Overview

We pride ourselves on our Beijing Homestay programs and it’s not hard to see why. We select and work with our families very closely making sure you get the most out of your stay so that you can experience proper Chinese immersion.

This is a sure fire way to help immerse yourself into Chinese culture. You have the opportunity to propel your Chinese language skills ahead fast. Homestay’s are hugely popular with our students and encourage them to learn Chinese 24/7. Becoming part of a Chinese family in China will help bring out as much Mandarin in you as possible.

Dinner time at the Homestay

  • Become part of a Chinese family
  • Learn Chinese all day, every day
  • Breakfast and Dinner provided
  • Own bedroom with facilities
  • WiFi and bills all included
  • Explore Beijing with your host family
  • Speed up your Chinese

    Speed up your Chinese

    Chinese Immersion – Learn Chinese all day and take it in
    Food – Talk over Breakfast and Dinner everyday
    Speak – Practice what you learned in class with your family
    Only you – 1 student per homestay

  • Relaxed and comfortable environment

    Relaxed and comfortable environment

    Selected Families – We choose each homestay carefully
    Real China – Become part of the family in their own home
    Bills and WiFi – All included for your convenience
    Helpful – Your host family, and LTL will always be here to help

  • Homestay Experts

    Homestay Experts

    Experience – Over 80% of our students choose the homestay
    Matched for you – We carefully place students and families together
    Choice – Vegetarian, gluten free, halal, vegan. Tell us your preferences
    Questions and Support – Any problems or worries, just speak to us

  • Experience China

    Experience China

    Fresh Food – Experience Chinese cuisine everyday
    Weekends and Weeknights – Travel with your Chinese family on trips and adventures every so often
    Day to Day living – Experience Chinese TV, music and plenty more

How to join a Beijing Homestay

  1. TOUCH BASE WITH US – Have a chat to us first and foremost. Let’s get to know exactly what you are after and we’ll advise and assist you with the process from here.
  2. TELL US MORE – Complete our Homestay Questionnaire on the website. This will allow us to place you with exactly the right host family based on your answers.
  3. ONE WEEK BEFORE ARRIVAL TO CHINA – You’ll receive information regarding your homestay along with a few pictures and their address. You are welcome to start contacting them as and when you want to.
  4. DAY OF ARRIVAL IN CHINA – If you’ve booked an Airport Pick up or Survival Kit our private driver will be on hand to collect you. If not, you can head to a taxi and show them the address for your homestay. Once you arrive at your homestay you will enjoy introductions with your new Chinese family and settle in. Your host family will treat you to dinner, and you’ll make your first steps with the Chinese language.
  5. FIRST DAY AT LTL SCHOOL – Your host family will take you to the school for your first day of class, so you don’t have to worry about getting lost. Come in, meet your fellow students and the LTL staff and get settled into life in Beijing.

Beijing Homestay Pricing

Duration % OFF No food Breakfast & Dinner All meals
1 wk 0% 2,474  2,887  3,374
2 wks -8% 4,568  5,330  6,229
3 wks -15% 6,281 7,328 8,565
4 wks -23% 7,614  8,883  10,382
5 wks -25% 9,339 10,895 12,735
6 wks -26% 10,992 12,824 14,990
7 wks -27% 12,575 14,670 17,147
8 wks -29% 14,085  16,433  19,207
9 wks -30% 15,525 18,112 21,170
10 wks -32% 16,893 19,709 23,036
11 wks -33% 18,190 21,221 22,651
12 wks -35% 19,415  22,651  26,475
13-52 wks -35% 1,618/wk  1,888/wk  2,206/wk

The table shows a full list of prices for our Host Family program in Beijing. All prices are shown in Chinese Yuan (CNY).

We are also happy to put you in touch with any previous students who experienced our Beijing Homestay’s if this helps put your mind at ease.

If you need further information just get in touch using our live chat or drop us an email.

What our students say

William Testimony for LTL
William
Australia

"My experience with the homestay program has been both beneficial and unique. My Chinese has greatly improved because of the immersive environment. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Beijing."

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William Testimony for LTL
William
Australia

My experience with the homestay program has been both beneficial and unique. My Chinese fluency has greatly improved because of the immersive environment and I have seized every opportunity to interact with my homestay family.

From one such interaction, I learned about the history of the father’s family, as well as his thoughts on the Chinese lifestyle (of course, certain discussions necessitate a degree of fluency, but you can quickly reach this level). I also spoke with the daughter about her job, favourite hobbies (yoga and skiing), and her interest in travel (she loves America). Hence, I have had ample opportunity to apply and improve my language skills while living with a homestay family. I also recommend writing down and defining any unfamiliar terms used by your homestay family, as I found this particularly useful for my learning, and was able to pick up common colloquial words.

Of course, a homestay is more than just interaction, you are living there for an extended period, and a comfortable environment is equally, if not more important. In this regard, I have also been very impressed with my homestay. The apartment is clean, the amenities well maintained, and my room is comfortable for study. Everyday I try to revise what new Chinese content I have learned and there is minimal noise pollution to disrupt me. Yes, I live beside a busy road, but you won’t catch any more noise than any other apartment block in Beijing (it’s a busy city). Moreover, my room is well heated, and the bed (while by no means perfect) is fine.

William and his fellow students celebrate Christmas

William and his fellow students celebrate Christmas

Finally, the food. While I can’t speak for every homestay, I have been consistently impressed with the quality and variety of dishes prepared by my Beijing family. These range from simple rice dishes with chicken or pork (very popular in China, expect to eat a lot), to more elaborate fish dinners (we had delicious prawns last night). But, my all-time favourite food is Xiao Long Bao (steamed meat dumplings). My only issue with food is that they frequently try and overfeed me!! However, I guess if you didn’t enjoy the food you could always just tell them in Chinese or bring your own food into your room (which I have had no trouble with).

So, while I can’t speak for everyone’s homestay experience, I can say that I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Beijing, facilitated by a comfortable homestay arrangement. Yes, the first few days are scary (they only speak Chinese, and you’ve never met them), but that quickly passes as you become more familiar with the environment.

Florian Testimony for LTL
Florian
Germany

"The ability to speak Chinese at the homestay, outside of class is invaluable and really speeds up your learning. I came to love and appreciate the little things about Angelina and her home. She was a really great help at all times"

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Florian Testimony for LTL
Florian
Germany

I stayed with LTL Beijing for 3 months and my experience at my homestay was exceptional. I was placed in Angelina’s (member of staff at LTL) homestay. When I arrived China I didn’t speak a word of Mandarin so I was fairly scared of just being lost in the big city. Angelina saved me on that fear and made my time on Beijing the best time possible.

The apartment was clean and at times and Angelina really put effort into keeping it clean and tidy even though her dog – Lucky – wouldn’t always support her on that!! Angelina was a really great help at all times and with all my concerns she’d endeavour to solve them. I didn’t feel lost or worried once during my time in Beijing and now finally feel like I am able to master all challenges of living in China independently.

I thank LTL and especially Angelina for that. Furthermore, the homestay was very flexible and easy going. At first I was concerned what “going back to living with parents” would be like, when it’s been a while since you’ve left your real parents / home. I was surprised how amazingly smooth a good relationship could be established while still living with freedom.

I really enjoyed and loved the experience staying with at Angelina’s homestay and would recommend anyone to take up the homestay option as well unless they have their own apartment to stay in. Personally, I would recommend a homestay over shared apartment. The ability to speak Chinese at the homestay, outside of class is invaluable and really speeds up your learning. I came to love and appreciate the little things about Angelina and her home and I am still thinking back on my time and the many wonderful situations that helped my learning. For that I want to thank LTL and especially Angelina and her boyfriend.

Savannah Testimony for LTL
Savannah
Australia

"They make really, really good food and do their best to make you feel comfortable. When I was sick Sun Xiao Ying took me to the hospital and waited through the lengthy process with me. They are a very, very lovely couple"

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Savannah Testimony for LTL
Savannah
Australia

Sun Xiao Ying and Lin Bai Le have been a fantastic home away from home. They make really, really good food and do their best to make you feel comfortable. When I was sick Sun Xiao Ying took me to the hospital and waited through the lengthy process with me. When you go out they make sure you know what bus or train you need to take. As long as you are respectful and helpful to them you will get the same and more in return.

They are a very, very lovely couple that really take care of you. I will really try to keep in touch with them.

Savannah with her Homestay Family in Beijing

Savannah with her Homestay Family in Beijing

Beijing city is all about convenience. Everything you need is close and you have variety. Every time you go out it’s an adventure, you discover hidden gems and so many places. You learn about the culture and meet new friends.

My LTL experience in Beijing was amazing, I came here with around 8 years of middle/high school knowledge of Chinese but every year I managed to be far below the average. I was not confident and I didn’t have enough opportunities to practice and solidify my Chinese. I came to Beijing with little to no confidence in my skill but being in the country and having to learn out of necessity, I surprised myself on my first day having a somewhat flowing conversation with my home-stay family.

The classes at LTL Beijing were fantastic, the teachers are friendly, flexible and helpful. What you learn in class you revise and practice outside of class with real people and real situations. You use your skill to communicate with locals but there are some students at LTL who can’t speak your language and you end up having to communicate in Chinese. I’m really pleased with how much I’ve learned here and would definitely consider coming back.

FAQs

Homestays are more expensive. Why is this?

A homestay is a unique experience that will allow you to experience Chinese immersion in Beijing. You are not just staying at a hotel, you become a family member here. You are fed authentic and local food everyday. The experience here is very different to that of a shared apartment and your language skills will benefit accordingly. On top of that the Homestay accommodation is generally of a higher living quality than some of the other accommodation choices.

Will there be other students sharing the homestay with me?

No, each homestay only includes one student. This allows the bond between family and student to be strong and the focus is on you. This allows for complete immersion which is the whole point in our Chinese Homestay Program. Your time at the homestay will consist of 100% spoken Mandarin.

If I want, can I stay with my friend at the same homestay?

We can arrange this if you so wish. Speak to us and we will work with you accordingly although homestays maximise their potential when it’s one student per household.

Do I have to join for Breakfast and Dinner every day?

That is no problem. However, we’d advise inform your family beforehand.

What about the language barrier for important things like Police Registration?

This is part and parcel of the homestay. Embrace it rather than fear it. You will find a solution, whether it be via a dictionary app, or persistence. Plug away, you will find a compromise. That said if it is of major importance you can contact us at LTL, your student advisor or a friend and we can assist. This is why a homestay is so great, you find solutions you never thought were possible.

How do I get to school?

Your homestay will take you to school on day 1. The journey time is on average 30 minutes and pretty convenient. From then you decide how you wish to travel whether it be by foot, bike (Ofo and Mobike are hugely popular shared bike apps in China), Beijing Metro, Bus or Taxi.

Can I lock my bedroom door for privacy?

Yes you can no problem.

Is there air conditioning and heating?

Yes there will be both air conditioning and heating.

What sort of food can I expect to eat?

A whole variety of local, authentic Chinese dishes will be at your disposal. Your host family will prepare dinner every evening for you. Anything from homemade dumplings, noodles, different kinds of meats and many more. The cuisine is delightful and we are convinced you won’t be disappointed.

Can I request a smoke free homestay?

Of course you can. Any queries you have we will cater for when selecting your homestay family.

Will I be able to wash my clothes?

Yes you will and in many instances your host family will offer to do this for you. Each homestay family will have access to a washing machine.

Other Options

  • Teach English Homestay

    Beijing

    This is a great budget option which still allows you to live with a Chinese family and become part of the family. Teach English, live with a Homestay and save 50% on the cost of a standard Homestay.

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