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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.

Classic City Homestay

What's Included

  • 20 lessons per week

  • Course materials

  • End of Course Certificate

  • Max. 15 students per class

  • Assistance and supervision from the EC Team

  • Full board

  • Supervised activity programme (per week):
    - 5 half-day activities
    - 5 evening activities 
    - 1 full day activity*
    *excluding departure week

Dates available

  • 05 Jan - 02 Feb 2019
  • 04 Jan - 01 Feb 2020


  • 13 - 17

Emergency Number

  • +44 (0) 7823411344

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

Travel time from airport

Heathrow: approx 1.5 hours 
Stansted: approx 45 mins

Arrival day


Departure day


Getting to school & activities

  • Students travel to school by public bus and they will be shown the way to school by their homestay provider.

  • Our families are situated within reach of the school by bus.

  • A weekly bus pass costs up to £27.00 per week and can be purchased on the bus (price is subject to change).

  • The average travel time to school by bus is 45 minutes, but this varies depending on the location of the homestay.


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

  • Vegetarian – will be provided at no supplement
  • Halal - will be provided at no supplement
  • Lactose intolerant & Vegan - will be provided at a supplement of £45 per week
  • Celiac & Gluten free -  will be provided at a supplement of £45 per week

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.


Room Type

Twin room with shared bathroom

Board status
Full board

Rooms include

  • Desk/table where students can do their homework (if not in the room, a place for studying will be provided in a common area)
  • Storage space


Wifi is available at the homestay and the Learning Centre.

What to expect from the accommodation

  • All students will have access to a phone and will be allowed to accept incoming calls. If students want to make phone calls they must use a calling card. Calling cards can be found in many local stores.
  • International Leaders accompanying groups are accommodated in twin rooms shared with another International Leader. If International Leaders request a single room, a single room supplement will be charged at the time of booking and reserved based on availability.
  • Students will also be provided with access to living areas during acceptable hours.

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
  • The course will help improve English Language skills by encouraging the students to work and communicate together toward completing a weekly Project, emphasis is placed on communication and developing life skills.
  • Lessons are engaging and designed especially for young learners. Teachers aim to satisfy any interest, with a focus on communication to boost students' confidence when using English in practical situations.
  • Our dedicated and professional teaching staff provide feedback and support, and help students build confidence to speak English.
  •         All lessons and activities work together. Each week covers a different theme and what's learnt in class is linked with activities outside of the classroom.That means learners get to use and practice their skills every single day.

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.

  • 08:45-09:00 Welcome talk
  • 09:00-10:30 Placement test
  • 10:45-12:15 Lessons
  • 14:30 Orientation tour
  • 19:30 Join fellow students for film night 

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.

View Full Programme & More

Please view the programme for each week here

Sample Programme

  Morning Afternoon Evening
S Arrivals
S Welcome Talk & Placement Test  Orientation Tour Welcome Party
M Themed Lessons Punting on River Cam Film Night
T Themed Lessons Football/Ultimate Frisbee/Cricket/Arts and CraftsTreasure Hunt
W Themed Lessons BowlingTalent Show
T Themed Lessons King's College VisitFree Evening 
F Themed Lessons & Project Work EC Mini Olympics Themed Disco Night
S Full Day Trip to London

Please note: This is a sample programme and changes may occur.


Welfare, Rules and Disciplinary Action

Curfew times

  • Ages 13-15: 10pm
  • Ages 16-17: 11pm

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

  • Students must keep their room neat and tidy, including making their own bed every morning.
  • Curfew times must be respected by all students, if students know they are coming home late, they should let their homestay provider know.
  • Students should ask their homestay provider before using their kitchen.
  • Students are liable for any damages/breakages to the homestay provider’s property or possessions.
  • Students must ask for the family’s permission before bringing any guests home.
  • Students must make sure that they do not lose the house key (if they are given a key), and never lend it to anyone.
  • Students must ask if they may use the telephone and pay immediately if they do, for any calls they make.
  • Smoking is NOT allowed at any time.


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

  • Possession of any illegal drugs
  • Drinking or bringing alcohol on to any EC premises
  • Malicious damage to school property or place of accommodation
  • If the student is a danger to his/her own safety or that of other students
  • Breaking English law
  • Repeated failure to attend academic lessons and/or social activities

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.