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 firstname.lastname@example.org