Foreign exchange students,experiences please?

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Found 15th Mar 2009
Having an empty room I have been toying with the idea of taking in some foreign students
Please can you share any experiences good or bad?

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It's generally quite easy. Normally you just supply them with a simple breaky (cereal, toast, etc) and a packed lunch (sandwiches, etc). They often eat out with the school, although you may have to cook an evening meal for them sometimes.

Apart from that, they just need a bedroom and access to a bathroom and in most cases, you'll hardly see them, the schools tend to keep them really busy. The only potential problems, if you get teenagers, is the local youths trying to bone them/beat them up!

I think it's a really easy way of making money, if you can get two in a room, you can make about £150 quid a week.

If you got teenage kids, you may wanna think about only having same sex kids as what you got. Dont want international relations IYKWIM.

what's IYKWIM?

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sounds so easy doesnt it?! its either that or take in a lodger as the room isnt being used so i may as well make some money out of it,the only thing that puts me off about a lodger is if you get someone you dont get on with,bit different with the students you know theyll soon be going home!

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kippy;4645066

what's IYKWIM?

if you know what i mean

Mardyass;4645074

sounds so easy doesnt it?! its either that or take in a lodger as the … sounds so easy doesnt it?! its either that or take in a lodger as the room isnt being used so i may as well make some money out of it,the only thing that puts me off about a lodger is if you get someone you dont get on with,bit different with the students you know theyll soon be going home!



Would agree, students are normally polite and you hardly see them. Ok, it's only short term/seasonal, but it really is easy money.

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are there any websites you know of that you can enquire about students? how do you go about it?

One summer I had some foreign students stay, they were on a language course so only here for 2 or 3 weeks, gave a good insight before a long term arrangement.Really enjoyed it .I was able to specify a male or female and the amount of language they were to be able to speak also if they had a special diet. The arrangement was with a private language school who had a 24 hour help line.I had no problems but a friend did as her student wanted to stay out until the early hours,go clubbing etc and was under 18.
I found it a great experience but you just need to be careful/sensible with the ground rules.

My friend regularly does this, her first contact came by an ad in the local paper.

Mardyass;4645158

are there any websites you know of that you can enquire about students? … are there any websites you know of that you can enquire about students? how do you go about it?



If you have a university close by you could try an ad there or get in touch with the foreign lang dept to see if they are looking for places for students -

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kt21;4645201

If you have a university close by you could try an ad there or get in … If you have a university close by you could try an ad there or get in touch with the foreign lang dept to see if they are looking for places for students -

excellent advice thankyou:thumbsup:

Foreign students as in uni students?

I've had experience of living with foreign uni students and in my opinion the girls are better than the boys (simply they are cleaner, but you can get a messy girl)
I would if possible avoid german students cos they are more likely to be arguementive and stuff..i liked living with students from france, belgium, norway and america.
You have to think how would you feel if they want to bring friends round..what kind of rules would you impose?
Would you be ok with them coming in at all hours during the evening/night? Students do like to party
Are u going to give them free reign of the kitchen or are u going to provide meals? If its free reign who will provide the food etc?

allstar2;4645589

I would if possible avoid german students cos they are more likely to be … I would if possible avoid german students cos they are more likely to be arguementive and stuff.



OMG, Stan Boardman is posting! :-D What a stupid thing to say, how many German students have you met?

Trickyjabs;4645696

OMG, Stan Boardman is posting! :-D What a stupid thing to say, how many … OMG, Stan Boardman is posting! :-D What a stupid thing to say, how many German students have you met?



Quite a few actually and both male and female..they were the only students we didnt get on with as i said it was speaking from past experience..:whistling:

Mardyass;4645074

sounds so easy doesnt it?! its either that or take in a lodger as the … sounds so easy doesnt it?! its either that or take in a lodger as the room isnt being used so i may as well make some money out of it,the only thing that puts me off about a lodger is if you get someone you dont get on with,bit different with the students you know theyll soon be going home!



As you're a council tenant, I'd be wary of taking in a lodger - will be against your tenancy agreement.

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I spoke to the housing dept about it last week and as long as youre not on any benefits and they know in advance youre taking a lodger in theyre fine with it
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