Become a host

Becoming a host with Foyle International is a great way to make easy money on your spare room. Each year, Foyle International have hundreds of international students who come to study English Language and/or undertake work internships. A majority of students come from Europe. Staying with locals is the best way for them to experience the best of Irish culture during their stay in Derry!

Homestay options are not limited to a traditional family and there are lots of options depending on the student’s requirements and preferences. For instance, we have younger and independent hosts, and we have hosts with partners and children.

There are no more than four students in any homestay accommodation at the one time.

What does homestay include?

  • Good rates of pay
  • Payment every 2 weeks
  • Year-round income
  • Flexibility – you can decide when to host
  • Assistance from active and experienced Foyle International staff
  • 24-hour emergency helpline


Why host with Foyle?

Showcase our city

Let Europe experience our Derry Hospitality!

Host Famililes Derry

Make connections

Worldwide friendships that can be made forever!

Exchange cultures 

Explore a new culture or language without leaving the neighborhood.

Go on try it! It could be life changing having new friends in Europe!

Frequently Asked Questions

All providers are welcome: parents, singles, elderly & young couples.

The host should make the following services / facilities available to their student:

  • A furnished bedroom with wardrobe and drawer space for clothes.
  • A desk and chair for student to study at desk in bedroom or kitchen table can be used.
  • Change of bed linen and towels each week.
  • Adequate washing facilities and access to the bathroom.
  • Use of laundry facilities or clearly explained laundry service.
  • Provide meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner/ breakfast, dinner).
  • A friendly and welcoming atmosphere!

Basically, you as the host provide food and board for your student.

There should also be a place available to the student where they can study in relative quiet. At Foyle we
have adult students year round, and many junior students in the summertime.

The amount of money you can make will depend on a number of factors such as the meals you provide (i.e. full or half board), the age of students you host (juniors or adults) and the number of students which you can host at any one time.

For more information, get in touch with or complete our Application Form.

  1. Complete Host Application Form

Download the application form here or contact our Accommodation Officer on 028 71 371 535. We try to place students with hosts where they are best suited in terms of age, sex, duration of stay, interests and hobbies etc. so please give as much information about you – such as your interest, hobbies, what your job is.

2. We’ll organise a visit

The Accommodation Officer will call you to arrange a short, informal visit to your home so that they can meet you in person, inspect the rooms, talk over the hosting process and answer any questions you may have.

3. Wait for your bookings!

Then, once you are on our hosting database, we will contact you when students request homestay accommodation.

We look forward to welcoming you as a Foyle homestay host!

Email or call 028 71 371 535 for more information.