Hosting High School Students vs College Students

Hosting a high school student versus a college student goes beyond the difference in age and maturity. Hosting a high school student can be more challenging than hosting other students. These students not only stay for a longer period (generally 5 months—2 years), they also require more attention and discipline from hosts.

Here are the main differences between hosting a high school student vs a college student:


Hosting High School Student

International high school students are between 16 to 18 years old. Hosting a high school student who is 16 years of age means that the student is a minor and the host will be responsible for accepting guardianship of the student. The host is expected to be responsible for attending parent – teacher conferences and helping with transportation to and from school. Additionally, to host international high school students hosts must be willing to cook meals every day for the student and undergo an extensive background check.

Every host family is different and it is up to each host to create house rules to be followed by the student. One main rule that only applies to minor students is the curfew rule. Hosts will need to set curfew for their students which can be 8 p.m. on school nights and 10 p.m. on weekends.

If you like the idea of having your spare room always occupied, hosting a high school student will offer you that stability for at least 5 months. High school students do not have another option of accommodation since public and private high schools do not offer housing; consequently, students will stay in their homestay for the duration of their program. Unless it is not a good homestay match, then the student will have to switch to another homestay.

A typical host family for international high school students are families that live in a more residential neighborhood, close to a high school, and have children. The reason is simple because the distance from the house to the school is an important factor for the student while choosing a homestay. In additional, if the host already have children, especially children attending high school, the process of hosting a student who is about the same age as your own becomes a lot easier.



Hosting College student

A college student is usually someone who is over 18 years old and can take care of themselves. As a host of a college student you are not responsible for preparing lunch and cooking dinner for the student, unless requested by the student and offered by the host.

Hosting a college student usually means hosting a short term stay because college students typically book a homestay for a minimum of a month before making a commitment of a long term stay. It is possible that the student will extend the stay after completing “a month trial”; however, it is never a guarantee. College students have many accommodation options such as a college dormitory, private apartment, and student residences. Because they have so many options, it is difficult to gauge how long a college student will be staying with you.

With college students, you don’t need to worry about curfew. They are not required to abide to a host curfew, however the host can set other rules such as the students having to keep the lights off when coming home late at night and always informing the host about their whereabouts.

There is no typical host family who hosts college students. Any type of family can be an excellent host. The reason is simple because there are less requirements to host college students.  


Do you have any questions? Let us know in the comments below.