The International Office can discuss your accommodation options and help arrange what is the best for you.

Host Family accommodation

If you want to perfect your language skills and immerse yourself in British culture, there is no better way to do so than by staying with a host family. Host family accommodation is both rewarding and enriching, perfect for students who want to have a taste of local life and gain a greater understanding of British traditions and customs. Not forgetting the priceless opportunity to practice your English in an informal setting outside of the classroom, where you are sure to learn a wide range of everyday language.

Our hosts are located within walking distance, or close to convenient transport links to Highbury College, are experienced in welcoming international students, and are ready to offer you a home away from home! They have also all undergone property checks to guarantee quality standards are met, and to ensure you will be staying in a welcoming and relaxing family environment.

Homestay accommodation is available on either a full-board (breakfast, light lunch and dinner included) or half board (breakfast and dinner included) basis.

Full board fee: £165 per week
Half board fee: £150 per week

To apply for Host Family accommodation, please contact us on +44 (023) 9238 3131 or email

Students Under the Age of 18

At Highbury we are committed to the safety of students, and in particular those who are under 18. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) can be reassured that Host Families are carefully selected through our rigorous recruitment process and must undergo a number of health and safety checks prior to hosting students. These include:

  • Enhanced DBS (police) Checks
  • Fire Risk Assessments
  • Gas Safety Checks
  • Safeguarding Training, in addition to adhering to our comprehensive Safeguarding Policy
  • Prevent Training
  • Annual home visits by College staff
  • References are taken to assess hosts suitability to accommodate Under 18 students before they can be confirmed as Highbury Hosts
  • We provide staff and hosts with appropriate support, training and guidance to ensure that they are able to deal with welfare related issues and give a high level of duty of care to Under 18’s.

Hosts also have strict guidelines to adhere to, including to provide healthy and balanced meals, to help your child register with a local GP, and to communicate with staff about any concerns they may have regarding students. Additionally, all homestay hosts sign agreements with us to ensure they are able to provide the additional requirements for students who are under 18 years of age.

Parents will be provided with host family information, including contact details, prior to the student’s arrival at Highbury College. Your child will have his/her own room, with a desk, wardrobe, and access to wi-fi.

Finally, Highbury provide dedicated staff who will monitor your child’s attendance and academic progress and will communicate with parents and guardians. In addition, the contact details of the same named contact person will be provided to your child for extra support, as they will meet with students regularly, monitor any accommodation issues and liaise between the home stay and students’ parents/ legal guardians if necessary.

Full accommodation fees are payable prior to/on arrival at college.

Onsite accommodation

Please note, our on-site accommodation is currently closed for refurbishment and is expected to be available in Autumn 2021. Please check this web page for regular updates.

Onsite accommodation Highbury’s onsite accommodation is situated within The Tower, the College’s tallest building. All 75 bedrooms enjoy views of Portsmouth and its coastline.

Each floor consists of 15 good-sized bedrooms, two kitchens, dining area, lounge and television. Each bedroom includes a bed, desk, wardrobe, en-suite bathroom (shower, toilet and wash basin), telephone, television and computer points and free Internet access. There is also a laundry room, with washers and dryers, and a 24-hour security is in operation on the College site.

Onsite accommodation fee: £125 per week (£4,400 per academic year if students pay in full prior to arrival)

Apply for On-site Accommodation

Please download and complete the On-site Accommodation Questionnaire and return it to Highbury College, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 2SA.