students travel to and from the College each day on our own College Minibus by our NatMatSci College Driver Steve.
Homestay students are welcomed into the family homes and are expected to take part fully in family life. Students can expect comfortable houses, with space for relaxing, socialising and eating with their Homestay Parents. All meals, except weekday lunches, are provided by the Homestay Families. These include a varied range of hot and cold meals. Students are expected to eat evening meals with their Homestay Families and often enjoy helping out with the cooking.
Each student has an individual, private study bedroom which includes a desk for working. Bed linen, duvet, pillow, and towels are provided for students at the start of the year. The rooms provide a calm and comfortable space for students to study and live independently, within a family-style environment.
Bed linen and towels are changed on a weekly basis.
Students can launder their personal items using the facilities provided in their homes.
Parents can be confident that their children will be living in safe, secure and comfortable accommodation.
Students must have permission from their Homestay parents to leave home outside of normal College hours. With permission, students are able to explore Coventry and the surrounding area, always ensuring that Homestay parents are aware of where they are, who they are with and what time they will return home.
Sunday – Thursday 10pm
Friday – Saturday 11pm
These are the curfews, strongly recommended by the College for Homestay students.
Support & Guardianship
Homestay Parents are an important part of our students’ lives in the UK. They are employed by Sutherland Education to offer a supportive, nurturing and caring environment for students so that they feel comfortable approaching their Homestay Parents with any questions, concerns or issues they may have.
Sutherland Education is the legally contracted education guardian of the Homestay students for the duration of their studies with us. Sutherland Education takes meticulous care to visit and vet every new host family and guardian, to ensure that each family is referenced, and DBS checked.
The Sutherland Regional Coordinator is in charge of the groups of NatMatSci Homestay Parents and makes regular visits to the homes throughout the academic year to ensure that both students and Homestay Families are working well together.
Our Pastoral Coordinator is responsible for communication between the College and Homestay families with regard to student welfare, health, academic progress, and personal and social development.