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Accomodation

Homestay

Choosing to stay in UK Homestay accommodation with a host family is a great opportunity to experience living in the UK and to practice your English. If you book accommodation with BLC, we will do our best to match your requirements with those of the host.

Standard Homestay

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DESCRIPTION

Location

BLC homestays are 15 – 40 minutes away from our city centre school by foot / public transport.

Room choices

– Single room
– Twin room (Only when 2 students book together, same dates)

Standard room

A comfortable and simply furnished room, fitted with storage space. Your host will clean your room, provide bed linen and do a load of laundry on a weekly basis. You will be sharing a bathroom with the family and potentially other students.

Laundry

Your host will do one load of laundry per week, or include your clothes with their own laundry. Alternatively, they might show you how to use the washing machine, where to hang and dry your clothes.

Internet

We do not guarantee a homestay with WiFi internet access. Some hosts have limited internet access and you may only be able to use the internet for short periods. Some hosts may offer restricted use stating how often and for how long you can use it. If your host does not have WiFi connection at home, the school has WiFi, or alternatively there are plenty of coffee shops and internet cafés in town.

Meals

Half Board – breakfast & evening meal provided by the host (access to cooking facilities not available)
Breakfast Only – breakfast provided by the host (access to cooking facilities may be permitted by host)

Executive Homestay

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DESCRIPTION

Location

BLC homestays are 15 – 40 minutes away from our city centre school by foot / public transport.

Room choices

– Single room
– Twin room (Only when 2 students book together, same dates)

Executive room

An executive room will have all the amenities of a standard room, but it will have it’s own private bathroom, which will either be in the room or next door to the bedroom. Again your host will clean your room, provide bed linen and do a load of laundry on a weekly basis.

Laundry

Your host will do one load of laundry per week, or include your clothes with their own laundry. Alternatively, they might show you how to use the washing machine, where to hang and dry your clothes.

Internet

We do not guarantee a homestay with WiFi internet access. Some hosts have limited internet access and you may only be able to use the internet for short periods. Some hosts may offer restricted use stating how often and for how long you can use it. If your host does not have WiFi connection at home, the school has WiFi, or alternatively there are plenty of coffee shops and internet cafés in town.

Meals

Half Board – breakfast & evening meal provided by the host (access to cooking facilities not available)
Breakfast Only – breakfast provided by the host (access to cooking facilities may be permitted by host)

Residence

The brand new Britannia Study Hotel features 122 study bedrooms and a large lounge with TV and vending machines in a city centre location on Western Road. There are fully equipped kitchens/lounges on every floor which are furnished with sofas, dining tables, chairs, and flat screen TVs. Minimum age – 18

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DESCRIPTION

Location

City centre in the main shopping district and a short walk from the seafront, Britannia Study Hotel is ideally located just 15 minutes walk from the school

Room choices

– Single room
– Double Occupancy (Only when 2 students book together, same dates)

Standard room

-Modern bedrooms
-Tiled en-suite shower rooms
-Double storage beds
-Wood flooring
-Desk, chair, wardrobe, laptop safe, shelving and side table
-Small refrigerator
-Window blinds

Laundry

Coin operated laundry

Internet

High speed internet

Meals

Self-catering with access to kitchens fully equipped with appliances, utensils, cookware, crockery and cutlery

 

Private Accommodation

Private housing is accommodation owned by individuals, or property companies who rent out to tenants or lodgers. Sometimes, private accommodation is managed directly by the property owners themselves, however, if a landlord owns many properties, they may be managed by a company specialising in lettings (rentals). If you are in the UK for a long time, you might decide to rent a flat or get a room in a ‘house share’ with friends or strangers. The college does not offer a private accommodation service, but we can give you some suggestions of where to look:

  • Gumtree 
  • Friday Ad
  • The Argus 
  • MTM Property Services
  • Latest Homes 
  • Visit Brighton 
  • Air B’n’B

Please note that Brighton Language College is not responsible for the content of these websites.

In Brighton, you can expect to pay approximately £300-£450 per month for a room in a shared house and £75-£150 for bills (council tax, gas, electricity, water etc). The cost of moving will depend on how you find your property; if you use an agency you may have to pay service fees of up to £200, a holding deposit (which is usually one month’s rent), plus one month’s rent in advance. This could mean £1000 before you move in. It is common for student tenants to be asked to provide a guarantor. A guarantor is a person, often a close family member, who agrees to take responsibility for paying the rent if you cannot. You must get full permission from your guarantor before giving the landlord your details. If you do not have a UK based guarantor you may need to provide 4-6 months of rent before moving in.

Once you have calculated all costs and you can afford to move, make sure if you have to sign a contract or tenancy agreement, that you understand what you are signing and that you are being treated fairly. Bring rental contracts to the college to be read before you sign. Once you have signed a contract, you are legally responsible to pay the full rent until the end of the contract so think carefully and take advice before you sign a contract.

Tips

  • Take a friend with you to view a property for personal safety and to get a second opinion
  • Ask lots of questions to the landlord or letting agency
  • Start looking as early as possible to give yourself plenty of time
  • Don’t sign anything, such as a contract, unless you are completely happy
  • Check exactly what is included in the price of the room or flat – are bills included or will you need to pay separately? Is the furniture included?
  • Don’t pay money before signing a contract and get a receipt when handing money over

If you need any further advice or guidance about private accommodation, please ask to speak to one of the Accommodation Team at Brighton Language College.