HOST is a network of volunteers all over Britain who enjoy meeting
international students. HOST families invite students to stay in their homes
for a few days over the Christmas and Easter holidays or for a weekend
throughout the year. The purpose of HOST is to give international
students experience of living for a few days in a British home in a
county or region of interest and to promote friendship between people
from different countries. It is possible to go with another student.
HOST charge the University for applications authorised by us,
currently £50.00 per application plus
20% Value Added Tax (VAT).
Student Support is pleased to be able to subsidise the application fee by paying the VAT, we regret that we are unable to subsidise the full
cost. For students who include their spouse or partner on their
application there will incur an additional charge,
the University is not able to subsidise this cost so students will
need to pay the full amount.
How to apply:
Application forms should be completed on-line via the
HOST website, once submitted
HOST will send us your application for checking and authorisation, we
will then email you asking you to arrange to make the payment, £50 per
student. If the application is for you and your spouse/partner the
total charge will be £84.00 inclusive of VAT.
Please note that only certain categories of student are eligible to
apply, the main category is full time international students aged 18+
studying for more than 3 months. If you do not fall within this
category please check the HOST website for more information on
News from HOST UK
HOST are now offering day visits to hosts that
are local to the University, the cost is £30 per application plus
20% VAT. To apply please visit the
If you are based at the Colchester
should pay your fee to the Income Office, Square 2. You will be issued with a
receipt which you should bring to the
Student Support Office.
If you are based at the Southend campus:
You should make your payment at the Income
counter on floor 2 of The Gateway Building. They will then
email Student Support, Colchester campus
to advise us that you have paid.
If you are based at the Loughton campus:
You should take a cheque for the fee made payable to the 'University of
Essex' to the Student Support at
will then forward the cheque to Student Support, Colchester campus.
Once we have confirmation of payment we will authorise your
If you would like to find our more about HOST you can contact them
Please note that NO other University
department can authorise a HOST visit. Applications submitted on-line
will not be processed by HOST without the authorisation of Student
Support, Colchester campus.
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