Trying to organise accommodation before you move to London can be a bit of a headache. Some people will travel to the capital in advance as it allows them to look around properties and secure a roof over their heads before moving here directly. Others might arrange to stay with a friend or family member whilst they get settled in and find somewhere. But many will need to find some sort of temporary accommodation in London for the first few days or even weeks of their arrival.
Hotels in the capital are notoriously pricey whilst hostels can be a mixed bag. However, a great option which has become extremely popular in recent years is to book a homestay.
The Homestay network has over 740 hosts based in London. These are home owners who choose to let out one or more rooms in their home in exchange for a small amount of money starting from as little as £20.
Homes are based all over London so whether you’re interested in booking a few nights in Clapham or Chelsea, Islington or Isleworth there’s something for everyone.
How do you make a Homestay booking?
Simply take a look at the Homestay site and use the interactive map to search through the various London areas. You’ll be able to clearly see available homes within your price range and can enter your check-in and check-out details to determine the availability.
Once you have selected a home that you like the look of, you can then click on a room and put down a 15% deposit to secure the booking.
Can I make a longer-term booking?
The length of stay that you are able to make depends entirely on whether the host is able or willing to accommodate you for a longer period of time. However, you should be able to find many London hosts that are happy to accept long term bookings. Long and short bookings both require a 15% deposit.
How to prepare yourself as a guest
Once the booking has been made you and your host will be able to contact each other directly. You should arrange an appropriate time and place to meet. Some hosts may be willing to meet you from the nearest train station. Others will expect to meet you at the property.
Each host will have their own set of ‘house rules’. These are to make sure that both guests and hosts feel comfortable by the Homestay experience. Typically rules might include requirements not to smoke inside, to lock all windows before leaving the house and not to invite any other guests over without seeking prior permission.
If you’re in need of temporary accommodation when you initially move to London, then book your first Homestay today!