Becoming a host with IHA

How to become a homestay host?

To become a homestay host for international students and guests is an excellent way to form worldwide friendships while making an additional income to offset some of your home’s expenses, cost of food, and utilities. You enjoy meeting and sharing your home with students and introduce them to your family, friends, and lifestyle, then you are on your way to becoming a homestay host.

You have an extra furnished and comfortable guest room, and happy and cheerful environment, then you have met the agency’s requirement. Each guestroom must offer a comfortable bed with clean linen, good lighting, desk and chair, a closet, a door, and a window with shade for student privacy.

Note, in homestay arrangement, essential utilities and WiFi must be included in your homestay rate that you offer to a student. For most students nowadays consider high-speed access Internet as necessary as having water in your home.

All members of your household should be able to welcome students, speak English all times when the student is present, and be able to assist them in any way they can. You should be able to meet students when they arrive at your home and ready to show them around your home and neighborhood.

Please pay special attention to the fact that some international students could get lost on their first day or two in town, and become unable to reach on the phone should the student lose their way in town or nearby. Please ensure that student will have a good map, home address, or contact card before she/he goes out first time alone.

As part of being a good host or ambassador, you should be able to advise students on how to stay safe around the area, show them how to commute to and from school or college, where to shop for additional food, snacks or clothing. Inform them of the best ways to use the public transit network in your city for faster and easy commutes.

Give them information about the attractions and fun places to visit would be very helpful too. Include them in fun activities with your family if you can. Some students may be able to opt-in and pay their own cost for these activities if you ask them.

Homestay earnings start from:

Room only
Start from
a month

Private room



With Breakfast
Start from
a month

Private room



With Three Meals
Start from
a month

Private room


3 meals

Why list your homestay with our homestay agency?

  • List your homestay free of charge.
  • We create an anonymous listing webpage for your homestay.
  • Receive sufficient information in your inbox about the student.
  • Accept or decline any homestay request with a click of a button.
  • Complete your homestay offer in minutes and leave the rest to us.
  • When a student is interested, a coordinator will contact you.
  • Receive help with signing a standard homestay booking agreement.
  • Low commission starting from 5% for long term bookings.