Accommodation

Host Family Accommodation

Host Family Accommodation arrangements are arranged by our International Department. The person responsible is our International Support Officer. This is our most popular accommodation. It offers international students the opportunity to live in a local home, practice English and immerse in British life and culture while studying. This option is recommended for our students who are under 18 years old.

Our host families are selected on the basis of their home being clean and safe, have previous experience hosting international students and provide all necessary documentation. Their homes are regularly inspected at least twice a year and located no more than 30 minutes by car from our campuses.

Most of our hosts are staff from our College and they live in a house or townhouse. They will show you how to find your way around the neighborhood and Milton Keynes and how to use public transport to get to college.

When completing your Accommodation Form, you will need to let us know if you have any allergies, no pets, no smoking or any other special requests. We will try out best to accommodate your special requests.   

Before you arrive, you will be sent a Host Family Information Pack that will give you the following information:

  • Who is your host, family members and their occupation
  • Home address
  • Telephone number
  • Hobbies and interest
  • How to catch public transport to your campus
  • Your responsibilities staying with your host family
  • Your host family’s responsibility

You are also required to read the Host Family Guidelines that outline rules including Telephone Use, Meals, Laundry and Transport.

How long can you stay and how much does it cost?

  • You can stay from two weeks to an academic year.
  • It costs £150 a week plus £50 placement fee. This includes your own bedroom (single bed), linen, study desk, lamp, chair, storage for your belongings. Usually, you will share a bathroom with the rest of the family members.
  • The host family costs will be paid to Milton Keynes College and we will pay the host family directly. You are required to pay in full and in advance.

When you first arrive, you will take some time adjusting to your new home and environment. You should give yourself a few weeks to settle down. Any questions or issues you have regarding your home should be directed to your host family. If there are any problems, try to talk with them and resolve it. If this is still unresolved, contact our International Support Officer.

Changing accommodation

If you decide to move out or change accommodation before your accommodation term, you will need to provide your host family with two weeks cancellation fee and at least four week’s notice.

Host Family Application Process

Step 1: Accommodation Application Form
Complete the Application Form and fill out any special requests you may have such as smoke-free, or pet free home. Let us know of any dietary or allergies you may have. Read the Host Family Guidelines.

Step 2: Acknowledgement of Application Form
When your application for accommodation is received, an email will be sent. Following a course placement being offered to you, we will start making arrangements to place you with a host family will be made by the International Support Officer.

Step 3: Payment
You will be required to pay in full the following by bank transfer or electronic funds transfer:

1) A placement fee (£50 non-refundable)

2) Host Family weekly fee for your entire stay (£150 per week)

3) Please send a copy of your receipt and let us know when and the name of person who made the payment. This will help us track and confirm your payment.

Step 4: Your host family
When we receive your payment, details of your host family will be provided to you and included in your Confirmation Letters and CAS letter. We encourage you and your host to contact each other before your arrival.

Step 5: Arrival Details

Let us know you arrival details so that your host family can have notice in advance. You will need to let us know how you will be travelling from the airport to your host family. Arrangements can be made for your host to meet you at the airport, if possible.

Residence Accommodation 

The Residence option is not managed by the College. It is a sports residence equipped with gym facilities, restaurant, conference centre, indoor badminton courts, and bar. Each room is equipped with its own bathroom, TV, bed, chair, study table, coffee and tea facilities. It is ideal for students looking for safe, quiet, independent accommodation. There are no cooking facilities. The restaurant provides a good selection of healthy meals.   

Our International Office can help with any questions relating to accommodation on +44 (0) 1908 688 227 or email international.students@mkcollege.ac.uk