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Beijing Homestay

Overview


  • Carefully selected and matched homestays
  • Close to the school
  • Modern Apartments in Central Beijing
  • Half board and full board options
  • Experience home cooked Chinese cuisine
  • Vegetarian, vegan and halal homestays available
  • Healthy and special dietary food options available


LTL homestay families are carefully selected in order to give students a warm and welcoming experience. Beijing homestay families will actively encourage you to speak Chinese and you will find yourself learning lots both in the classroom and at home. Living with a homestay in Beijing will push you to speak Chinese whilst also gaining valuable insights into Chinese life and culture.
In China, most socializing happens at the dinner table and eating with your homestay family will not just be an amazing culinary experience, but also provide valuable Chinese practice and life-long memories. Spending the weekends with your host family is a great way to gain an insight into Chinese culture, make new friends, and improve your Chinese.

Homestay families live in apartments within the CBD area of Beijing, making travel to the LTL campus fast and convenient. Most LTL homestays are within walking distance of campus, and all are within a 30 minute commute. This type of cultural immersion is an ideal way to begin your course of Chinese study and our homestay questionnaire form also ensures you are placed with a family compatible with your living preferences. LTL has a number of different food options available, including vegan and vegetarian Chinese homestays. If you have any other special preferences or requirements, just send us a message.


Options

  • Full board  – includes breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Half board – includes breakfast and dinner
  • Homestay only
  • Choose between standard, halal, vegan and vegetarian homestay options


Homestays are always a single room with a family in a modern furnished apartment and include TV in the common room, internet, air-conditioning and all bills. To maximize your chances to interaction with the family in mandarin, we do never place other students with you in the same family and your host family will only encourage you to speak Mandarin


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Pricing


Prices are listed for a sample selection of Beijing homestay durations. To see all prices, please download them here.

Prices in CNY Type 2 3 4 8 12 Extra
Weeks Weeks Weeks Weeks Weeks Week
Homestay No food 4,568 6,281 7,614 14,058 19,415 1,618
Breakfast & dinner 5,330 7,328 8,883 16,433 22,651 1,888
All meals 6,229 8,565 10,382 19,207 26,475 2,206

*Please note: all of our prices are in CNY.

View our prices (subject to changes in the exchange rate) in the following currencies: USD, GBP, AUD and EUR

Want to save money on accommodation? Have a look at our Live and Teach Homestays or shared apartments.


Includes:

  •  Accommodation at selected Chinese Hostfamily
  • Own Bedroom in modern Beijing apartments
  • Meals (depending on option)
  • Vegetarian, vegan, and halal homestays available
  • Within less than 30 minutes of travel time to the school.
  • Internet and Utilities
  • Prices above are for Sunday arrival and Saturday departure. If you need different arrival/departure dates, this can be arranged please contact us for details.

Chinese New Year is China’s most important holiday, when families gather to eat, celebrate, set of fireworks, and welcome the New Year together over the holidays. To live with a Chinese family during the holidays is an amazing experience, and will usually include a lot of food, family dinners, and fireworks. Many – though not all – LTL homestay families welcome students to stay with them throughout the holidays. As students are included in the many family outings, meals, and celebrations, homestay during this time always include all meals with the family and there is an additional 1,000 CNY Chinese New Year supplement. If you want to stay with a homestay over Chinese New Year, please make sure you book early as usually our host families are fully booked during that time of the year. LTL courses are offered throughout the year, have a look at our holiday schedule to see how classes are taught during the holidays.

Visas: As an accredited and recognized Chinese language school, LTL  is authorized to invite students to China for their course. Different visa fees and processes apply for each country, so please contact us for details.


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Testimonials


Amelie former LTL Mandarin student

I’m staying with a Chinese couple in their fifties who speak Chinese with me every day, which is great practice and helped me a lot to improve my spoken Chinese. They include me in family life for instance I’ve already attended two Chinese family weddings with them. I would not have had the chance to do this otherwise. The apartment is very nice, clean and centrally located. I also love the food.

– Amelie, Germany

 

Chinese Homestay BeijingI spent one month in China over the summer. This was my first time in China, so I was happy that the school helped out with many little things: they found accommodation for me, picked me up from the airport, provided a SIM card and a subway card. I stayed with a Chinese family who were very patient with my speaking Chinese, this really helped speeding up the language learning and getting to know the culture.
– Susanne (PhD Candidate, Harvard University)

 

William during Chinese classLiving with my family gets me to practice my Chinese a lot and I pick up vocabulary much quicker by speaking with them daily. I have a very nice single room, the quality of the apartment is very good and the location is very convenient. My host dad took me ice swimming last month, where he and his friends swim at Houhai Lake during winter. As it was -9C outside, I chose to watch and took some amazing pictures. It was an experience to be remembered.

– William, Canada


Charlie, UK, TV Documentary
A CCTV 4 film crew followed LTL student Charlie and his homestay family for two weeks.



Sonia from Indonesia talks about living with her Homestay Family
Sonia studied four months of individual Chinese classes at LTL, while living in a homestay half board.

 


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Other Options


Live & Teach Homestays

  • Carefully selected families
  • Match homestays based on your preferences
  • Eat with your host family
  • Conveniently located
  • Cultural Exchange and language exchange

With our Live & Teach option you get a discount on homestay accommodation for helping teach the host family’s children conversational English, while they in turn encourage you to speak Chinese. This is a great opportunity for cultural exchange as both you and your family can learn together. read more


Shared Apartments

  • Choose between large and small rooms
  • Share with other people studying or working in Beijing
  • Each room has a study area
  • Option for en-suite


Conveniently located and economical, shared apartments are a good way to live in Beijing. Every student gets their own private space where they can study and do homework without disruption after class. Sharing with other people is a great way to make long lasting friendships from the beginning of your stay.read more


serviced apartment

Serviced Apartments

  • Full privacy
  • Your own bathroom and kitchen
  • 25 minute walk to school or 10 minute bus ride
  • Restaurants, shops and ATM close by
  • Weekly cleaning service

Flexible and offering full privacy and independence, the serviced apartments are a great choice for anyone who want their own space to study and relax after class. While you have your own kitchen and two supermarkets downstairs, there are plenty of restaurants, a billiard club and other amenities in the area and the school is within walking distance.read more


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F.A.Q

 

Should I bring my homestay family a gift? If so, what kind of gift should I bring?

While it is not necessary to bring a gift to the Homestay, the family will appreciate it if you do. Usually gifts such as food, that are unique souvenirs from your own country, are a good idea.

Will the Homestay families talk to me to help me with my Chinese?

We make sure that all our Homestay families are carefully selected and are regularly visited by the LTL team. All of them are interested in foreigners, which is one of the reasons why they participate in our program. As such, they will talk to you and try to help you with Chinese as much as possible.

What if I want to go out in the evening? Do I have a curfew?

There is no curfew that you need to keep with the Homestay families and you are free to go out in the evenings. We recommend eating with the Homestay family as often as possible, as it is a good opportunity to practice Chinese, which most students choose to do. If you do wish to go out, please call the family beforehand and let them know, so that they don’t have to wait for you for dinner.

What happens if I'm not happy with something in my Homestay?

If there is something that you do not find satisfactory in your family, please make sure to let us know. We will either talk to the family or help you move to a new one, if needed.

Is there Wifi in the homestay? Is there a study desk?

There is Wifi in all the Homestay families. If you have specific requirements, please make sure to let us know on the Registration Form. There is also a study area in all the homestays.

Will I have my own bedroom and enough privacy? I want time alone to be able to Skype friends and family.

You will have your own room and privacy. The families respect the students’ need for privacy and will not enter your room without asking you first.

What is the quality of the Homestays? Are the toilets squat toilets and are the homes clean? Are the beds hard?

All the families are middle to upper class and live in modern apartmentsThe design and look of Chinese housing might differ from your home country, but the toilets are Western style and the houses are cleaned regularlyThe Homestays include modern facilities, such as heating, refrigerator, TV, internet and Wifi. Traditionally, Chinese people sleep on harder beds than in your home country. If there are specific requirements, please let us know on the Registration Form and we will help you.

What if I'm having trouble communicating something to my Homestay?

We recommend beginners to take Homestays, where the family doesn’t speak any English as it is a good way to practice Chinese. Most communication with the family will start with hand gestures and a few words here and there, and the harder you try, the faster you will learn Chinese. If you do wish for a family that speaks some English, it is possible to arrange as well. If there is something that you do however wish to say to your family but do not manage to, please let us know and we will help you communicate this.

Why is the Homestay option more expensive? Will I learn Chinese quicker? Will they explain Chinese culture to me?

In the Homestay, you do not just rent a room, you become a member of the family. It is a great opportunity to practice Chinese outside of class, as a result of which you will learn it faster. The family will talk to you, introduce you to Chinese culture and the culture of Chinese locals, and in many cases will take you around and/or introduce you to family members and others. The Homestay option also usually includes breakfast and dinner, and the home cooked meals are a culinary experience in themselves. For further information about the Homestay experience, please read Luke’s blog post.

I understand the culture is very different and I don't want to offend my Homestay family. What should I know?

Living in a different family can be challenging at first and you might be afraid to offend them if you ask for something. However, please do not worry to let the family know what you think. Chinese people are aware of cultural differences, and as long as you word it in a polite and respectful manner, you will not offend them. If you do have something that bothers you and you find it hard to explain, please let us know and we will help you to communicate with the family.

How many people are there in each Homestay family?

LTL believes in immersion as the best way to learn a language. As such, we make sure to never place more than one person in each Homestay family. This means that you will be the only student in your Homestay. If you wish to stay with a friend in the same Homestay, please send us an email and let us know.


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Contact LTL


If you have any questions regarding our destinations, courses, accommodation or even if you just want to say hello, we are always happy to hear from you. You can contact us using the form below or if you’d prefer, email us directly on info@livethelanguage.cn. Our team will normally be in touch within 24 hrs of receiving your message, although you may have to wait a little longer at weekends.

If you need to speak to us urgently, you can always give us a call on +86 10 5100 1269  for Beijing, or +86 21 3368 0866 for Shanghai, between 8.30am and 6.30pm local Beijing/Shanghai time.

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