for international students in Southampton and Winchester

Would you like to meet international students and invite them to join you for a meal together in your home?

Local Link is a scheme that links up international students and hosts from local church communities who offer a meal in their home.

This is a wonderful opportunity for international students to meet local Christians, to be welcomed for a meal and to learn about life and customs in England. In the past international students have told us that their Local Link experience has been one of the highlights of their time here, it can be hard for them to meet people who are not students or on their course.



Who can be a host?

We are looking for people to take part in this scheme who are committed Christians who are part of a local church and who would like to offer hospitality through a meal to international students studying locally. Hosts can be single, married, or part of a family and of any age.

What is involved?

We contact our Local Link Hosts at the beginning of each academic year to ask for confirmation of their availability in the coming year. Once international students start registering with us from mid-September, we link students with active hosts. Students do register with us throughout the academic year so we welcome new hosts registering at any time of the year.

You will usually be linked with two students and the commitment is to offer them one meal. The important thing from the student’s point of view is the contact with you as a host. You do not have to provide a three course dinner (!), a simple meal or a light supper (maybe including some typical English food) will be appreciated. We do encourage hosts to stay in touch with students and to invite and offer a meal again each term if possible.

We ask all new hosts to read and confirm that they agree with the Hosting Scheme – Code of Conduct for hosts and please do read the Hosting Scheme – Terms and Conditions that the students agree to when they sign up.

How to register as a Local Link Host?

If you would like to offer hospitality through the Local Link Scheme, then we ask you to fill in the online form below and we will then contact your referee before confirming your acceptance as a Local Link host.

If you have any questions about Local Link, please do contact us.