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Live & Teach – The cheapest Homestay option in Beijing


  • Carefully selected families
  • Match homestays based on your preferences
  • Breakfast and dinner included
  • Cheapest Homestay in Beijing
  • Cultural Exchange and language exchange

Live with a Chinese family!

LTL homestay families are carefully selected in order to give students a warm and welcoming experience. Staying with a homestay family provides you with the opportunity to really use your Chinese once you finish your classes for the day. Whether you’re enjoying a meal at home, playing ping-pong with the neighbors or going on a weekend trip to visit relatives you’ll be living an authentic Chinese life.

Homestay families have 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 60 minute commute. Our homestay questionnaire form also ensures you are placed with a family compatible with your living preferences. This type of cultural immersion is an ideal way to begin your course of Chinese study.

Teach your homestay family!

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. For those who like children or have a passion for teaching this is a very rewarding experience and offers you a cheaper Homestay experience.

Students will spend six hours a week teaching basic conversational English in an informal setting. In return students get a discount on their accommodation and get a good language exchange opportunity. Students ought to either be a native speaker or have a high level of English (equivalent to a C1) to teach. Your host family will arrange the timing of the English classes for you and make sure they do not conflict with your Chinese classes at LTL.


Prices are listed for sample durations of the Live & Teach Chinese Homestay Program. All of our prices are in CNY. Download prices for other durations here.

Prices in CNY Type 2 3 4 8 12 Extra
Weeks Weeks Weeks Weeks Weeks Week
Live & Teach Homestays
Breakfast & dinner 2,665 3,664 4,441 8,217 11,325 944

Don’t want to teach English? Check out our standard homestay and shared apartment options.

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


  • Accommodation with a carefully selected Chinese Host family
  • Six hours of English teaching for your family per week
  • Available for fluent English speakers only
  • Own Bedroom in a modern apartment
  • Meals (depending on option) all days of the week
  • Vegetarian, vegan, and halal homestays available
  • Within 60 minutes 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 live & teach homestay families welcome students to stay with them throughout Chinese New Year. Read a blog post from an LTL regarding staying with a Chinese family during Chinese New Year. 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 live & teach 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. It might be necessary to switch to a standard homestay during that period though, as many families during that time want to celebrate, not study Chinese. LTL courses are offered throughout the year, have a look at our holiday schedule how classes are taught during Chinese New Year.

For a full quotation of if you have further questions, please Contact us


Chinese Homestays Beijing

My homestay is a couple in their 50s and their 12 year old son. I spend a lot of time practicing my Chinese with my family, especially the son, watching TV together while each doing our homework. I help him with his English homework and he helps me with my tones. Experiencing Chinese family life and food first hand has been very interesting. I really enjoy spending time with my family and would recommend a homestay to anyone who seriously wants to study Chinese.

– Jordan, Australia

James with Chinese host familyI spent two months at LTL during my university summer vacation. It was a fantastic experience that I’d highly recommend to others. It was great fun experiencing Chinese culture in a homestay and I don’t think it would have been possible for me to learn more mandarin than I did in a mere two months.

– James, UK


Three things about my family: fun, lively, and energetic. Dad is very chatty and mum takes me out to do a lot of things. I spend almost every weekend with them either at the grandparents, a museum or just walking around Beijing together. Their son is about the same age as me, so we go out together quite a lot and I met a lot of his friends which is great and again a lot of Chinese language practice.

– Tiare, Gilbert Islands

Two months homestay half board, small group class and survival kit

Other Options


  • Carefully selected and matched homestays
  • Close to the school
  • Modern Apartments
  • Half board and full board options

LTL homestay families are carefully selected in order to give students a warm and welcoming experience. 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 family will push you to speak Chinese whilst also gaining valuable insights into Chinese 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 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 more

Have a look at the LTL Mandarin School Sign Up Guide  for details on how to book a course.

Contact Us with your questions or Sign Up Now for your Chinese course.

Social Life at LTL

Social Life at LTLStudents enjoying lunch together at LTL Mandarin School in Beijing

  • Meet other students from all over the world
  • Great student community
  • School dinners, karaoke, drinks and many other activities
  • Climb the Great Wall together
  • Spend traditional Chinese Holidays with other students and LTL

Community is very important for us at LTL. Our students come from all over the world, with a very wide variety of backgrounds, language abilities and China experience but are all united in their passion for learning Chinese and discovering China’s culture. We study together, meet for dinners, join for drinks, explore China’s capital and hope to meet many friends along the way. Learning Chinese can be more fun than a holiday. Join one of China’s most international and fun communities while learning Mandarin in Beijing. read more


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 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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How to Sign Up

Know everything you need to know? Ready for your Chinese adventure? You can sign up online for your language course at LTL by filling out the form on our Sign Up page

If you want to learn about the LTL sign up process, you can download our LTL Sign Up Guide for step by step information.