As part of our Boarding plus Programme, all students are provided with homestay accommodation
The international office at Pembrokeshire College works with a network of carefully selected local families who provide accommodation to international students in their family homes. Students living in homestay accommodation are well looked after and are treated as one of the family; it also gives students a wonderful opportunity to improve their English through total immersion in the language.
Our homestay providers are chosen from local people living in the Pembrokeshire area; some are very close to the College, others are further away but are serviced with buses bringing students to the College and returning them home at the end of the day.
Our homestay providers are very experienced in hosting international students and have a genuine interest in the development and experience of the student. They have current DBS certificates in place, ensuring that the international students are staying with individuals who have undergone a recognised safeguarding process and who have undertaken safeguarding training at the College.
Students have input into the homestay selection process; they can decide specifics such as not living with families with pets or wanting to live near to the beach. Homestay accommodation is available during term times, Easter and half term vacations. This includes breakfast and dinner 7 days a week, as well as lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Free internet is available, as well as laundry facilities and your own bedroom. We only place one international student with each homestay provider to ensure that you are able to practise your English language skills as much as possible.
For students who are under the age of 18 you will be given a curfew of 10pm and will be expected to make your homestay provider aware of where you will be when you are not in College. During induction you will be made aware of laws in the UK relating to under 18’s and will be given advice and guidance on how to remain safe. You will also receive regular contact from the International Office who will check that you have settled into both College life and your homestay provider.
Some families take their students away on weekends to visit relatives and other cities in the UK; they have themed cooking evenings and generally enjoy participating in the rich cultural experience that is to be had by staying with a host family.
“My host Helen treats me like her own son and has made me feel very comfortable. I get on really well with her son Matthew; we will definitely stay in touch after my studies. My dad also studied in the UK and lived with a host family – he said that it was much more fun that dormitories and he was right!” – Mohannad Romman from Jordan.