Accommodation

LANGUAGE LINK LONDON DOES NOT DIRECTLY OPERATE AN ACCOMMODATION SERVICE

Upon your request, however, we will provide you with the contact details of accommodation booking agents that will assist you in finding the best accommodation solution for your needs. These agents work for external agencies specialized in language student accommodation solutions.

We primarily work with two leader accommodation agencies here in London: Britannia and Hosts International.

This page will help you better understand how accommodation for language students works in London and make the right choice according to your accommodation needs. 

London is an extremely busy city and a significant tourist destination, especially in the summer months (June-August). It is recommended to book at least 10 weeks in advance if you are planning to visit during this time and we recommend booking 6 weeks in advance at other times.

External Accommodation Service

We outsource our accommodation service to Britannia and Hosts International – the main agencies for student lettings in London. When mediating a student accommodation service with these external agencies, Language Link is acting in good faith and as the supplier’s agent. We do not accept any responsibility for the acts/defaults of third parties.

To modify or cancel accommodation bookings with these external service providers, you would need to respect their respective deadlines and these vary depending on the provider, type of accommodation, length of stay, and period of the year.

Please note: if, for any unforeseen circumstances (e.g. illness of your homestay host), it would become necessary to change your accommodation either before you arrive or once you are here, the accommodation agencies reserve the right to do this. These agencies will guarantee to provide accommodation for the period you have booked but not necessarily within the same accommodation for the whole period.

General Features:

Accommodations are booked and charged for from Sunday to Sunday or Saturday to Saturday for the duration of your course. Please consider that the prices listed on this page are only indicative and only refer to general categories.

In general, there are three main accommodation options – click on + to read more:

1. Homestay

This is the most popular accommodation type and one we strongly recommend to students visiting.

Staying with an English speaking host is not only a unique opportunity to help with your English studies but also a chance to learn about genuine British culture from British people.

Staying with British hosts is also generally more economical than buying and cooking for yourself (certainly more than eating at restaurants). As such many students look to make the most of this.

Homestays are divided into categories based on their distance to central London, the size of the room and overall quality of the house.

Please note that shared (Twin) rooms can only be booked for students in pairs (2 students per room) staying for the same dates and willing to share the same room.

In case you are dissatisfied with any one host, the accommodation agencies can arrange for you to move, you can find more details on changes or cancellations for accommodation on their websites:

Britannia and Hosts International

2. Self-Catered Accommodation

This is typically in rented apartments or student accommodation and will have an individual bedroom with a shared kitchen. This gives students a greater measure of independence but does tend to be a little greater in terms of costs.

3. Hotel

Prices for hotels can vary considerably

There are a large number of hotels very close to the school, although per night costs in central London can make this a difficult option for students on longer courses. A cheaper option are hotels farther out of the centre, most of which are well connected to the city centre.

Please note that the accommodation agencies do not cover hotel bookings.

Special requirements

Accommodation agents will always try their best to address any special requests specified in your accommodation application. However, fulfilling them may not always be possible, and therefore cannot be guaranteed. They will nevertheless keep in communication with you along the booking process and let you know. 

Smoking in Homestays: Nowadays many people do not smoke and homestay hosts do prefer no smoking within their own premises. Therefore, there might be fewer options if students wish to smoke in the homestay house. If you are happy to smoke outside in the host’s home, you can indicate this on your enrolment form.

Pets in Homestays: Many British homes have pets such as a cat or a dog. If you prefer not to be accommodated in a home with an animal, please indicate this on the enrolment form and the accommodation agents will do their best to accommodate any requirement.

Arriving at your Homestay: You are advised to contact your host with your arrival time prior to your arrival and you can do this by telephone, email or letter. This way you can be sure that your host will be ready to welcome you.

If you wish to extend your stay, please advise your accommodation agent as soon as possible. The agent will endeavour to arrange an extension for your preferred accommodation. Please consider that, as your room may already be booked for the following period, you may need to change room.

Booking and communicating desired changes as early as possible gives the accommodation agents the greatest chance to find the perfect accommodation for your needs.

ACCOMMODATION – INDICATIVE PRICES

HOMESTAY

 

from

£185

single room standard – bed & breakfast

 

from

£210

single room standard – half board

 

from

£170

twin room standard – bed & breakfast

 

from

£200

twin room standard – half board

 

from

£215

single room gold – bed & breakfast

 

from

£240

single room gold – half board

HOMESTAY: SUPPLEMENTS PER PERSON PER WEEK

 

add

£15

for any person under 18

 

add

£15

for special diet requirements

 

add

£15

for bookings over the Christmas period – 24/12-01/01

STUDENT RESIDENCE: RATES PER PERSON PER WEEK

 

from

£360

self-catering

HOTEL

 

 

 

prices depending on location

Accommodation: Cancellation Deadlines

Britannia and Hosts International  – the external agencies we outsource the accommodation service to – apply different cancellation deadlines depending on the accommodation option chosen and whether you are booking as an individual or as a group.

Britannia’s terms and conditions

Hosts International’s terms and conditions

 

Homestay
Individuals

Britannia:

A written notice of not less than 1 working week (within business hours: 9:00-17:30 – Monday to Friday) is required to modify or cancel bookings. Accommodation fees will be refunded minus the booking fees. 

Cancellations received less than 1 working week prior to arrival will incur a cancellation charge of 1 week, plus booking fee.

Hosts International:

A written notice of not less than 2 working weeks (within business hours: 9:00-17:30 – Monday to Friday) is required to modify or cancel bookings. Accommodation fees will be refunded minus the booking fees. 

If you fail to provide a notice in time, your accommodation fees will not be refunded.

Groups

Britannia:

A written notice of not less than 4 working weeks (within business hours: 9:00-17:30 – Monday to Friday) is required to modify or cancel bookings with homestay accommodation. Accommodation fees will be refunded minus the booking fees. 

Cancellations received less than 4 working weeks prior to arrival will incur a cancellation charge of 4 weeks, plus booking fee.

Hosts International:

A written notice of not less than 4 working weeks (within business hours: 9:00-17:30 – Monday to Friday) is required to modify or cancel bookings with homestay accommodation. Accommodation fees will be refunded minus the booking fees. 

If you provide notice not less than 2 working weeks before the start of your stay, 50% of your accommodation fees will be refunded.

if you provide notice less than 2 working weeks before the start of your stay, your accommodation fees will not be refunded.

Apartment Share
Individuals

A written notice of not less than 4 working weeks (within business hours: 9:00-17:30 – Monday to Friday) is required to modify or cancel bookings. Accommodation fees will be refunded minus the booking fees. 

Cancellations received less than 4 working weeks prior to arrival will incur a cancellation charge of 4 weeks, plus booking fee.

Hosts International:

A written notice of not less than 2 working weeks (within business hours: 9:00-17:30 – Monday to Friday) is required to modify or cancel bookings. Accommodation fees will be refunded minus the booking fees. 

If you fail to provide a notice in time, your accommodation fees will not be refunded.

Groups

Britannia:

A written notice of not less than 4 working weeks (within business hours: 9:00-17:30 – Monday to Friday) is required to modify or cancel bookings. Accommodation fees will be refunded minus the booking fees. 

Cancellations received less than 4 working weeks prior to arrival will incur a cancellation charge of 4 weeks, plus booking fee.

Hosts International:

A written notice of not less than 4 working weeks (within business hours: 9:00-17:30 – Monday to Friday) is required to modify or cancel bookings. Accommodation fees will be refunded minus the booking fees. 

If you provide notice not less than 2 working weeks before the start of your stay, 50% of your accommodation fees will be refunded.

if you provide notice less than 2 working weeks before the start of your stay, your accommodation fees will not be refunded.

Student Residence Accommodation
Individuals and Groups

Britannia:

For bookings shorter than 13 weeks

A written notice of not less than 4 working weeks (within business hours: 9:00-17:30 – Monday to Friday) is required to modify or cancel bookings. Accommodation fees will be refunded minus the booking fees. 

Year-round Halls of Residence: Cancellations received less than 4 weeks prior to arrival will incur a cancellation charge of 4 weeks, plus booking fee.

Summer Halls of Residence: Cancellations received less than 4 weeks prior to arrival will incur a charge of 4 weeks or equivalent to whole stay for shorter bookings

For bookings of 13 weeks or more:

Year-round Halls of Residence: For bookings of 13 weeks or more, once confirmed, cancellations received will incur a cancellation charge of 4 weeks, plus booking fee, and there will be no refund for cancellations received less than 4 weeks prior to arrival.

Summer Halls of Residence: Cancellations received less than 4 weeks prior to arrival will incur a charge of 4 weeks or equivalent to whole stay for shorter bookings

Hosts International:

Service not provided.

CANCELLATION DEADLINES TABLE

WORKING WEEKS BEFORE THE COURSE START DATE

NOTICES MUST BE SENT IN WRITING AND RECEIVED WITHIN BUSINESS HOURS:

MONDAY TO FRIDAY – 09:00 TO 17:30

(EXCLUDING PUBLIC HOLIDAYS)

UP TO

4

BEFORE 

START DATE

UP TO

3

BEFORE

START DATE

UP TO

2

BEFORE

START DATE

UP TO

1

BEFORE

START DATE

UP TO

START DATE

AND 

AFTER

ACCOMMODATION OPTION       
         
Homestay        
 Individual       
  Britannia REFUND LESS BOOKING FEEREFUND LESS BOOKING FEEREFUND LESS BOOKING FEE1 WEEK FEE PLUS BOOKING FEE1 WEEK FEE PLUS BOOKING FEE
  Hosts International REFUND LESS BOOKING FEEREFUND LESS BOOKING FEE2  WEEKS FEE PLUS BOOKING FEE2  WEEKS FEE PLUS BOOKING FEE2  WEEKS FEE PLUS BOOKING FEE
 Groups       
  Britannia REFUND LESS BOOKING FEE4  WEEKS FEE PLUS BOOKING FEE4  WEEKS FEE PLUS BOOKING FEE4  WEEKS FEE PLUS BOOKING FEE4  WEEKS FEE  PLUS BOOKING FEE
  Hosts International REFUND LESS BOOKING FEE

50% TOTAL FEE PLUS BOOKING FEE

NO REFUNDNO REFUNDNO REFUND
Apartment Share        
 Individual       
  Britannia REFUND LESS BOOKING FEE4  WEEKS FEE PLUS BOOKING FEE4  WEEKS FEE PLUS BOOKING FEE4  WEEKS FEE PLUS BOOKING FEE4  WEEKS FEE PLUS BOOKING FEE
  Hosts International REFUND LESS BOOKING FEEREFUND LESS BOOKING FEE2  WEEKS CHARGE PLUS BOOKING FEE 2  WEEKS CHARGE PLUS BOOKING FEE2  WEEKS CHARGE PLUS BOOKING FEE
 Groups       
  Britannia REFUND LESS BOOKING FEE4  WEEKS FEE PLUS BOOKING FEE4  WEEKS FEE PLUS BOOKING FEE4  WEEKS FEE PLUS BOOKING FEE4  WEEKS FEE PLUS BOOKING FEE
  Hosts International REFUND LESS BOOKING FEE50% TOTAL FEE PLUS BOOKING FEE50% TOTAL FEE PLUS BOOKING FEENO REFUNDNO REFUND
Student Residence        
 Individual       
  Britanniafor bookings shorter than 13 weeksREFUND LESS BOOKING FEE4  WEEKS FEE PLUS BOOKING FEE4  WEEKS FEE PLUS BOOKING FEE4  WEEKS FEE PLUS BOOKING FEE4  WEEKS FEE PLUS BOOKING FEE
  Britanniafor booking longer than 13 weeks4  WEEKS FEE PLUS BOOKING FEENO REFUNDNO REFUNDNO REFUNDNO REFUND
  Hosts International SERVICE NOT PROVIDEDSERVICE NOT PROVIDEDSERVICE NOT PROVIDEDSERVICE NOT PROVIDEDSERVICE NOT PROVIDED
 Groups       
  Britanniafor bookings shorter than 13 weeksREFUND LESS BOOKING FEE4  WEEKS FEE PLUS BOOKING FEE4  WEEKS FEE PLUS BOOKING FEE4  WEEKS FEE PLUS BOOKING FEE4  WEEKS FEE PLUS BOOKING FEE
  Britanniafor booking longer than 13 weeks4  WEEKS FEE PLUS BOOKING FEENO REFUNDNO REFUNDNO REFUNDNO REFUND
  Hosts International SERVICE NOT PROVIDEDSERVICE NOT PROVIDEDSERVICE NOT PROVIDEDSERVICE NOT PROVIDEDSERVICE NOT PROVIDED