EC Partners

Cambridge Homestay

Description of Local Area

Cambridge is an extremely historic, multi-cultural, and sociable city. You’ll find an abundance of stunning architecture, great museums and theatres, and fun nightlife.

Description of Accommodation

Staying with local hosts is both exciting and rewarding. Homestay providers provide the best insight into how the British live their day-to-day lives. This interaction will help you communicate better, faster and allow you to pick up words and nuances used in daily situations. There is no typical homestay in Cambridge. Some homes are single standing homes; others can be apartments or townhouses. Cambridge is a very multi-cultural city and a lot of people are originally from different countries, and different backgrounds. Living with hosts in Cambridge will give you a great view of all the different cultures and ethnicities that the city has to offer.

Choose between a single or twin room. Each room is furnished with a bed and a closet to store your personal belongings and clothes. If there is not a desk in your room, the hosts will provide you with a quiet place to study. It is important that rooms and living areas are kept neat and tidy. You will also have access to a shared bathroom. Private bathrooms are also an option, upon request and availability.

Bed linen and towels are provided. The hosts will be happy to launder the sheets and towels once a week. You are responsible for doing your own personal laundry. You will be allowed to have one free wash per week. It is very common for homes to have a designated laundry day. Internet access is available upon request (and if requested, will be free of charge). Telephone access is dependent on the hosts.

Homestays are arranged by EC as well as via our accommodation partners – Hosts International and Homestay Consultancy.

Meal Description

Breakfast and dinner are provided daily by the homestay host, who will be happy to prepare both meals, however, lunch is not included in the adult homestay programme. The host will provide room in the fridge and cupboards to store any food that students may purchase.

Hosts make an effort to adjust the type of food offered to the tastes of the students and take religious beliefs into consideration when preparing meals. Vegetarians or people with food allergies should specify their dietary restrictions upon booking so this information can be shared with families prior to arrival.

Breakfast varies from family to family. It is typical in a British home to have a quick, on-the-go breakfast such as toast and a coffee. Students will eat whatever the hosts eat and help set the table or clear up after dinner. Students are encouraged to participate in  activities or outings.

Dinner time is usually around 6.30pm or 7.00pm, but hosts will inform the student of the time when they eat. Not all sit down and have dinner together every night. It is important that the student informs the hosts beforehand should they be late or not having dinner. If a student misses dinner, they cannot take it for lunch the next day, since lunch is not included in the homestay program.

Accommodation Features

Bed linen provided


 Internet access is available upon request 


Laundry Facilities

Type of Room


Single / Twin
Comfort: Single

Bathroom type


Standard: shared
Comfort: Private

Board status


B&B or
Half Board

Emergency Number

+44 (0) 7966 976 513

Year round

Arrival and departure

Journey to school

Cambridge is a small city but the majority of the city centre is owned by commercial companies and the Colleges, with a very simple and efficient transit system. Our homestays all live within 45 minutes travel time to EC Cambridge, with an average of 30 minutes. All of our homestays are close to a bus stop. Our homestay hosts are happy to assist the students with directions to the school on their first few days in Cambridge to ensure a simple commute.

Closest bus station to the school: Central Bus Station – Drummer Street

To find your way to school from the central bus station: Head northeast on Emmanuel Street toward Drummer Street. Then turn right onto Parker Street and continue onto Parkside. When you get to an intersection with traffic lights, turn left onto East Road. Continue walking on East Road, then turn left onto Burleigh Street. You will find the school on your left hand side on Burleigh Street. The walk will take you approximately 15 minutes. There may be a quicker option but we recommend to use these directions on your first day.


Cancellation prior to arrival

Students cancelling fewer than 14 days before arrival will be charged a one-week accommodation fee at the standard accommodation rate and accommodation placement fees.

Cancellation after arrival

Students leaving their accommodation must give notice in writing 4 weeks prior to termination. After deducting the price of accommodation used, including the required notice period, charged at standard accommodation rates, students will be refunded the remaining accommodation costs. If the 4-week notice period is not provided, a cancellation fee equal to 4 weeks of the accommodation cost will apply.

House Rules

  • Special dietary requirements may be accommodated subject to availability at a fee per week
  • Twin Rooms only available for two students booking together 
  • EC provides a clean living space for all students and expects a basic level of respect from all students. For example, if something is dropped, pick it up; do not leave clothes and belongings on the floor; place rubbish and leftovers in a garbage bag
  •  While we promote and support diversity, we cannot guarantee language mix. However, we always encourage students to use English to communicate, be respectful and inclusive of others.
  • Students are required to follow EC Student Code of Conduct, failure to do so can result in termination of the accommodation. 
For more accommodation terms please refer to EC accommodation terms.