This is sometimes possible but please check with the School Administration staff first as the room may be reserved for another student.
You should speak to the School Administration staff about availability of other accommodation and the reasons for the request. At least one week's notice should be given.
If you feel you have identified a genuine problem with your accommodation please tell the school immediately, we cannot know of a problem if you don't tell us.
You must be 12 years old before 31 December of the year in which you join our summer school. For example, if you're joining our summer school in July 2020, you must be 12 before 31 December 2020.
We strongly advise all students to take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance for the duration of your stay in England. Please do not keep large amounts of cash in your bedroom and only carry a small amount around with you.
If you have arrived with a large amount of cash please ask the school for advice. The school and residence cannot take responsibility for loss of money or expensive belongings.
Homestay families are typical Oxford families, and are all different.
They can be large families, small families or simply one person. They might have pets – a dog, a cat, even a rabbit – or they might not. They could be teachers, bus drivers, librarians or workers in a huge number of other trades and professions.
But whoever they are, they are all inspected regularly by our Accommodation team, all DBS-checked to maintain our safeguarding standards, and all offer accommodation which meets our high expectations.
We will send you details of the host family some time before you arrive. If you then have any questions, you can contact us direct to ask.
It is important that you inform the school of your expected arrival time well in advance, so the host family know when to be at home to welcome you.
You should plan to arrive at your host family after 09:00 in the morning and before 21:00 in the evening. If you plan to arrive outside these times, please contact us to discuss the best arrival arrangements for you.
Don't worry if your journey is delayed. We understand that this is sometimes unavoidable! If you have arranged a transfer through us or are travelling as part of a group, we will track your flight and airport transfer so that we can inform your host family that you are delayed. We will also make sure there is still someone waiting at the airport to greet you.
If you are travelling independently, just give your family a call to let them know that you are going to be late. Remember to carry the emergency contact numbers with you.
Your family will show you where to catch the bus to your first meeting point. You will receive a map before you arrive and also from your host family on arrival. Most buses stop when they reach the centre of Oxford and then it's a short walk to the meeting point. At each meeting point on your social programme, Activity Leaders will be waiting for you. Look out for their blue shirts showing our school logo.
Your bedroom will contain a bed and storage space for your clothes. You will have access to a table or desk and chair with a table lamp for private study, either in your room or in a quiet area.
You will have access to the bathroom and can take a bath or shower each day. Please ask your family about convenient times to use the bathroom.
Laundry (one or two loads per week) is included. Your family may wash your clothes for you or they may show you how to use the washing machine.
Bed linen and towels are provided and are changed each week.
The family will clean your room once a week but you are responsible for ensuring it remains tidy. You should make your own bed and put your clothes away.
Most families accommodate more than one student. Unless you request to share with a friend, other students in your host family will always be of a different nationality.
Breakfast, evening meals and a light lunch at weekends are included. You may be asked to make your own breakfast if the family has to leave early to go to work. Breakfast is usually toast and/or cereal. You will normally eat your evening meal with your family. They will let you know at what time they eat their evening meal.
It is important and polite to tell the family 24 hours in advance if you plan to miss a meal. It is not normal to be allowed to use the kitchen to store your food or cook for yourself.
If you require a special diet you must tell the school when you book your accommodation so we can select a family who can offer this. Please note that there may be a supplementary charge for special dietary needs, and that our families are unable to cater for Kosher or Halal diets. People requesting these will normally be given vegetarian meals.