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HOST Short-term Family Visits

What is HOST?

HOST is an organisation offering international and EU/EEA students the opportunity to be a guest in a British home. The hosts are volunteers who provide a friendly welcome and enjoy meeting people from other countries. All volunteers are checked and approved by HOST. To apply for a visit, please contact HOST and follow their application procedure.

How do I pay?

You should apply to HOST in the usual way through their website. You will then need to make a payment to Aston for your contribution to the cost of the visit.

How much does it cost?

HOST is a charity organisation, and to cover administrative costs the fees you pay will depend on the duration and time of your visit. Visits with HOST can be arranged for the weekend or just for a day (which means you will not stay overnight with your host). 

If you decide to arrange your visit during the Christmas Festive period the cost of the visit will be more.  The charges for the Christmas festive visits will be different from the charges for weekend visits. A festive visit is any visit occurring on the weekend before Christmas; Christmas itself; the weekend after Christmas; and New Year. (Please note students paying their own application fees will be compensated the additional charge for a festive visit if they decide to go for a weekend outside the festive period instead.).

The fees are as follows:
 

Weekend visit
HOST Charge:                                                                                                    £60
If this is your first HOST visit, you pay:                                                              £30
Number of students who can benefit from lower administrative fees:                   8         
Festive Weekend Visit
HOST Charge:                                                                                                    £72
If this is your first HOST visit, you pay:                                                              £36
Number of students who can benefit from lower administrative fees:                   8  

Day Visit
HOST Charge:                                                                                                    £36
If this is your first HOST visit, you pay:                                                              £18
Number of students who can benefit from lower administrative fees:                   8  

Festive Day Visit
HOST Charge:                                                                                                    £48
If this is your first HOST visit, you pay:                                                              £24
Number of students who can benefit from lower administrative fees:                   8         

Aston University is currently subsidizing the cost of these trips and will pay half of the administrative costs.  These lower administrative fees are only available for your first trip arranged with HOST, any trips after this will require the full HOST charge, still to be paid to Aston University. Please note that Aston University has a restriction on the number of students who can benefit from the lower administrative fee, which is limited to 8 students per category. This will be on a first come first serve basis so we suggest you to apply early if you wish to take  HOST visit.

If you have any questions about HOST, please contact Monjur Ahmed in the Hub Advice Zone by email m.ahmed@aston.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

Read more about HOST

Download the latest HOST newsletter, and read other students' experiences of visiting their host family.

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Pay online now

After you've applied for a visit on the HOST website, pay online here.

Last updated 16th October 2014 MR

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