Living in a homestay has many advantages. Most importantly, you have the chance to practise English throughout your stay, and to make friends with English people.

We choose our homestays very carefully, both for the facilities they have to offer and, more especially, their abilities to give you the warmth and welcome of a "home from home".

Your homestay will treat you as a full member of the household, eating together and sharing the common living areas. You are provided with a single room, or shared room if required, a quiet place for study, breakfast and evening meals during the week and full board (all meals) at the weekends.

NOTE: Under British Council regulations, "homestay" has a maximum of three students. If there are more than three, the accommodation is classed as a "private home" and, "there may be less direct contact with the host(s)". In both homestay and private home accommodation laundry and Internet access are at the families' discretion; a small charge may therefore be payable. If for any reason those facilities aren't available, there are launderettes and Internet cafés situated on the main high street. We carefully consider the information you give us about yourself on the enrolment form when trying to find the right family for your needs.

It is important to know whether you like young children or pets, smoke, have any allergies or a medical condition, or require a special diet.

As the school is situated in a residential area, most homestays are within easy walking distance. During busy periods, some of the accommodation may be further away.

Please remember, you choose the type of accommodation you want. If you prefer to be the only student, or to have the companionship of other students, this can usually be arranged. There will be no other students of the same mother-tongue as you.

Shared Room

Shared room is available only for friends, married couples etc.

Executive Homestay

Superior homestay is available at a higher cost, in a single room, either en-suite or with private access to a bathroom. The accommodation is situated within easy walking distance of the school. Meals include breakfast and main meal every day, with a further light meal on Saturday and Sunday. There is free use of internet facilities.

Student Houses (Self-Catering)

BEET owns a number of typical family houses, which have been converted for student use. During the summer, we rent additional houses normally used by the university.

Accommodation is mostly in a single room, although most houses also have a twin and a double room. There is normally a maximum of five or six students living in one house. In summer, this could increase to eight students.

Shared facilities include the living room with television and DVD player, a kitchen-diner, washing machine and a shower and bathroom. Most houses also have a garden, usually with a barbecue.

The shared facilities are cleaned regularly, but you are responsible for your own room.

Nearly all the houses are within easy walking distance of the school. During busy periods, some of the houses may be further away.

Summer Accommodation

BEET now has a number of brand new, en-suite apartments available for the summer season, all within easy walking distance of the school. For more information contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wireless Internet

All houses owned by the school have free use of wireless. Some rented houses may have wireless, but this is not guaranteed.

Rules for Student House

It is important to remember this is a shared house in a residential neighbourhood. We ask students to respect the wishes and privacy of other people in the house, and to have consideration and respect for their neighbours. Whilst we want our students to feel at home during their stay, there are house rules that need to be observed:

It is not permitted to have parties or large gatherings in the house or in the garden. The maximum number of guests permitted in the house is three, who must leave by midnight. If a friend or relative wishes to stay, the school must be notified. An extra charge may be made. Anyone who allows a guest to sleep in the house without the knowledge of the school will be asked to leave the house.

Smoking is NOT permitted anywhere in the house.

BEET Accommodation

Airport Transfers

There is an excellent coach service between London Heathrow Airport and Bournemouth, under 2 hours. From London Gatwick, you need first to travel to Heathrow. Transfers from other London airports can involve a journey of several hours.

Please note that many European countries have flights direct into Bournemouth Airport (15 minutes from BEET) and Southampton Airport (45 minutes from BEET).

For details, see:

BEET can also arrange transfers by private car from any airport.

Personal Expenses

You should allow reasonable pocket money to cover visits and excursions, weekday lunches, refreshments, entertainment and personal expenses, including travel inside Britain. Research amongst our students suggests that the average weekly spend is about the same as the weekly rate for homestay accommodation in the low season.

If you would like further information, please ask for our COST OF LIVING information sheet.

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