Our Homestays

The homestay program is the heart and soul of LTL Mandarin School.

We strongly believe that to learn a language you have to Live The Language (LTL) and the best place to do so is at home.

Living with a Chinese family is not only a unique cultural experience, but also incredibly valuable for improving your spoken Mandarin. An LTL homestay comes with a private bedroom, WIFI, air-con, heating, amazing food and unique cultural experiences.

80% of LTL students in Beijing live with one of our host families.

Homestay in Beijing

  • Experience real Chinese life
  • Speak Mandarin every day
  • Outstanding food
  • Breakfast and Dinner
  • Private bedroom
  • WIFI, bills etc. included
  • Once in a lifetime experience
  • Learn Mandarin Fast

    Learn Mandarin Fast

    Speak - Use the Chinese you learned during class at home every day
    Learn - Be fully immersed in a Chinese cultural environment
    Listen - Hear Mandarin spoken at home all day
    Enjoy - Feel your progress as you can speak more with your family every day

  • Chinese Culture

    Chinese Culture

    Family life - Experience life with a local Chinese family in Beijing
    The real China - Far away from the expat bubble and other foreigners
    Full immersion - Only one host student per family
    Free time - Meet the extended family, join family trips and outings

  • Amazing Food

    Amazing Food

    Home-cooked - Prepared fresh every day at home
    Healthy - Adjusted for income, nobody lives longer than the Chinese
    Varied - A Chinese family will eat three to five different dishes each meal
    Options - vegetarian, vegan, gluten free etc. options available

  • Safe & Trusted

    Safe & Trusted

    Experienced - Live with a long term homestay with years of experience
    Caring - Have a family to help you settle into and get around Beijing
    Welcoming - Feel at home and safe in a country far away
    Certified - All families are regularly inspected by the LTL team

LTL Homestays in Beijing

LTL is all about Chinese language immersion, and our homestays are a very important part of this. Living with a Chinese family means that you will speak Mandarin every day when you come home from class. At the same time you will get an insight into real Chinese life, meet local Beijingers, and get the opportunity to make Chinese friends. Living with a Chinese host family will also give you access to a part of China that very few foreigners in Beijing ever get to see – there is no better way to truly Live The Language than a homestay.

The Homestay apartments

Our host families live in comfortable, modern apartments in central Beijing. You will have full access to all facilities at home, including the kitchen – though our students are usually given so much food that very few ever use it. You will have your own private bedroom, either with a private or shared bathroom. All host families have air conditioning, heating, WIFI etc at home and all bills are already included in the price.

Locations

Most of our homestays are within walking distance of our school in Beijing’s Central Business District. For the families where you take the metro or bus to school, travel time is almost always less than 30 minutes, and we guarantee it takes never more than 45 minutes to school.

Pricing (Chinese Yuan)

It is possible to stay with a Chinese homestay family for as long as you want, whether that’s one week or a full year. Below are the prices for a few sample durations and you can find our full pricing pdf here

Number of Weeks Breakfast & Dinner Homestay
1 week 2,935
2 weeks 5,698
3 weeks 8,298
4 weeks 10,742
5 weeks 13,037
6 weeks 15,188
7 weeks 17,204
8 weeks 19,089
9 weeks 20,849
10 weeks 22,491
11 weeks 24,020
12 weeks 25,440
13-52 wks  +2,120 / wk
extra night 489 / night

Includes:

  • Accommodation with a real Chinese family
  • Your own private bedroom
  • Desk, bed and linen provided
  • Real immersion: only one student per family
  • WIFI, heating, air-conditioning and all bills
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to all facilities

Options available

  • Vegan, vegetarian and gluten free
  • Halal, Kosher and other special dietary requirements
  • Teenager friendly: specially-selected families for minors
  • English: if you want you can request a family that speaks some English too
  • It is possible to book a homestay without food if someone wants that, in this case there would be a 10% discount. Though we do recommend going for the above options with food as meal time is great for sitting down with the family and practising your Chinese.

Note: As always with LTL there are no extra charges or additional fees. You will not be charged an accommodation finding fee, registration fee, high season supplement or any other ridiculous “fees” that some companies come up with.

 

Student Stories

What our students say

Martin Testimony for LTL
Martin
UK
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"I won’t lie, the first few hours were overwhelming – it was the most Mandarin I’d ever heard out of a lesson environment. I unpacked and I felt much more relaxed."

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Roberta Testimony for LTL
Roberta
Italy
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"The homestay was almost perfect! The first days were incredible with my host family passing the time with me. They all really let me feel like I was a part of their family."

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Florian Testimony for LTL
Florian
Germany
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"I stayed with LTL for 3 months and my experience at my homestay was exceptional. The apartment was clean at all times and Angelina really put effort into keeping it clean."

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Savannah Testimony for LTL
Savannah
Australia
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"My homestay family (Sun Xiao Ying and Lin Bai Le) were fantastic and a home away from home for me. I’m really pleased with how much I’ve learned here and would definitely consider coming back."

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William Testimony for LTL
William
Australia
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"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 to more elaborate fish dinners"

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FAQs

How do you select your host families?

Ever since we started LTL homestays have been at the core of our school philosophy, and LTL students have lived with homestay families since the first day the school opened. Our first homestay family were the friends of an uncle of one of our teachers. Our second family were their neighbours. The concept of being a homestay is quite alien to most Chinese and a well-off family in Beijing would usually never allow some foreigner they don’t know to live with them. That is why all our families come to us via a personal connection. They might be friends and relatives of our team or friends of one of our existing homestay families. We know all of them personally, visit regularly and spend a lot of time maintaining a long term good relationship, which is why they welcome our students into their homes. When you choose a homestay, please help us to continue that relationship by being considerate and friendly.

How will I wash my clothes?

All families have a laundry machine. Depending on the family they will either do the laundry for you or show you how you can do it yourself.

Will I get a key?

Yes you will.

Can I lock my room?

Yes you can.

Can I come home late at night?

As an adult you can come home and sleep at any time you want. However, please make sure you are quiet and do not wake other family members up when getting home late.

Can I bring someone home to stay overnight?

No you cannot.

How will I be matched to a homestay family?

After you’ve booked your course, we will ask you to fill out a registration form where you will tell us a bit more about you and your preferences for your homestay family. Based on this and many years of experience we will match you with a suitable homestay family.

Can I have a smoking or non-smoking family?

Absolutely yes you can. Please indicate your preference in the homestay registration form.

Will I receive information about the family before I come to Beijing?

Yes, you will. We will send you the homestay family’s details and a few pictures in the week before your arrival.

Should I bring a present?

While you are definitely not required to bring anything at all, presents in China are generally always well received. If you do want to bring a present, anything from your home country that is not available in China, like local food, a picture book or souvenirs can be a good idea.

Tip: during your time in China you will most likely meet quite a few people who will have gone out of their way to help you with your life here and whom you might want to thank in some way. Bringing a couple of “back-up presents” from home can be a good idea.

Can I change the homestay?

While it is extremely rare that someone requests to change family – the last time this happened was in 2015 – it is possible to change families at any time if you are unhappy.

I don’t study at LTL, can I still apply?

No you cannot. We spend an enormous amount of time and work managing our homestay network and our host families are in very high demand. For that reason we can only offer our homestay accommodation to full time LTL students. Full time means studying at least 20 hours a week, either in a small group or individual Mandarin program.

Can I see some pictures?

Yes of course you can. Have a look at our homestay gallery.

How will I get to school on my first day?

On the first day of class your homestay family will show you the way to school and if necessary pick you up afterwards again as well. On a beginner course starting date please make sure you get there at 8am for the welcome breakfast. Otherwise, please arrive about an hour before you start class, so we can show you around a bit. On this site you can find a list of all our beginner Chinese course staring dates in Beijing.

I still have some questions – what should I do?

Just ask us, by sending us a message via our contact form or an email directly to [email protected] You will usually have a reply within a few hours and you’ll never have to wait more than 24 hours during working days.

Other Options

  • Apartments

    Housing

    The LTL apartments in Beijing are located only 30 minutes travel time from the school in a modern housing complex right next to the subway. Shared with local Chinese students this is a great budget option that offers you maximum freedom.

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  • Teach English Homestay

    Housing

    Learn Chinese and teach English while staying with a Chinese family. You will teach one of your family members English for six hours a week and get a 50% discount on the homestay fee.

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