HOST UK visits

The University of Leeds has teamed up with HOST UK to link international students with British families for a cultural exchange experience. 

If you're an international student/postgraduate researcher and you would like to visit a host family, you can meet kind, friendly people in their home to enjoy traditional home-cooked meals, explore the area and try new activities like gardening, hiking or fishing. 

You can begin your exchange with a virtual visit, getting to know your exchange family online. When coronavirus restrictions are eased and if it is safe to do so, you can visit your exchange in their home. 

HOST UK is a charity which wants to help you feel welcome in the UK, and to give you a taste of what British life is like. Enjoy a short time away from university work with a host family, and benefit from this unique opportunity. 

All hosts are unpaid, and invite students because they enjoy welcoming you to this country. Don’t miss the opportunity to go participate in a cultural exchange this term, and experience true British culture for yourself.

Apply for a HOST UK visit

To apply, you must be a registered full-time student aged 18 or over. Spouses and partners of students can also apply as part of the application.

You will need to submit an application and pay on the HOST UK website.

The University of Leeds contributes to the cost of applying for your first HOST visit for University of Leeds students and spouse/partners:

Type of visit Usual cost You pay
Student weekend visit £72 (£108 for festive visits) £36
Student day visit £36 (£48 for festive visits) £21.60
Spouse/partner weekend or day visit £24 (£36 for festive visits) £15

What students said about their stay: 

"Don't think about it twice, apply to HOST UK! It will be the chance you are looking for to experience British culture. Get to know amazing people and to make more friends!"

Student from the University of Leeds

"I had an absolutely fabulous time with my hosts. If you want to learn about British culture I would strongly encourage you to go on a HOST visit. I feel like I could live in the UK for years and not understand the British culture so closely as I did during that one weekend."

Muhammad, from Pakistan, visiting Tyne & Wear

"At first I was hesitant about registering, but after the visit I would do it all over again without hesitation."

Virginia, from Malawi, visiting Hampshire

Apply to be a host

If you're from the UK, your family can experience this cultural exchange by becoming volunteer hosts and inviting international students to stay for a day or for a weekend. You can apply on the HOST UK website