Homestay accommodation is for students looking to stay with local, host families.
There is no Homestay service operated by the University of Reading or the Students’ Union. If you want to consider this option, you would need to look for an external supplier. A search on the internet can provide details of websites which match host families with people looking for homestay accommodation.
Some things consider when looking at Homestay:
- The location of the homestay may not be as convenient, as it is likely that they will be offered all over Reading and the surrounding area: therefore, you will need to factor in the cost of travel as well as accommodation.
- You will be expected to pay rent which will include bills but is unlikely to include use of the telephone.
- You are likely to be considered as an ‘excluded occupier’ or ‘lodger’ which give you less rights and protection from eviction than in other private renting situations.
If you would like further advice or to speak with somebody in person then a Students’ Union Adviser may be able to help. The specialist advisers offer a confidential service, independent from the University so they can discuss your case with you in private. RUSU Advice Service offers a Tenancy Agreement Checking Service, where an Adviser will look through your tenancy agreement, discuss terms or conditions and highlight any unfair terms or responsibilities that you may need to be aware of prior to signing the contract.