Students often say that their living situation is almost as important as their course. Living with a local family gives the student a chance to practice their social English in the evenings as well as share cultures with their hosts.
A large number of our host families have welcomed students into their homes for many years and are very experienced and sensitive when a new student joins their family. Students do not often know what to expect and at inlingua Cheltenham we like to make sure that they are as informed as they can be about their new family before their arrival and put student and family in touch. Some students and host families become friends and stay in touch long after the student has finished their course.
We take pride in our host families and appreciate how integral they are to the student’s study abroad experience. Our host families are predominantly native English speakers, within 30 minutes commute of the school and regularly in contact and visited so we can provide our students with the highest standards possible of accommodation.
Our welfare and pastoral care is one of our greatest strengths as determined by our recent ISI inspection.
We have a dedicated welfare team who look after the well-being of our students and our membership to the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Team allows us to regularly update our understanding and procedures surrounding the issues that young people may face.
All of our host families for under 18s are DBS checked which gives parents the peace of mind that their children are in safe hands.
Your accommodation is one of the most important aspects of your stay. Our qualified Welfare and Accommodation Officer is at hand to help you throughout.
Every student will tell you that accommodation can make their time in the UK from a good stay to an excellent one and we take great care to make sure that students are matched with the right family.
The best way to take advantage of your stay in England is by staying with a local host. This gives you the opportunity to improve your English and expose you to the life and culture of the country.
Our host families have welcomed students from all over the world and hosted with us for many years. If you do have any preferences for location or dietary requirements, please let us know and we will be able to find a family to suit your needs. While there may be other inlingua students staying with a host family during their stay, we do not place two students of the same mother tongue together.
All of our host families are either within walking distance or short bus ride from the school.
Ideal for group course students, a standard homestay offers half board accommodation during the week and full board at the weekends. Accommodation is in a single room, you will have access to a desk for studying and you will share the rest of the house as a member of the family. Full board is available if requested. A good number of our host families are located within walking distance of the school. The furthest distance is approximately 20 minutes by bus.
Executive Homestay families offer private bathroom facilities which are either en-suite or the student has sole use of the facilities. Accommodation offered is on half board arrangement on weekdays and full board weekends. Full board is available if requested.
Thanks to our close relationship with our host families we can offer high quality homestay accommodation to suit your needs.
If you want to be more independent, we offer a wide range of self catering accommodation. The different options available are:
- Serviced apartments/short term rented accommodation
- Self-catering in a homestay
If you wish to take advantage of this type of accommodation then please note that this can take longer to arrange.
Although we strongly recommend host family accommodation to all our clients due to the value of developing your English socially, some people prefer to stay at one of the many hotels near the school. The school has a variety of hotels in close proximity.
Here are a few local hotels that we can recommend:
- Queens Hotel – www.mercure.com
- Montpellier Chapter Hotel – www.themontpellierchapterhotel.com
- The Cheltenham Townhouse – www.cheltenhamtownhouse.com
- Hotel du Vin – www.hotelduvin.com/hotels/cheltenham
- The George Hotel – www.stayatthegeorge.co.uk
- The Big Sleep Hotel – www.thebigsleephotel.com
- The Abbey Hotel – www.abbeyhotel-cheltenham.com
- Willoughby House Hotel – www.willoughbyhousehotel.co.uk
- Holiday Inn Express – http://www.hiexcheltenham.com/
Guest House / Bed and Breakfast / Hostel / Serviced Apartments
Cheltenham has a wealth of other accommodation options such as Guest Houses, B&Bs and Hostels. If you would like this type of accommodation please ask us for a list of possible places to stay. If self-catering is not available for the dates of your stay then we can only offer host family accommodation with a half board arrangement. If you require self-catering, you should inform us well in advance of your course start date. It is possible for students on long term courses to change from homestay accommodation to self-catering.