Doctor in the House Accommodation Blog


Visiting London for work or study?
Top 5 tips for finding great accommodation

London is a big place with a population of more than 9 million. We recommend starting by breaking the city down into smaller parts. Greater London has 32 boroughs, made of numerous small town centres with their own tube or train stations, high streets, and cultures.
Start by locating the London borough in which you will be working. Then, use your maps to locate areas that you will be able to commute from to narrow down your search
For example, if you were working at King’s College Hospital you would be in the borough of Lambeth. There are several areas nearby that you could choose to live in including Brixton, Camberwell, Clapham, Stockwell and Herne Hill. You could then read about those areas on Google and pick which area might suit you most.


Our Hosts and why they are so very special

Our Hosts sit at the very heart of Doctor in the House! We’ve been working with our Hosts for over 30 years, some have been with us for as long as 15 years, which is why we like to think of our Hosts as a family and why joining our family is so important to us.
We don’t advertise for our Hosts, they generally find us through word of mouth which keeps things personal and the way we like it. Once we’ve agreed to take on a new Host, our bookers develop a close personal relationship which is what makes us so very special. This blog helps to illustrate our Host recruitment process and possibly explains why our Hosts are so very wonderful....

Read more



Homestay Accommodation

Doctor in the House and our wonderful Hosts have been accommodating visiting Doctors and professionals in Homestay accommodations for over 35 years, so 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 hotel or hostel accommodations!

What is a Homestay? In simple terms, a homestay is a stay in a spare room of a private family home which is offering short to long term accommodation to paying Guests. Quite a straightforward concept really but there is so much more to it!
Guests will have their own bedroom and generally have shared access to other areas around the house like the living and dining rooms or the garden or 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 – young or old or perhaps a single person, in any case, they will be the ones welcoming you to their home and on hand to introduce you to your new surroundings...


Profile of Doctor in the House Guests: Researchers, academics, scientists and medical professionals


Researchers, academics, scientists and medical professionals.  
At Doctor in the House we host all numbers of Clinicians, Researchers, and Professionals from all over the world as well as the UK. We thought it might be interesting to illustrate a sample of the working relationships we have developed over the years, shining a light on some of the excellent work our Guests are involved with.

SYNTHESYS+ project at the Natural History Museum: We have a relationship with the Natural History Museum to accommodate researchers and professors who are in the UK as part of an EU funded project called Synthesys+.
This is a Europe wide initiative to make the contents of Europe’s Natural History Museums available digitally. The idea is to create an integrated infrastructure for Europe’s natural history collections which will allow for further innovation into environmental research and scientific advancement...


Read more


COVID-19 Update: We remain dedicated to providing our service

Doctor in the House has been working hard for the past 35 years, providing accommodation to doctors, clinicians and medical professionals from all over the globe. These Guests come to the U.K to learn, to teach or to collaborate with teams here whilst staying in the homes of our fabulous and ever growing family of Hosts, and we now reach an unprecedented time, not just in Doctor in the House’s history but also the wider world.
The Corona virus outbreak and subsequent pandemic are a stark reminder of the cruelties of life, but also a reminder to us of Doctor in the House’s role, albeit modest, supporting our Guests to ensure they are able to work in London safely at the hospitals bearing the brunt of this pandemic...


Which travel pass to use when visiting London for work?

Which transport pass should I use to get around London?" This is one of the most common questions our Hosts at Doctor in the House get from guests coming to London on a business or professional visit.
Both the Travelcard and Visitor Oyster card have their advantages, depending on your length of stay, transport zones, and how often you'll need to travel. To help you choose the right pass, we've put together a quick check-list for both options.

Travelcards allow you to make as many journeys as you like on TFL services – bus, Tube, tram, London Overground, TFL Rail and National Rail services in London.

A Visitor Oyster Card is a smart card that provides a quick and easy way to pay for journeys on bus, Tube, tram, London Overground, TFL Rail and most National Rail services in London...