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All over Edinburgh; many hosts live at the seaside in Portobello

HF Edinburgh - Host Family

Staying with a host family offers you a unique and unforgettable experience – a cultural exchange which will leave you with lasting memories. You’ll be staying at the home of a local family, where you’ll have your own room (single or twin on request) in a sociable and hospitable environment. This choice, as opposed to staying in a residence, offers you a chance to learn about the culture of the destination country “from the inside”, practice English in a friendly environment and in everyday, real-life situations.


  • 'Breakfast only' option
  • 'Half board' option
  • Free Wi-Fi facilities
  • Bed linen provided
  • Students need to bring their own towels
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Cleaning service provided
  • 'special diet' option available (on request)
  • 'no pets' option available (on request)
  • Check-in before 22.00

Other info

A number of various features are available within the host family setting. You’ll have a private bedroom, a bathroom that may be shared with other family members (or a private bathroom upon request). The meals and times will depend on the requests made by the students at the time of booking, as well as the availability of the family.

Each host family will come with it’s own particular tastes in food and habits. You may have assumptions about the specific cuisines in certain destinations, but there are endless varieties and flavours to choose from! Don’t be afraid to try something new. Families are quite flexible with meals, and if students have any preferences or intolerances, then the family will be sure to cater for them. A healthy, balanced diet is provided to all students.

VEGETARIAN: There is a wide choice of families offering this option, so you’ll undoubtedly be satisfied!
INTOLERANCE: If you have any special dietary requirements (allergies, coeliac etc.), then we will endeavour to find the best family for you.

Hosting a foreign student is not just a unique experience for the students themselves, but also for the families. It is a privileged way of exchanging experience, cultures and information, living side by side with international students. Some families act like cultural consultants, immersing you in their daily routines, such as grocery shopping or going out. It is crucial to remember that each family will have their own methods of hosting students, and some may immerse you in their lifestyle more than others. Host families often remain in touch with the students they’ve hosted long after they have returned home. Like in everyday life, you will find families who grant you complete independence and maintain little interaction, whilst others will go all out to ensure they involve you in it all.

There are many reasons as to why families would opt to host students and although the reasons vary across each family, it’s mostly due to cultural and economic aspects. The family are also keen on discovering more about the world and cultures out there. It is a mutual exchange of traditions, knowledge and customs.

Room types

Price per week (Sat-Sat)
Single room, half board, private bathroom
Low season: GBP 260
Mid season: GBP 235
High season: GBP 290
Single room, half board
Low season: GBP 210
Mid season: GBP 190
High season: GBP 240
Twin room, half board (only available for 2 students traveling together)
Low season: GBP 180
Mid season: GBP 165
High season: GBP 210

Map and area info

Host families are located in safe residential areas, always very close to the main public transport routes.
Distance to School: 20 - 40 minutes public transport