Host Family

Host Family

Living with an ISI Host Family is the perfect way to improve your English, and engage with local cultures and traditions.

Why Choose an ISI Host Family?

Host families provide comfortable, cosy accommodation as part of your stay, with single or room-sharing options available. ISI Host Families are visited by our accommodation team in advance of hosting students, and they are each Garda vetted (police checked). Students are placed with families according to their preferences and dietary needs. ISI accommodation staff offer a full support service for students to help with any questions or concerns, and are available to meet you directly on site when required.

Staying with a host family is a preferred option for the vast majority of ISI students. It provides convenience to students enrolled in an intensive course looking to improve their English quickly, and for students interested in creating a second home here in Dublin - whatever reason you have for studying at ISI, our host families are here to help every step of the way.

Students can avail of our 'full board' option with their host family, meaning breakfast, a packed lunch, and an evening meal, Monday to Sunday for the duration of their stay. Alternatively, students can avail of our 'half board' option, meaning breakfast and an evening meal, Monday to Friday, and breakfast, small lunch, and evening meal on Saturday and Sunday.

Where Are ISI Host Families Based?

The majority of ISI students stay with host families located in Dublin City's suburbs, there is of course an exception for students engaged in our High School Programme who are placed depending on their choice of school (for information specific to High School, click here). Students can expect to commute for up to 45 minutes by public transport to the city centre, where both of our centres are no more than a 5 minute walk from their respective stops.

ISI Host Family Options

See below for our detailed list of rooming options available with our hand-picked host families.

  • Full-Board, single room
  • Full Board, shared room
  • Half-Board, single room
  • Half-Board, shared room

Our host families will happily cater for any special requirements you may have, provided our team are informed in advance during the booking process. If you're interested in learning more about living with an ISI host family, email

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