What is House my Student and how does it work?
House My student is an easy to use platform that provides accommodation for Students worldwide, whether Third Level, Postgrad students or on internship, language students or mature students, we hope to provide a home away from home with the perfect location near your college or university. Host families not only can provide accommodation but provide a wealth of experience to their culture, local area and amenities and help the student/lodger have rich experiences while staying with them for their academic term, work placement (internship) or program exchange.
House My Student offers flexibility, short term stays as well as long term lets. Maybe you wish to only offer Monday to Friday with your weekends free. Maybe a shared house is what you are looking for with hundreds of listing you can find that perfect match. The control and options are numerous with hundreds of listings close to colleges that hopefully match and suit your needs, for both Host and students alike.
Unlike most agencies Our services are completely FREE for our HOSTS 100% Free with no hidden costs.. Just upload your images of your accommodation/room you have available and find students looking in your area.
Earn regular income with up to 14k Tax free (each country is different). We require accommodation for students all year round.
Our students rent a room on average 1 to 4 months you simple provide information on your listing prices and dates you have available. When the student books their room 12.5% goes to house my student. Everything is arranged and set up beforehand so both parties are happy with the arrangements.
HOW THE PROCESS WORKS TO BOOK YOUR ROOM
1. We verify student/guest
2. Profile sent to host/family
3. If family likes profile of student/guest and all approved student can then book property/room and pay booking fee to hold that room for the arrival and departure dates agreed.
4. Student has 24 hours after approval to pay booking fee or it will go to next student interested.
5. Once booking confirmed, information of host and student/guest is given to each party.
6. On arrival student/guest pays full months rent up front and each month thereafter or weekly/daily of remainder of agreed period booked..
House My Student Mission Statement is “To take the hassle out of Hosting for students and familes worldwide, and provide a safe and simple platform to help with this process" We receive only 12.5% of total booking value and this is paid by the student. If the booking period is longer than 3 months we only receive 12.5% up to 3 months. We do not recieve anything for the periods after 3 months. We believe our deposit booking system is much more reasonable than other intermediation or hosting websites and we try to keep costs down for students and hosts alike. House My Student is just for students who need student accommodation while travelling, or studying abroad and want a safe place they can feel at home in.
At House My Student we will be donating a percentage of money for each booking, this will be donated to Unicef and Children in need Charites and the Homeless. House my student obviously intermediates between hosts and students but we wish to help on the way and not just receive service fees but contribute to the wider community on our journey. We wish to make House My student the largest platform for hosts and students worldwide and make each stay an extra ordinary one where friendships are made and help contribute to those that need it.
Who can apply for a room?
House my student provides its services to any student looking to book safe convenient accommodation with a family/host that is willing to provide their home/accommodation to that individual during their stay away from home where they will need a place to stay while they are studying. With hundreds of listings close to local amenities and universities simple sign up and start searching today.. Some hosts will also take working professionals and will be listed on their profile.
How long can I book a room for?
You can book a place from Monday to Friday and go home at weekends, book a place for over 6 months it is entirely up to you and the host. House My student is usually there for students for the duration of their Third Level or Postgrad studies. Students usually book for the full duration of their studies and this is arranged between themselves and the host with House My Student as a simple platform to arrange dates and premises that are available. Once you sign up you can put in dates that you wish to avail of and hosts have made it clear when they are available and what they have blocked off. Once you are happy with the dates available simple book directly online on our secrue booking system and the host will know that those dates are then blocked off for you. All information is then given to both parites and confirmation on dates of arrival and departure.
Who is living in the house?
You will be living in shared accommodation with your host(s) and other students if the property has more than one room on offer. Note that you will find more detailed information about the host on each listing/profile. The host does not have to be there all the time, but usually house rules are set out by the owner/host as to the way they like things done while you are staying there.
Will I have access to Kitchen, wash rooms living quarters etc?
Yes. You will have full access to all shared rooms, as designated by the host/homeowner. Access to kitchen and appliances for washing is usually standard etc.
Will I have a private room?
All our rooms are let on single occupancy or shared accommodation. Choose a single, double or twinned room. Pictures of the rooms, the facilities on offer and surrounding areas are provided usually in the profile and decription by the host. . The listing will have all the information you will need to make the best choice for you and you can also contact us directly with any queries you may have.
How Does the host/homeowner get paid?
Once you accept a request from the student the student/guest can then book the room you have on offer and the dates available. They pay 15% deposit (commission) off the total amount of rent to House my student to secure the booking. Then they pay the balance of 85% to you on arrival. Once the student guest has paid the deposit they will be given your details to contact you directly.
What's expected of me as a host/landlord?
A willingness to welcome your guest/student and show them all amenities and the run of the house i.e. cooking arrangements, washing arrangements various rules of the house etc. Obviously hosts/homeowners don’t have to be there all the time, but just to welcome the guest and help them with settling in and maybe information about the local area is always of great assistance to the student and helps make their stay much easier etc. Hosts can provide a light breakfast (at an extra charge or included in price) to guests/students such as cereals, tea/coffee, juice etc. You don't need to serve this, just let your guests/student know where everything is! Again, the host will provide all information within their listing on what they offer each host/tenant is different.
Do I need insurance for hosting guests?
Obviously, accidents can happen anytime, so for peace of mind you want to be prepared. We suggest you source some house/contents/liability insurance for any situations that might arise during a stay of a guest/student.
What about cooking?
Students will have access to the kitchen as well as all the necessary utensils to prepare their own meals. Hosts usually provide light breakfast or lunch at a nominal extra fee or can be free, each host/homeowner is different.
What about the laundry?
Your accommodation should have a laundry facility within the house, which you will have full access to for the duration of your stay.
Is linen provided for?
Usually a full set of bed clothing is provided by your host/homeowner, which will include usually bed sheets, pillows, and duvet.
Is WIFI available?
Wi-Fi is usually available in each accommodation. Ask your host and check profile/listing that WIFI is available.
Can I share a room with another student?
Again, there may be properties listed that offer this. Double rooms that two students are travelling together and looking for a property exactly like this. The options are numerous just sign up and search for your perfect student accommodation and room that is on offer.
Overnight guests are they permitted?
Overnight guests are not allowed at any time during your stay. Usually with prior consent from your host/homeowner you may have visitors during daytime.
What about cleaning?
The students are responsible for washing their personal clothes, towels, linen, washing their dishes after use and keeping their provided bedroom clean and tidy at all times. The cleaning rules of the shared areas are to be discussed with the host/homeowner, usually chores are shared between all occupants of the home.
What about smoking?
Houses listed on House My Student are usually strictly non-smoking. Please note that this also applies to the guest room provided for the student, but outside smoking is sometimes available and again on arrangement with the host/homeowner beforehand.
Do I need insurance for hosting guests?
Obviously, accidents can happen anytime, so for peace of mind you want to be prepared. We suggest you source some house/contents/liability insurance for any situations that might arise during a stay of a guest/student. Some hosts do ask for a security deposit in advance as well if really long term.
Do you have a phone number I can call?
YES As our priority is to provide a high-quality level of service, we will reply to student's queries by email mostly and the plaform was created that everything can be doen through the site, as it enables us to provide the fastest and most complete way to deal with responses. of course for any other queries on becoming a host or how to sign up for both student and hosts you may call one of our team on 089 2222 444.
Why do I have to provide a copy of my ID?
A copy of your ID is required for security reasons only. It will be forwarded to your host/homeowner upon confirmation of your booking.
Is my payment on your website secure?
Yes. We use PayPal and sum up as our payment provider, it is a highly secure payment method that you access through our website. Or you can phone our headoffice and book directly with ourselves and pay by card.
When can I contact the host?
You can contact the host as soon as the booking is finalised. You will then receive the contact details of your host: full name, the exact address, phone number and email address.Booking direcly through the website is safe and secure and whoever books room first gets that place and it is held for you until you arrive. The host will block of the calender and when you arrive you pay them the total monthly rent and each month there after or time period agreed.
How much is charged?
Room prices vary. If you are unsure about how much you should charge, we recommend that you have a look at other properties in your area and see what they charge. We have demand for long-term and short term bookings so you should set up weekly and monthly prices. Monday to Friday charges etc. NOTE: a light breakfast should be included in the price. If you offer other meals for a charge you can make this clear on your profile Some hosts also like to have a deposit of some sort as well. It is your profile so you can put whatever information you wish the potential guest/student see. on average 100 to 150.00 per week. 400 to 600 per month for a room and each host is diffeent with different house rules so please read profiles carefully. Some offer breakfast lunch etc some don't each host/family is different as each student/guest is different.
Is the service fee refundable?
In the unlikely event of booking cancellation by the host or if a host breaching the terms and conditions, the service fee is immediately refunded to the student. Under any other circumstances, such as a cancellation or no-show by the student, the service fee is non-refundable. Please read terms and conditions carefully if a student should leave before agreed time period.
What if I need to leave the room before my end date?
In the case of an unexpected or early departure, students are required to give at let the host/homeowner know as soon asp and maybe dates when they are away etc.
Who can host/register on House my student?
Anybody who has their own home and has a spare room available for rent. Persons from anywhere in the world can sign up and get started. Only stipulation is that you are living in your home during the stay of the guest/student. You also must be of legal age within your country to rent out a room and if you are renting you need to check with your landlord over subletting out a premises/room. Checking with your local authorities that you do qualify and what you are entitled tax free or rent allowance scheme. In Ireland for example you are tax free up to 14,000 Euros. Each country is obviously different on how much you can be earning from renting before you pay Tax.
Why should I become a HOST?
Hosts not only can earn some extra money renting a space out that they are not using but can add great value to a student’s experience helping them adapt and feel secure in the local community, providing a home away from home is our motto at House My Student. Giving advice and first- hand knowledge on your local area is priceless to you new guest/student. You get to experience new people from other countries and their stories and cultures. Many long- term friendships are made and families from around the world get to know each other. Most Hosts families describe it as a very enriching experience. Families are usually so grateful that their son or daughter was made feel so welcome and had a safe place to stay being so far away from home. You can make your profile and your background attractive to various guests/students around the world uploading high quality photos and images of your home and family and even a video if you wish. Many reasons to become a host, so sign up free today, and get started with a few simple steps. .
How do I create a host account? 3 simple steps
1. Click on “Become a Host” the top hand right side of the Home Page.
2. Enter your email address and your password and you will receive an email from us to confirm your email address
3. Complete the sign-up process. Fill in as much information about yourself and your home/family and local area with high quality photos.
That’s it your property/room is now listed and students can see you profile & rates and dates you have available.
The student will contact you and if you like them, then accept them. Once a student confirms they pay a 12.5% booking fee which goes to House My Student and then student/guest pay you on their arrival.the price you have set.for your room. 100% of the total amount agreed for your room/premises is paid to the Host..
Simple. If you are having any difficulties at all. We can advise and give helpful tips on how best to present yourself and your home. When you are listed, we will review and notify you and tell you if everything is completed correctly. You can call the team on 089 2222 444 for any questions you may have.
How do I make my profile/listing look great?
Add info on your local amenities, pictures of surrounding areas, information on bus routes, trains and how far from various colleges always helps get more potential students/guests.
Add identity documents, this allows guests to see that your identity is confirmed and gives them more confidence when booking to stay with you.
The house and family description helps guests/students to get a better feel for where they might be staying. Are you a sporty family what are your hobbies, do you have a dog, how many children do you have etc.
High quality pictures of your home/property work best. People are visual creatures, so the better the quality of the images the more attractive your place will look to a potential student/guest. Pictures of the room available, the outside of the house and surrounding areas. Images of the kitchen and the living areas, and garden will attract more attention to your listings and typically results in more potential bookings.
You could add weekly, monthly, and single occupancy prices/rates to encourage guests to choose you and have you prices competitive for students. Offering a free light breakfast could make a student choose you over another family/host.
How do I make my student/guest feel welcome?
Ensure there is enough space for their belongings and the whole room is ready for their arrival. Bed linens etc are fresh and clean. Inform them when rooms will be cleaned etc.
Make sure their room is spotless on arrival and this is how you expect things to be kept.
Disclose in your listing what your expectations and general house rules are for cleanliness, washing of clothes food etc. The more information the better.
Help the student make sure he/she has everything they need and give advice on local transport and amenities and shops.
Ask them are they happy with everything and help in any way you can to make their stay as comfortable as possible.
Advise on cooking arrangements and access to shared areas in the house.
We also encourage you to spend some time with your guest/student to help them experience local culture and get a bearing to their new surroundings I.E local shops, bus routes, best areas to go to etc.
NOTE: Remember students will give reviews of their stay and how they found you as a host, and future potential guests/students will read these reviews. The better the experience the student has, the better their reviews will be and this of course helps attract more students and future bookings year after year.
How do I get paid?
The guest/student pays a 12.5% booking deposit of the accommodation total when they book your property/room. This is retained by House My student and is non-refundable to the student unless the student cancels their booking.
You’ll receive the rent total, directly from the student on arrival. Either cash or bankers draft or cheque. This can be arranged prior to the students arrival on how you would like to be paid. Large amounts of money are sometimes intimating to carry around and maybe an arrangement of a bank transfer is done, once the student sees their accommodation. This can all be finalized between you and student/guest prior to their arrival. You should include in your profile how you would like to be paid.
To avoid any scams, we advise that you make sure you have registered correctly with ourselves and final payment is made when the student sees where they are staying. Clear communicate between both parties pre-empts any foreseeable problems.
How to find students?
Students are looking for premises/rooms to rent constantly so all you need to do is enter your location and invite them to stay with you. Secure their booking before someone else. Note: you must register with HOUSE MY STUDENT first, before you can contact guests/students. Click above “BECOME A HOST” and start hosting today. Follow the easy step by step guide and upload your images and profile and students will then be able to book and contact you. You are able see the profile of the student/guest and let them know if you are available and then tell them to go ahead and book directly through the site. You can also search and see students who are looking on the site for a room or place to stay.
What if I feel unhappy with a guest/student?
If you have an issue with a Student, we would recommend that you come to an amicable agreement with your guest/student that is fair for both parties. If you feel that’s things are not working out we advise you to try and resolve differences and attempt to make things work for the remainder of the stay. Most things can be resolved and moving forward both parties have clear outlines and rules of the house/premises.
Is House My Student a safe platform to use? The safety of our hosts and guests is our priority.
We have a verification process in place where we ask that hosts verify their email addresses, phone numbers and an identification document such as a passport or driver's license or utility bill.
We review every profile in detail before allowing the listing to appear on the website and many hosts have been visited by ourselves.
Our hosts’ public profile will show their first name and won't give the specific location of their home. It will only show the general area in which their home is located. Guests will only receive their host’s full name, address, and contact details after they have made a confirmed booking and have paid their 12.5% booking deposit.
Students also need to give a detailed profile of themselves and ID such as passport or student card etc. Everyone is verfied before going live on the plaform and can only book a place when they have given all the correct information. House my student was created to take the hassle out of hosting and have a secure and safe platform for all concerned who are genuinely looking for accommodation with a host family and to help both the student and host have a great experience in the process. House My student is there to help with this process and make it as easy and as enjoyable as possible.
Please feel free contact us should you need any help. Although we are not party to the agreement we are always there to help and hopefully resolve any issues.
Any further questions or queries don’t hesitate to contact our team, we are here to help. Any questions we haven’t answered email us at firstname.lastname@example.org