Classic City Homestay

Classic City Homestay

Homestay provides a warm and comfortable home for students during their stay in Cambridge and offers exposure to the English language, culture and way of life. EC’s accommodation staff visit all homes before they are accepted to host students, and then follow up with regular home visits to ensure the comfort and safety of our students.

What's Included

Dates available


Emergency Number

Travel time from airport

Heathrow: approx 1.5 hours 
Stansted: approx 45 mins

Arrival day


Departure day


Getting to school & activities


Special dietary requirements may be accommodated subject to availability and a weekly fee.


Students receive a continental breakfast at their homestay.


Lunch is either delivered to School or provided in various outlets in Cambridge city centre. These may include British, Italian, French, Asian and American cuisine. Activity Leaders supervise all meals.


A hot meal will be provided each evening at the homestay (e.g., pasta, chicken, beef, pork, pizza, or hamburgers).

Dietary Requirements

EC must be informed of specific dietary requirements at the time of the booking. While EC endeavours to accommodate special requests such as Dietary requirements, this will have to be confirmed at booking stage by the accommodation department.



Optional Student Insurance is now being offered in all destinations.

At the time of booking, EC must be advised of any medical conditions, allergies or medication that needs to be taken by students. EC will endeavour to find a homestay provider that can accept students with medical conditions. However, if we are not advised of this in advance, EC cannot take responsibility if the homestay provider refuses to accept the student in their home.

European students travelling with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are entitled to free public healthcare. All other students are required to pay approximately £60 to see a doctor, which students must pay at the time of their visit.
Students must have adequate health, accident and travel insurance while attending any of our programmes. The insurance must be acquired prior to their arrival.

Transfer details

Airport transfers are compulsory unless students are accompanied by a guardian.


In a comfortable, local Cambridge home, you will experience a new culture while enjoying a warm, friendly envionment and home-cooked meals.

Room Type

Twin room with shared bathroom

Board status
Full board

Rooms include


Wifi is available at the homestay and the Learning Centre.

What to expect from the accommodation

With advance notice, EC can accommodate special requests, e.g, non-smoking family, no pets, allergies, special dietary requirements, etc. Students should bear in mind that this may not always be possible.

Valid reasons must accompany a request for a homestay provider change, and each request is considered on its own merits. Such changes are also subject to availability. Students must pay for all costs incurred, including transport, additional accommodation charges and cancellation fees (where applicable). The additional charges must be paid in full prior to the move. EC is happy to assist students with arrangements for any justifiable accommodation changes.


Please note that there will be times during the programme when the students won't be supervised.


Bed linen is provided, but students should bring their own towels. Linen and towels will be cleaned once a week by the homestay provider.


Bedrooms and bathrooms will be cleaned once a week by the homestay provider.


Laundry facilities will be provided by the family once a week.

Learning centre

EC Cambridge
Gibson House 
57 - 61 Burleigh Street

Course: Project Based learning
20 lessons per week (a total of 15 hours)
1 lesson = 45 minutes

First Day

On the first day, all students will take a placement test, allowing academic staff to place students in the relevant group for their ability. In the afternoon, students will be given an Orientation tour.

Students will receive a Welcome Pack, containing general information about their programme. This will be given to students at their homestay.

EC Cambridge Homestay Programme - Sunday:
09:45 Arrival at the learning centre
10:00-10:15 Welcome talk
10:15-11:45 Testing
11:45-13:00 Lunch break (packed lunch provided by your host family)
13:00-15:00 City orientation
15:00 Spend the rest of your day with your host family

Any student unable to attend their first day on Sunday should arrive at the learning centre on Monday by 08:30.

Maximum Class Size

15 students


All students must attend school and activities on a daily basis unless they are genuinely indisposed (due to illness, for example). In the case of a student falling ill, an EC member of staff will accompany the student to a doctor or A&E.

Educational materials

Students will be given a notepad, a folder and pens as part of their Welcome Pack.

Welfare, Rules and Disciplinary Action

Curfew times

Alcohol consumption

Any EC student on the Young Learners Programme caught consuming alcohol during their stay will be expelled from the school and repatriated to their home country. No alcohol consumption is permitted during the programme regardless of age.


The consumption of any illegal drugs will result in the immediate expulsion and repatriation of the student and the possible intervention of the police.


Smoking is NOT allowed at any time during the programme.

Customer Complaints

At EC, we endeavour to provide our students with the highest possible level of service. If, however, a student is unsatisfied with any aspect of their programme with EC, we ask that they inform us immediately. Most problems are small and can be quickly resolved by our staff members. During the first week of school, all students are given an initial Course Evaluation form, in which they are asked to evaluate various aspects of their stay. The form also allows students to bring to our attention anything that is not to their satisfaction should they feel unable to speak to us directly. Solutions to any issues will be provided and all necessary parties will be notified when applicable. Students are also requested to complete an online End of Course Evaluation form at the end of their stay so that they have the opportunity to provide EC with general feedback before returning to their home countries.

Accommodation Rules


EC reserves the right to expel and repatriate a student at his/her own expense for any of the following reasons:

In any of the above circumstances, the student will be informed that their stay is going to be terminated with immediate effect. Simultaneously, EC informs the student’s agent of the student’s behaviour and the course of action to be taken. The earliest flight available is booked at the student's expense and an EC staff member accompanies the student to the airport to ensure that the student leaves the country. Following such action, EC will terminate all relationships with the student and will be unable to take further responsibility for the student. No refunds will be given to any students who have been expelled.

Course Certificate

Students must attend all lessons and organised activities in order to receive their End of Course Certificate. Students will receive their certificate on the last day of school.

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