Local Link

Local Link is a scheme where we will arrange for you to be hosted for a meal by a local family. This is a chance to meet people who are not students, and to learn about family life and customs in England, and also gives you the chance to share your own culture with others

Who will be your host family?

All the families who are hosts for the local link scheme live in or near Lancaster and are members of various local church communities. They have registered with us because they are keen to meet young people from other countries and to know more about different cultures. They are committed to giving you a warm welcome during your stay in Lancaster. Some hosts are younger couples with no children, some have young children and others are older with grown up children. Other hosts are single people sharing a house together. Some hosts will have pets (animals such as cats or dogs) that may live either in the garden or in the house.

How do you register for Local Link?

Local Link is open to all international students, families and academics. If you would like to sign up for Local Link to meet a local family please Sign up here. Elspeth will then contact you within about 2 weeks with details of your Local Link host. The host will then contact you directly to arrange a date that is convenient for you to visit them in their home. They will tell you how to get to their house from the university or town or may sometimes be able to arrange to pick you up from your accommodation.