Most CIE students stay in host family accommodation. This provides you with the opportunity to share the daily life of a British family.
You will have breakfast and dinner with the host family during the week and at the weekend all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided. As CIE is situated in the centre of Oxford, an excellent bus service is available to and from the homes of all our host families. A host family will not accommodate more than 4 paying guests.
CIE’s accommodation officer inspects the homes of all host families regularly to ensure that they meet our standards as well as those of the British Council.
All of our host families are British families who speak English in the home and will help you practise your English outside of your lessons at school.
The United Kingdom is a multicultural nation with a diverse population, and our host families represent a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Our families mirror the United Kingdom as a whole and the various kinds of families that are found here. Some of our host families have two parents, and some are single-parent families. Some families have children living in the home, and others have no children. Some of our families are fairly young, and some are older and more mature.
If you would like to ask a question of our accommodation team, they can be contacted directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.
What you can expect from homestay accommodation organised by CIE:
We will make every effort to accommodate your wishes regarding family arrangements/ number and age of children in house, pets, and smoking.
It is important to note that due to the diverse nature of British society our host families may be families with none or many children, only one parent or retired couples whose children have left home.
If you choose not to use our homestay accommodation, it is important to remember that outside lesson time, it may be difficult to obtain English-speaking practice in a real-life environment. You are also obliged to inform us of any change of address during your stay with CIE Oxford, while in the UK.
If you have any problems arise during your stay, please do not hesitate to contact the Accommodation team who will try to resolve the problem or will help you find alternative accommodation.
Before you arrive in the UK we will send you Host Family Profile
On your first day we will again help you with information about how to get from the centre of town to your accommodation, including any relevant bus timetables.
We have a small number of Private Homes; these families are able to accommodate more than 4 paying guests. However, we use these Private Homes only when requested by the paying guest(s). In all cases we send an accommodation profile before your arrival which will be confirmation of what has been agreed in the enrolment communication.
For students over 18 wishing to have greater independence, CIE can offer self-catering student apartments, which are suitable for one person or a couple. We can also offer advice on accommodation in a guesthouse or hotel, or for long-term students, renting a flat or a private room.
Please contact the accommodation team at email@example.com for more information.
During University holidays, CIE is occasionally able to arrange residential accommodation in a University college for groups upon request (and for a higher fee than host family accommodation). See www.oxfordrooms.co.uk for more details.
*It is absolutely essential that you inform CIE Oxford of all details (and changes) about your accommodation!