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Live & Teach Homestays in Shanghai


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  • Carefully selected families
  • Each student matched to their perfect homestay based on their preferences
  • Daily breakfast and dinner included
  • Cheapest homestay experience in Shanghai
  • 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 Mandarin outside of your classes. Whether its eating a delicious homecooked meal, playing table tennis with the neighbors or going on a weekend trip to visit relatives, you’ll be living an authentic, local Chinese life.

We have Homestay apartments located throughout the downtown area of Shanghai, making travel to the LTL campus fast and convenient. Many LTL homestays are within walking distance of campus, and all are within a 45 minute commute. LTL’s homestay questionnaire also ensures you are placed with a family that suits your needs and living preferences. This accommodation option will allow for real cultural immersion and is an ideal way to begin your Chinese learning experience.

Teach your homestay family!

Our Live & Teach program gives you 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 both language and cultural exchange that will benefit both you and your homestay family. For those who like children or have a passion for teaching, this is a very rewarding experience and financially, is an attractive option.

Students will spend six hours a week teaching basic conversational English in an informal setting, usually in the homestay. Students should either be a native speaker or have a high level of English (equivalent to a C1 level) to take part. No teaching experience is necessary, just a friendly face and willingness to pass on your language knowledge. 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.

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

Feel free to Contact Us with your questions.


Prices are listed for sample durations of the Live & Teach Chinese Homestay Program. All of our prices are in CNY. For an exact quote of a program for a specific duration, please contact us.

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.


  • Accommodation with a carefully selected Chinese Host family
  • Six hours of English teaching for your family per week
  • Own Bedroom in a modern apartment
  • Daily meals (options of half board and full board)
  • Vegetarian, vegan, and halal homestays available
  • Within a maximum 45 minute commute of the LTL school.
  • All Internet and Utilities

Note: Prices above are for Sunday arrival and Saturday departure. If you need different arrival/departure dates, please let us know.

Chinese New Year is China’s most important holiday. It’s when families get together to eat, give gifts, celebrate and set of fireworks. To live with a Chinese family during the holidays is an amazing experience and always includes a lot of food, many 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, and our homestay program includes all meals, 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 our host families become fully booked very fast.

Note: It might be necessary to switch to a standard homestay during that period [not Live & Teach], as many families during that time want to celebrate, not study English. LTL courses are offered all year round but please have a look at our holiday schedule to see how classes are scheduled during Chinese New Year.

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

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 Shanghai
  • Each room has a study area
  • Option for en-suite

Conveniently located and economical, shared apartments are a good way to live in Shanghai. 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

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.

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.