Our Local Link scheme is re-opening in Autumn 2020. Please revisit this page at the start of the Autumn term, when registration will be open.
Would you like to meet local people and be welcomed to Southampton and Winchester?
Local Link is a scheme that links you with local people who want to welcome you to Southampton and Winchester. This year staying within current government guidelines and depending on the personal situation of the hosts, some hosts might offer you a meal in their home, others might arrange to meet you outside for a walk or others may feel happier to meet with you online
This is a wonderful opportunity to meet local people who are not students, to learn about life and customs in England and gives you the chance to share something about your own culture with others.
Who will your hosts be?
All of our Local Link Scheme hosts are asked to keep to our Local Link – Code of conduct. All hosts live in the Southampton or Winchester area, are members of local church communities, and are required to provide a reference. They have registered with us as they are keen to meet International Students and Scholars from other countries, to learn about different cultures and are committed to giving you a warm welcome during your stay in Southampton or Winchester. Some of the hosts are single, some are married younger couples with or without children, some are older married couples or single people. They live in different areas of Southampton and Winchester– some may live in flats, and some in larger houses with gardens. Some hosts will also have pets (animals such as cats or dogs).
Who can register for Local Link?
Local Link is open to all international students over the age of 18, visiting scholars, families and academics. If you would like to sign up for Local Link to meet local people and be welcomed by them, please complete the registration form which will be available when the scheme reopens. We will then contact you within a month with details of your Local Link hosts. Your hosts will then contact you directly (via email, telephone or letter) to arrange a date that is convenient for you to meet with them, this may be in person or online. They will give you information about where to meet them or how to connect with them online.
We ask all those who register to be linked with local people through our Local Link scheme to read and keep our Local Link – Terms and Conditions.