Homestay Accommodation


Doctor in the House and our wonderful Hosts have been accommodating visiting doctors and professionals in Homestay accommodations for over 35 years. It's safe to say we know a thing or two about what a homestay is, how they work, and why they are such a brilliant alternative to hotels or hostels.


What is a Homestay?

A Homestay is a stay in a spare room of a private family home, which is offering short or long term accommodation to paying Guests. A straightforward concept with so much to it. 

Guests will have their own bedroom and generally shared access to other areas around the house like the living space, dining room, garden, and kitchen. These spaces will be shared with the Host or Hosts, who will be living in the home with the Guests.

The Hosts may be a whole family, a couple, or a single person. In all cases the Hosts will be the ones welcoming you to their home and they will be there to introduce you to your new surroundings.

Why choose a Homestay?

One of the main reasons that people all over the world choose Homestays is because of their value for money. Most Homestays offer a sliding scale of rates. The longer you stay, the cheaper the accommodation per night.

This is incredibly helpful if you are looking for a medium to long term stay, particularly in the world’s big cities, where hotel prices are high. 

Not only are prices cheaper, but  Homestays are often chosen because they are in a perfect location for Guests.  

All of our Homestays are well located for London’s hospitals and institutions. We check proximity to hospitals when choosing our Hosts. Take note if public transport isn't your thing.



Hotels and Hostels are often situated on main roads or in characterless buildings in busy neighbourhoods that local people don’t live in. In Homestay accommodation, you will likely be staying in relaxing residential areas, where there is more space to breath.

You will also find that residential neighbourhoods prove more convenient for your needs. You will be close to local grocers, cafes, and restaurants.

Our approach will protect your bank balance from the burden of eating out. Most Homestays will provide you with the benefit of access to a kitchen, unlike most hotels.


Hotels can be lonely. They see thousands of customers come and go every year.

At our Homestays, you can live and work and have interactions with real locals. Guests frequently note how warm and helpful their Host was and how their friendliness was a highlight of their stay. 

With local knowledge and knowhow, our Hosts will be able to aid you in many aspects of your stay in London, whether it be the best bus route to King’s Cross, the tastiest fish & chip shop in Kensington, or the nearest pharmacy or nail salon, our Hosts are always happy to help.

And for those of us who struggle with homesickness, a friendly face greeting you at your chosen accommodation may just help to settle your nerves.


We could go on listing more positives about homestays but we think you get the idea. One final benefit to remember is that the majority of Homestays come with no extra charges. Wi-Fi, breakfast, and laundry facilities are all part of the package, something that hotels and B&Bs often charge extortionate rates for, and when you’re already paying for accommodation we believe something as basic as Wi-Fi should be free.

Our Doctor in the House bookers will be delighted to arrange your next stay in one of our wonderful homestay accommodations. Find out more