Become a Host Family

We operate the Biggest Network of Verified Host Families in Ireland. More than 650 Families in Dublin, Cork and Galway trust Homestay Ireland to source International Students for their homes.

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+353 (0)1 558 3813

6 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Dublin | Cork | Galway

We have International Students coming to these 3 Counties All Year Round, from 1 week to 1 year. We will match your requirements with the student.

Why to Become a Host Family?

Welcome New Traditions

If you are a host family, you are welcoming a diversity of language, cultures, and personal experiences at your home. This will also make you grow your personal life and the life of all your family members.

Lifelong Acquaintance

Many host families and students remain long-term friends. Some students are coming back to visit the host family for a holiday or for a weekend and the family can as well go and visit the student in his country.


Learn a New Language

The student will definitely improve his English being immersed in a host family. However, it can be an opportunity as well for the family to learn the basics words or sentences of the student native language.

Additional Revenue

If you are also looking to do some renovations at your home but you do not wish to touch your holiday savings account, being a host family can solve it.

Choose your Availability

You can’t host any student for a particular time? Having a friend over, going on Holidays or any other personal reasons? Just inform our staff.

Exchange experience for your offspring

This is a good opportunity for the kids to expand their mind and views while growing up, to learn to accept and share a house with a person from a completely different culture.

Years of Experience

Student Weeks P/Year

Verified Host Families

Frequently Asked Questions

Only one of our family members is Irish, is it still possible to host?

Yes, it is. We welcome diverse families as far as the main language spoken in the house is English.

For how long should I host a student?

We place students according to your preferences.

We provide short term students (2 – 6 weeks), medium-term (2 – 4 months) or long term students (5 months up to 1 year).

In case of an Accident / Illness / Emergency, who do we contact?

There is an emergency number for all our host families that will be provided to you once you become one of our hosts.


Maria F. | Cork 

“I have been hosting International students in my home for the past 20 years and I find hosting with HSI is a very positive experience as I always feel fully supported by everyone at HSI”

Janet T. | Galway

“HSI are a very professional business. I have been a international student accommodation host for the last number of years and I love to work with HSI. Their staff are very professional, friendly and always stay in contact with you. If I ever have any questions or query’s regarding my students, they are always on hand to help. Payment is always on time and will let you know exactly the correct amount you will receive. 

If you are considering keeping international students, I would thoroughly recommend this company as they will always match the student to your home. In fact, I am still in contact with a number of students that has stayed here previously.”

Caroline M. | Drogheda 

“As first time dealing with your agency, I must thank you for prompt replies, support service, payment as promised.

Overall I would highly recommend you all, hope to do hosting with you again.

And I’m looking forward to host more students from HSI in the near future.”

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