Become a HomeStay Host

The Host is at the heart of the HomeStay experience – it’s more than just renting out a spare room. Hosts open up their home to our students and welcome them into their family. The most important part of being a host is the ability to provide a supportive, welcoming and caring environment.

Are you interested in becoming a host? Can you provide:

  • a spare bedroom with storage,
  • a desk space or access to a quiet area suitable for study and;
  • shared common living spaces such as your kitchen and living room?

Becoming a HomeStay Host is similar to taking in a lodger; and you will be required to comply with the relevant government legislation including having a valid Gas Safety certificate. As an incentive to encourage more homeowners to take in lodgers, the UK Government introduced the Rent a Room scheme, allows you to earn a tax-free rental income of up to £7500 a year.

The HomeStay service

The University's HomeStay team will guide you through the government requirements and will conduct all right-to-rent checks on your behalf. HomeStay membership, paid in three termly instalments provides a number of benefits to take much of the stress out of becoming a Host. Our team will:

  • guide you through the University’s requirements and visit your property to meet you, write your listing and photograph the bedroom and shared areas,
  • list your HomeStay property on Accommodation in Bristol,
  • check all prospective Residents for Right-to-Rent on your behalf,
  • match your requirements with our student applicants,
  • arrange introductory meetings for prospective residents,
  • manage your listing and re-advertise should a booking not work out,
  • support you with advice throughout your booking.

In addition, University of Bristol HomeStay provide all Hosts with the following:

  • lodger agreement,
  • house rules,
  • support information.

Find out more and become a Host

If you’d like to apply, please email

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