Most language school students stay in host families or homestays, but apartments, residences and studios are becoming increasingly popular as well. These minimum requirements are for students aged 16+.
• The bedroom must be suitably furnished with a bed and adequate storage space, lighting, chair and desk. If there is no desk in the student’s room, a private and appropriate work/study area must be available in the home.
• The room should be appealing, with natural light, and the furniture should be in good condition.
• The room must be for the student’s, or sharing students’, private use (i.e. not a room also used by the family).
• Ideally, students should be accommodated as the only native speaker. Member schools should advise their clients of their policies in this regard.
• Member schools should advise their clients of their policies regarding the possible number of students accommodated in households.
• If the student has booked half board, the main meal of the day should be taken with the family and should consist of a least two courses (e.g. main course and salad or main course and dessert).
• Meals should vary throughout the week.
• Rooms, common areas, kitchen and bathroom must be clean.
• The bathroom should be in a good state of cleanliness and repair and students should be allowed a minimum of one bath or shower daily.
• Linen and towels must be changed on a regular basis.
• Families should talk to the students as much as possible.
• During winter in colder climates, heating must be available.
• Distance to school should not exceed more than 30 minutes on foot or by public transport (1 hour in cities).
• Families and their homes must be known to the school staff or to their appointed accommodation agent.
• Families must be inspected prior to the first placement. There must be a stringent evaluation and monitoring scheme involving re-inspection at regular intervals or on an "as needs" basis.
• The standard of the families must be monitored by a questionnaire to students.
• Students’ wishes and needs, such as non-smoking/smoking, allergies, vegetarian food, etc., must be taken into account as far as reasonably possible.
• Address and telephone number of the family.
• Updated information on family members (profession, age, etc.)
• Travel information: How can the student get there by public transport?
• Where practical, a map on which the nearest public transport, the house of the family and the school are marked.
• Distance to school.
• An emergency telephone number in case any kind of problem arises on arrival.
• Information on how to get from the family to the school.
• Clear rules / do's and don'ts
• Accommodation must be clean.
• The rooms should be appealing and the furniture should be in good condition and not too old.
• Toilets and bathrooms should be in good state of repair (no mould etc.)
• There should be a person in charge of regular cleaning, except where the students are responsible for cleaning, e.g. flat-sharing in some locations.
• Clear fire regulations and procedure for residential accommodation.
• Adequate security.
• Clear guidelines.
• Hotels must be clean and the service should be good.
• The rooms should be appealing and the furniture in good condition.
• Unless otherwise requested, hotels should have a minimum of two stars.
• The rooms should be ensuite with the bathrooms in a good state of repair.
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