Many students at d’Overbroeck’s, both from the UK and abroad, live with host families for all or part of the time they are studying with us. These families are carefully selected; we know where students live is essential to the overall experience of being at a school, particularly if they are studying a long way from home. d’Overbroeck’s has been housing students with local families for over 30 years and a quarter of them have been with us for over ten years so we have developed excellent relationships.
Next year we will have around 40 host families offering offer between one to six rooms all located within a ten-minute walk or bus journey to school. These families must meet very selective criteria. Besides the usual police checks, fire safety and safeguarding checks, we ensure they are choosing to host for reasons beyond financial remuneration. Inevitably, being North Oxford, they are usually professional people (we have three Oxford professors this year) who, besides offering pastoral help, are also able to provide good academic advice whether straightforward subject assistance or even help with the UCAS personal statement.
Students living with a host family can expect a welcoming environment, and we are in regular communication with our host families, the student and student’s parents to ensure that their time is a happy and productive one. As you would expect our families meet all of the safety and safeguarding regulations required by the government