What accommodation should I book if I'm less than 18 years old?
If you're an unaccompanied student at ELC and you are aged 16 or 17 and booked onto an adult course, you must normally choose half-board homestay accommodation.
If you are under 16, you must normally book homestay accommodation with full-board. In summer, students on our junior summer courses will have a twin room with another students of the same gender and similar age, unless otherwise requested and subject to availability.
How far are homestays from the school in Chester?
All homestays are within 4 miles of the school.
Do you cater for special diets?
We can cater for special diets such as lactose free, vegan and celiac on request and depending host availability. If your host can cater for your special diet, we will ask you to pay the special dietary supplement of £30 per week.
Can I bring my family with me to Chester?
Chester is a beautiful, medium-size city and a great place for families to live or as a base to travel around the country. If your family members are not studying at the school, you will have to arrange your own accommodation and childcare if required.
Will my homestay provide lunches at weekends?
Courses which include lunches, such as the Summer Course for Teens or some group courses will include lunch at the weekends, as they do during the week. Students on all other courses remain half board throughout the whole week with no lunches at the weekends.
Can I change homestay if I have a problem?
It is important that you are happy where you are living. If you have a problem, you can speak to a member of our Accommodation team and we will help you find the best solution. Sometimes problems are because of mis-communication and misunderstanding that can be solved quite easily. However, if it is a bigger problem, we can help you change homestay.
Is there a car park at the school in Chester?
No, we don’t have a student car park available. However, there is a public car park less than 1 minutes’ walk from the school. The price is around £5 per day.
Can I choose my host family?
We will try to match you to the best available homestays during your stay. The more information you can give us, the better we can match you. Please let us know, for example, if you smoke, if you have any allergies or special diet requests, if you like pets etc.
What if I am not happy with my accommodation?
If you are not happy with your accommodation, you can speak to the Accommodation and Welfare Manager who will try to help you find a solution.
Can I cook my own meals in homestay?
You cannot use the kitchen facilities in your homestay. If you would like to cook your own meals and you are over 18, you can choose to stay in residential accommodation.
How often is my room cleaned in the student residence?
Bedding and towels are changed every other week on a Monday. Student rooms and en-suites will have a basic clean on a weekly basis on Monday.
How will I travel from my accommodation to the school?
All accommodation is either in walking distance or on a bus route to school.
When I arrive in the UK, can I travel from London to Chester on my own?
Yes you can, however, this is only recommended for experienced travellers as you will then have to take the Underground to central London and then a direct train to Chester (CTR).
Can I stay in a hotel?
You can choose to stay in a hotel. You can choose the hotel option at checkout, and if you would like us to send you a list of our recommended hotels, please let us know.
Will my homestay host do my laundry?
Your host is required to do a reasonable amount of laundry for you (one load of laundry per week) included in the homestay fees. If you are over 18, you can make a request to your host to do your own laundry, if you prefer.
Are there any restrictions or conditions when you live with a homestay?
As an adult there are no curfews and most students have independent lives but clearly you should also be respectful of the host family. There is a curfew of 11 pm every night for students aged 16 and 17.
What’s provided in the student residence?
All rooms include: Bedding and linen, one large towel, one small floor towel, 1 toilet roll, toilet brush, bins, microwave oven, fridge, kettle and a toaster, pots and pans, chopping board, utensils, plate, bowl, mug, glass, knife, fork and spoons, tea towels, dish cloth, washing up liquid. There are laundry facilities on site.
Can I stay in a shared room in homestay?
Students on the Summer Course for Teens may be placed in either a single or shared room. You can request to stay in a shared room with another student you are travelling with, however this is subject to availability.