for international students in Southampton and Winchester

Would you like to meet international students and welcome them to Southampton and Winchester?

Our Local Link scheme links international students with hosts from local church communities. Usually this involves inviting students for a meal in the host’s home. This year staying within current government guidelines and depending on the personal situation of the hosts, some hosts might offer a meal in their home, others meet up with students outside for a walk or others may feel happier to meet with them online.

Whichever way hosts are comfortable to be in contact with the students, this is a wonderful opportunity for international students to meet local Christians, to be welcomed and to learn about life in the UK. In the past international students have told us that their Local Link experience has been one of the highlights of their year.



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 a welcome 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 we ask you to meet with the students soon after the link has been made. We encourage hosts to stay in touch with students throughout the year.

We ask all new hosts to read and confirm that they agree with the Local Link – Code of Conduct for hosts and please do also read the Local Link – 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 be linked with International students 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.