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Becoming a Homestay Provider

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Celtic English Academy is always looking for friendly and welcoming homestay providers to host our international students.

Did you know that if you let furnished rooms in your home, you can receive up to £7,500 a year tax-free per household through the government’s Rent a Room scheme?

Do you have a spare room?

You might be interested in hosting an international student.
Each year Celtic English Academy welcomes students from over 50 different countries. Hosting an international student is a great way of getting to know more about other countries and cultures. We believe that hosting should be a positive and rewarding intercultural experience for both the student and the host.

Our homestay co-ordinators will assist you during your experience

We have dedicated homestay co-ordinators who work hard to place our students with the most suitable hosts. They help ensure that the homestay experience is a pleasant and enjoyable one for both the student and the host.

Why should I become a homestay provider?

  • You can receive up to £7,500 a year tax-free per household through the government’s Rent a Room scheme.

  • You can enjoy an intercultural experience. Share the British culture with an international student and learn about their culture at the same time.

  • You can become a part of the Celtic community of homestay providers across the Cardiff and Penarth area.

Watch this Cardiff Live special about our homestay experiences

What do I need to provide to be a homestay provider?

You will also need to make sure that your home complies with any other Health and Safety requirements and to complete all the required paperwork. Our homestay coordinators will be able to advise you about this.

Application Process

  • If you would like to apply to be a homestay provider, you will need to complete and return our application form and all relevant paperwork.

  • We will follow up applications with a visit to your home to introduce ourselves. This will also be an opportunity for us to answer any questions that you may have about the homestay experience.

  • We will also check that your home meets the standards for hosting an international student.

  • Celtic English Academy is committed to safeguarding the health and wellbeing of all its students and will conduct relevant checks, such as DBS.

  • We will support you by providing training which you are required to take part in before hosting.

Please read our Homestay Guidelines and our Homestay Guidelines for under 18s before making an application. The guidelines contain lots of important information about what you can expect to gain from hosting.

Contact us


If you have any questions at all, please contact one of our Accommodation Officers.


[email protected]

+44 (0) 2920 344805

+44 (0) 7435 140327

Apply to become a homestay provider

If hosting an international student is something you would like to do, we would love to hear from you! Please complete this initial enquiry form to register your interest in becoming a Homestay Provider. A member of the Celtic team will then be in touch with you.

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