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Become an OPDS Host Family

Host Families

Do you have a spare twin or single room in your home which could be let to students during their holidays from school and provide you with a good source of income? Through continued growth, OPDS is constantly seeking additional families throughout the UK to cater for the needs of the students in its care.
You receive generous rates of pay per student either directly into your bank account or by cheque, as you prefer. Fees are paid in advance of the student’s arrival to enable you to make the appropriate arrangements.

As a host family, you play a vital role in looking after students when they are away from school. OPDS encourages students to integrate with the family as much as possible to practice speaking in English and gain valuable experience of cultural differences. The majority of students request return visits to the same host family.

Duration of Stay

Most overseas students visit host families during their mid term and end-of-term exeats from schools where they board.

School holidays usually range from 2 days to 3 weeks. Additionally, there may be requirements for the occasional single night stay or for longer periods in the Summer or at Christmas.

Becoming an OPDS Host family

OPDS will work closely with you at all times to ensure that you enjoy hosting students. We are here to assist with any problems that may arise and any queries you may have.

If you would like further details then please complete the host family enquiry form, or contact us on 020 8660 8869 for an initial discussion.


Host Family Photos of Room and Facilities expected
Host Family with Student inside Home
Host Family with Student on trip out


OPDS is a wholly accredited member of Aegis, the Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students.  As such, we offer the highest levels of care including well documented procedures and detailed record keeping.


40c Waddington Avenue
Old Coulsdon, Surrey CR5 1QF UK
Tel: 00 44 20 8660 8869



28G Tower C, Oriental Kenzo Plaza
No. 48 Dongzhimen Wai Street
Dong Cheng District
Beijing 100027, China
Tel: 00 86 10 8454 9302/03