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What's involved in being a host family?

Most students who travel to Ireland to improve their English choose to stay with a host family to make the most of their experience.  International House Dublin's host families may be 'traditional' families with children, young couples with no children, single-parent families and retired couples whose children have left home.

All host families are carefully selected and visited by our Accommodation Office and agree to the following conditions for our students:

  • To provide students with single rooms (unless a twin room has been requested by 2 people booking together)
  • Not to accommodate persons of the same nationality unless specifically requested by the students concerned
  • To provide basic laundry facilities and to change bed linen regularly
  • To make a daily bath or shower available
  • To provide an adequate continental breakfast each day
  • To provide a substantial dinner each night and a light lunch at weekends for students who have booked the half-board option
  • To provide students with a door key so that they can let themselves in and out

Arrival and Departure Days

Students should arrive to their host family on the Saturday or Sunday before the course starts and leave the Saturday or Sunday after the course ends. Extra nights are usually available on request.

Airport Transfers

International House Dublin offer an airport transfer service from Dublin Airport to our host families on arrival if required.  If students do not book a transfer, our accommodation department will do its best to get arrival information for your student and inform you of their approximate arrival time. 


Accommodation is available to adult students on a breakfast-only or half-board basis.  Students who book bed and breakfast do not have access to the family kitchen after breakfast time and must make arrangements for evening meals outside the home on a daily basis.  

Students who come with a group are accommodated on a twin or triple sharing, full board basis. 

If the student needs to follow a special diet, IH Dublin will pay a supplement for this.  

Laundry and Bed Linen

Host families should provide bed linen,  but students are encouraged to bring their own towels.  Student laundry should be included with the family wash unless special care is required such as hand washing or dry cleaning, in which case, a student should take care of his or her own laundry.



Host families are paid on the last working day of the month for the nights on which they hosted students.  Payments are made by bank transfer only, so please ensure that you provide us with your IBAN and BIC number to process payments efficiently. 

Enquire about becoming a host family here:

Please let us know what area of Dublin or Cork you live in.

International House Dublin places students in families in Dublin year round, and Cork during our Junior Summer Programme.  

Download documents here to apply to be a host family:

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