Welcome back to Broke in Bristol – the blog that helps you save money, make money and live life to the full on a shoestring. This week's post is about how we can all make extra money from hosting foreign language students. As well as earning money from writing, I run a local Utility Warehouse business, hire out my campervan, rent out my parking space, dog sit for a friend and host foreign language students. That’s six ways of making an income – I really do like to practise what I preach!
Now I only have a small two bedroom terraced house in Totterdown, so it’s not like I have loads of extra room. But with a few small sacrifices we manage to squeeze everybody in. I’ve taken residence on the sofa and stored some of my things in Little Miss Diva’s room. We’ve made the student’s room quite homely and there’s plenty of space for two students to stay with us quite comfortably. We’ve found that the students like to shower at night, which leaves the bathroom free for us in the morning.
Apart from providing them with a safe place to stay for a few weeks, I cook an evening meal (not always from scratch!), provide them with a packed lunch and they help themselves to breakfast of cereal or toast and juice. Although this is a way for me to make extra money, I can honestly say we really enjoy chatting to them over an evening meal and going on the odd trip. I’ve never had any problems – some even offer to help with the washing up!
So how much can you earn from hosting students this summer? Make your first port of call International House
as they pay host families £150 per junior student every week and if you’ve got a big enough room you can host two same sex students as long as they are from different countries. BLC come in as the second best payers at £130 per student per week and EF
pay less at £70 per student but are worth considering as they are offering additional incentives this summer. Another company is Student Hosting who pay £17 per night and have short stay students in need of rooms throughout the winter. Please tell them you heard it here, quoting BROKEINBRISTOL as some even pay a nice referrer fee. Happy hosting!
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International House – firstname.lastname@example.org
BLC – Accommodation@blc-english.co.uk
EF – email@example.com
Student Hosting – Barbara 07761 313300