Homestay Review -


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Free Short Term Accommodation (House Sitting) is an accommodation marketplace that connects guests with live-in hosts who open their homes to all kinds of short, medium or long term guests in London and over 150 countries. Your host can give you the inside scoop on what to do, where to go, the best places to eat and how to get around. Overall, homestay can be a great way to experience the realities of daily life in the new country and practice your language skills on a daily basis with native speakers. However, keep in mind that living in a homestay means that you must respect the rules and expectations set by your hosts.

  • Clean, easy to use website
  • Thousands of hosts
  • Favourites option so you can save chosen hosts
  • Refer a friend and earn travel credit
  • Helpful blog with tips and trip ideas
  • iPhone app
  • Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages

Site Pros

  • Lots of different languages
  • You can choose to stay with someone that shares your interests.
  • You can find hosts that shares the same personal interests as you
  • Find a host by exact location or using the easy move map
  • Good help centre with searchable topics
  • Great rating on Trustpilot (8.5 out of 10)

Site Cons

  • No instant booking
  • Host response times can vary but each host profile states how long the average response time will be

Other Tips

  • Be sure to include a photo and good description of yourself when requesting dates to increase your chances of your request being accepted
  • If you plan to stay for long, Homestay can be a great way to practise the local language and improve your intercultural skills
  • Read the FAQs to know what to expect when you arrive
  • When you search for a place, be sure to check out the actual address and don’t just rely on the pin map

Overview is a great accommodation site that connects guests with live-in hosts who open their homes to travelers. It’s perfect for those looking for an authentic travel experience through a short-term and long-term stay in a local person’s home.

Check out our Short Term Accommodation in London category to find more websites offering short term accommodation vacancies in London.