Accommodation - FAQ
What should I do if I damage something in my homestay?
It is compulsory to organise your travel and stay insurance before you arrive in England. The insurance should cover you for medical emergencies, travel, lost money and luggage, course fees and damage. At a homestay, any damages or breakages you cause should be resolved between you and your homestay hosts – but we can help if needed. It’s best that you offer to pay for any damages you cause or claim them on your insurance.
How do I keep my important things safe?
At school we have a secure facility to keep your passport and money, however we recommend that you keep your passport, return ticket, money, traveler’s cheques and anything else valuable in a safe place at your homestay. Consider a place like your locked suitcase. Inform the school immediately if anything goes missing.
Do I have a curfew time?
If you’re under 18 years old, you have a curfew for returning home.This is usually set by your agent, leader or your parent / guardian and is given to us in writing. However, if you are travelling individually to us (and not as part of a group) the school imposes a usual curfew for your safety of 22.00 every day.
What should I do if I want to stay out?
You may only do so if you’re over 18. Always tell your homestay and school welfare officer / accommodation officer if you’re not going to spend the night at home or going away for the weekend. If your hosts are expecting you home and you don’t arrive, they will report you as missing to the police. When going out, it’s a good idea to only carry exactly what you’ll need – like small amounts of cash, your student ID and a copy of your passport.
Can I change my homestay host?
Please come see the Accommodation Officer at St. George's office if you're not comfortable – as it's one of our top priorities. We will always try to help in resolving whatever the issue is and if unsuccessful we work together on finding you a more suitable choice. Changes are usually made within 48 hours – and we'll need parental (or leader / agent) consent if you're under 18. Please keep in mind that it is not possible to change your homestay based on distance from school and that it may not be possible to change your family immediately during busy times of the year.
Can I stay in my own accommodation?
We receive many bookings where a student is staying with their guardian and attends our lessons and programme. However, if you are travelling individually to us and you have no designated adult responsible for you whilst here with us (it means no leader or guardian who is local) and you are between 12 and 17 years old, you can- not stay in your own accommodation. If you’re 18 or older and staying in your own or private accommodation, you must inform St. George's about address and telephone number and update us of any changes during your time with us. Remember, it’s your responsibility to deal with landlords and letting agents, not St. George's.
What is a typical Homestay like?
Our homestay hosts come from all backgrounds and from a wide range of ethnic and religious backgrounds, reflecting the multicultural society of England. Our homestay demographic is represented mostly by middle income house- holds. There’s no typical homestay. Among St. George's hosts there are people of all ages; including young professionals, middle-aged or retired people, couples without children, families or single parents with children of any age, single people. This means that there might not be children of your age in the homestay. It’s one of the reasons why we usually try to place you with students of your age range. However, you may be the only guest in your homestay.
Living with a host family is a very important part of your English language stay experience and we do our best to make it an enjoyable, warm and relaxing one for you.
Whatever your expectations for living with a host family are please remember that everything will be very different, from language, food, accommodation, to your cultural experience of England.
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Everything you need to know about your trip...
You can find lots of useful information here to help you get ready for your trip, find out what to expect and how to have a great time.
✓ The minimum age for drinkinig alcohol and entering nightclubs is 18 years old (and only with an ID available)
✓ You cannot buy tabacco or cigarettes if you are under 18 (or buy it for someone else who is under 18)
✓ Smoking is not allowed in any public, enclosing or semi-enclosed spaces. At school we have a dedicated smoking area to be used only.
✓ Using, buying or selling any non-medicinal drugs is illegal
✓ You can only drive if you have a valid licence and insurance
✓ You will need an adaptor suitable for the UK voltage of 220-240 if you want to use electrical items from your country. We have adaptors available for purchase at school
✓ It is customary in England to leave a tip of 10% for taxi drivers and in restaurants (where no service charge is added to the bill)
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If you need medical attention your homestay family or St. George's staff can recommend a nearby doctor or dentist. We strongly advise you to register with a doctor on arrival if you are studying for six month or more.
All students travelling to the UK are required to have medical and accidental insurance from the date of starting their programme of study. On occassions you might need to pay for the treatment (or a registration about £30) but you should keep the receipts and all the documents in order to claim money from your insurance company.
Worthing Hospital Address (just 5 minutes from school)
Lyndhurst Rd (between Park Road and Homefield Road), Worthing BN11 2DH
Phone: 01903 205111
Emergency Dental Treatment
If you have not registered with a regular dentist, you can contact NHS 111. They can give you details of out-of-hours dental services in your area.
Rules & Guides
YOUNG STUDENTS TRAVELLING TO ENGLAND
(students younger than 18)
Our school operates a Safeguarding and Child Protection policy and we have a staff experienced in assissting and supporting young age group. Young students will only share accommodation with other students of a similar age. During the summer months we have a busy social programme organised to keep you busy.
A liability waiver signed by your parents/guardian is required before arriving in England, as supervision is only provided during study time and St. George's organised events and activities.
Curfew for young students is set by the parent/guardian, however if no curfew is set we operate a general curfew between 21.00 and 22.00 depending on your age. If you are under 18 you must be in your accommodation by curfew time. Any overnight stay elsewhere requires a signed parental consent form for each separate date of absence before we can approve it.
British currency is in pounds sterling (abbreviated to GBP, Great British Pound). The symbol for the currency is £.
We strongly advise that you exchange some money for cases of emergencies before you enter England.
As a St. George's student you can exchange money with NO COMMISSION and for a better rate especially offered to our students only in a dedicated exchange shop near our school.
There are banks and bank machines nearby our school.
Students who are studying with us for 6 months and longer will receive a letter of confirmation which will enable them to open a bank account in one of the local banks (valid passport is also required).
There are facilities to store your cash and your passport safely at our school so please ask us for the details if you would like to use them.
TRANSFERS AND HOW TO GET HERE
With St. George's transfer
When you arrive, pass through customs and wait at the information desk in the arrival hall where a representative of St. George's will meet you. Our representative will normally hold a sign with your name on it so you can easily recognise the person picking you up. IF after waiting for at least 30 minutes you cannot find the person simply ask for help at the information desk or call our emergency number.
We strongly recommend that all students under 16 take St. George's transfer, as sometimes the immigration border control does not release a young student until they verified with the place of study that you are not travelling on your own. The transfer prices can be found in our price list.
Journey times by transfer (from the airport to your accommodation):
London Gatwick to Worthing - 45 minutes
London Heathrow to Worthing - 1 hour and 30 minutes
London Stansted / London Luton to Worthing - 2 hours (depending on traffic)
On your own
Worthing is within easy reach from London Gatwick, London Heathrow and London Stansted/Luton airports.
The nearest airport is Gatwick and there are usually direct trains to Worthing, it takes about 45 mins and costs around £15 for single journey during off peak time. Please note that in England the train price depends on the time of travel, early morning travel is usually more expensive because it is considered peak time in England (when all the commuters travel to work). This is usually up to 9 o'clock.
If you are travelling from Heathrow you can take the train or the coach. The coach takes you to Victoria Coach Station where you catch another coach to Worthing, however it might be simpler for you to purchase a ticket to Victoria Coach Station only, walk a 10 minute walk to Victoria Train Station and catch a train to Worthing. There are regular trains to Worthing, usually from platform number 16 - 19. Please note that the direct trains to Worthing usually depart at 17 minutes past each hour (i.e. 14.17, 15.17, 16.17 etc.) and they usually divide on the way to Worthing so take care to sit in the right part of the train (instructions are always noted on the train board at the station), it is usually the first 4 carriages (just after the driver) of the trains that travel all the way to Worthing! Total cost is about £35 depending on time of travel, early morning travel is usually more expensive because it is considered peak time in England (when all the commuters travel to work). This is usually up to 9 o'clock.
If you are travelling from Stansted / Luton, you can take a coach or a train. The coach takes you to Victoria Coach Station where you catch another coach to Worthing, however it might be simpler for you to purchase a ticket to Victoria Coach Station only, walk a 10 minute walk to Victoria Train Station and catch a train to Worthing. There are regular trains to Worthing, usually from platform number 16 - 19. Please note that the direct trains to Worthing usually depart at 17 minutes past each hour (i.e. 14.17, 15.17, 16.17 etc.) and they usually divide on the way to Worthing so take care to sit in the right part of the train (instructions are always noted on the train board at the station), it is usually the first 4 carriages (just after the driver) of the trains that travel all the way to Worthing! Total cost is about £40 depending on time of travel, early morning travel is usually more expensive because it is considered peak time in England (when all the commuters travel to work). This is usually up to 9 o'clock.
You can check the coach details and time tables on http://www.nationalexpress.com/home.aspx
You can check the train details and time tables on https://www.thetrainline.com/
Journey times by local transfers (coach / train):
London Gatwick to Worthing - 45 minutes by train / 1 hour by coach - DIRECT JOURNEY
London Heathrow to Worthing - 2 hours and 30 minutes by train / up to 5 hours by coach - NO DIRECT JOURNEY, CHANGES REQUIRED
London Stansted / London Luton to Worthing - 3 hours by train / up to 4 hours by coach - NO DIRECT JOURNEY, CHANGES REQUIRED
If travelling by Eurostar to St. Pancras International, take the undergroup to Victoria Train Station and then take a direct train to Worthing. There are regular trains to Worthing, usually from platform number 16 - 19. Please note that the direct trains to Worthing usually depart at 17 minutes past each hour (i.e. 14.17, 15.17, 16.17 etc.) and they usually divide on the way to Worthing so take care to sit in the right part of the train (instructions are always noted on the train board at the station), it is usually the first 4 carriages (just after the driver) of the trains that travel all the way to Worthing! Total cost is about £40 depending on time of travel, early morning travel is usually more expensive because it is considered peak time in England (when all the commuters travel to work). This is usually up to 9 o'clock. You can check the train details and time tables on https://www.thetrainline.com/
Buying a return ticket (make sure you plan your return journey before purchasing the return ticket) is always cheaper than buying a single ticket.
You can usually buy / book your train and coach tickets online in advanced.
If you are going to buy your tickets on a plane, or at the airport (which is possible) please ensure that you have 'Worthing' written to show the assistant, as they might not understand your pronunciation of it.
We recommend to take a taxi from Worthing station to your accommodation on your first day, unless you have organised something different through the school.
HOW TO FIND US
St. George's School of English
58C Chapel Road
West Sussex BN11 1BG
Students in Worthing are normally able to walk everywhere, and there is rarely a need to travel by local buses or trains. Our long term students also have a chance to rent a bike for use during their stay.
Travelling to surrounding cities like Brighton and London by train is easy, quick and relatively inexpensive during the off peak time.
IN AN EMERGENCY
Dial 999 for emergency services
(doctor, police, fire department).
Contact your leader is you have one
or dial our emergency number
0044 (0)7930 274158
MEDICAL CONDITIONS AND MEDICINE
It is vey important to tell us about your medical conditions before your arrive, if you have not done so already at the time of booking.
If you have any special dietary requirements due to your medical conditions please let us know. In cases of special diet there is a supplement payment per week towards your accommodation to cover the extra cost of special food that needs to be purchased.
If you take medicine, it’s important that you bring enough of your prescription to last for the duration of your trip – unless you’re sure you can get a prescription in England too. Please keep all your medical essentials out of reach of other students or people living around you.
It is mandatory for all students to have travel insurance. The insurance you need is a special insurance for international students which includes:
✓ Unlimited medical cover (some exclusions will apply)
✓ Flight, accommodation, meal costs in case of a critical illness or accident
✓ Refund of course fees for your absence caused by illness or accident
✓ Coverage of activities run by school
✓ Coverage in case of theft or damage of personal belongings (including cash)
✓ Third party liability and legal assistance
It is normally easy to locate an insurer in your country / area, however if you need assistance please let us know. We have a specialised insurer available which we can book for you to cover you from the moment you arrive in the UK. The details are available here.
Some important things to remember...
✓ You may be sharing a room in your Homestay with another student of the same gender from another country, or a student of the same nationality if this is how you and your friend (or your leader, agent, parent) requested for you to be accommodated.
✓ You might be given a key to the house if you are between 12 and 17, but this is a not a rule. It is up to each host family to make a decision about the key and we respect that. If you are 18 and older you will be given a key. Iif you lose it, you’ll have to pay for a new one.
✓ You should always ask your hosts’ permission before bringing friends back to the house.
✓ Enjoy breakfast, packed lunch and dinner every day. Be sure you’re at home in time for dinner every evening! And to let your homestay hosts know if you miss a meal.
✓ Part of living abroad means you’ll need to try dishes you might not have tasted before. If there are certain food you really can’t eat for any reason, let the staff at St. George's know before you arrive.
✓ If you get hungry during the day, you’ll need to buy extra snacks for yourself.
✓ Your hosts will wash your clothes once every week. If you are older you might be asked to do your own washing so ask your homestay host how it works in their house.
✓ Always ask your hosts before using their home telephone to make a call. It’s usually easier to buy a prepaid phone card from the school office.
✓ Most host families have internet at home that you will be allowed to use. Respect their rules. You can always access the internet at your school. Ask your homestay host's permission to use the internet at home. Remember never to download any illegal material from the internet, either at school or your homestay.
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YOUR FREE TIME
Make the most of your trip abroad – explore in and around Worthing, go on a weekend adventure or just play a game on the beach. Our social activity programme and excursion weekly schedule is filled with fun activities for you to take part in. You’ll find a variety of day, evening and weekend excursions, events, sports, parties and visits to attractions including theme parks, museums and iconic landmarks. Everything you might want to see ready to be discovered and explored...
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Our aim is to make your cultural and English language experience as positive, unforgettable and valuable as possible. This is why you have many different members of St. George's team available to help with everything you might need.
Speak to office St. George's Team about any queries you have. We are here to help you with all aspects of your stay so pop in when you need help.
Speak to your teacher if you think you are in a class of wrong level. Your teacher will give you all the support you need.
We have a dedicated Administration Officer in our office St. George's Team who is available to talk to you about any concerns or questions you have regarding your accommodation. Pop in and we will provide all the support with your accommodatino you need.
Check the info board, /mypage or our Facebook for all the info about what is on. Speak to your Activity Organiser about activities and excursions you wish to book, or simply come and speak to office St. George's team about any queries you have.
OUR SCHOOL CODE
You deserve the best experience and to ensure you do, we have a school code.
Follow our guidelines for the experience of a lifetime.
Our school code was created together by St. George's team, leaders, teachers and students to make sure our school is a happy place to be, a place you feel welcome, safe, valued and respected, inspired and motivated.
It’s important that you follow our guidelines at all times.
You can read the full information in the Student Brochure however here is a brief:
✓ To ensure maximum progress, speak English at all times.
✓ Use the student lounge and the garden to socialise with other students, to practice your English and make international friendships.
✓ Actively participate in class and complete all homework.
✓ Attend all your lessons – you need at least 80% attendance to receive a certificate.
✓ Arrive to class on time – you won’t be allowed in if you’re more than ten minutes late.
✓ If you’re going to miss a class because you’re sick or for any reason, let the school know immediately.
✓ Keep your mobile phone switched off in class.
✓ Do not consume food or drinks during your lessons.
✓ Look after your valuables at school and outside school, we cannot be responsible for your things.
✓ Your property is special – and so is ours. Make sure you take care of the school furniture you use, any aids and your surroundings.
✓ Always treat your fellow students, staff and homestay hosts with respect.
✓ Most importantly, you must always follow all national and local laws.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I BREAK A RULE?
Our school code is important to us – but any national laws are much more serious. If you break any EF rules or local laws like persistent absence from class, disruptive behavior or a criminal offense, we reserve the right to terminate your course.