Homestays in Malta
a homestay is an affordable alternative to renting an apartment
There are few hostels in Malta and apartments for short let can also be hard to find. You will find that renting an apartment on short let (less than 6 months) works out to be rather expensive.
As an affordable alternative, many Maltese families welcome students and travellers into their home. Hence, the name ‘host families’ or ‘homestay’.
These friendly accommodations have been enjoyed by many holiday makers and students over the years.
The hosts who have experience in welcoming many international guests into their homes can guide you with tips on places to visit and to help you settle into the Maltese way of life fast.
For more information about staying in a homestay accommodation have a look at our frequently asked questions page.
What you can expect when staying in a homestay
Staying with a Maltese host family is possibly the best way to come to understand the Maltese culture and traditions. This experience is the preferred option for many travellers to Malta as an alternative to staying in an impersonal hotel room.
It is also an excellent opportunity to practice your English and make new friends.
It is a kind of halfway house between ‘living-in’ as part of a Maltese family and ‘renting solo’ for total privacy.
Twin shared or single rooms
The residences of so-called ‘host families’ are licensed by the Maltese government and are inspected regularly. The certified homes offer comfortable, clean, spacious rooms.
Reservations for host family accommodation can be made in either a single room for you alone or in a twin room.
In a twin room you would share your room with another guest of the same gender. This is a cheaper option in case you are travelling alone but wish to share a room as a cheaper alternative to reserving a single room.
Homestay on self-catering, bed and breakfast or half board basis
Students or other visitors like yourself may rent a homestay room on either bed and breakfast or half board basis with breakfast and dinner included at very reasonable rates.
If you prefer more independence you may also choose to reserve a room on self-catering basis and prepare your own meals.
The bathroom is usually shared between guests but some host families might offer a bathroom for sole use.
Guests over the age of 18 are given a house key and are free to come and go. However, bringing friends along to the home is not permitted.
You will be provided with bed linen and towels and the families usually take the guests’ laundry for washing once per week included in the price.
Reserving a room directly through this web portal, thus without a travel agency or a language school taking a commission, means a further saving.
Contact us to reserve your room! We look forward to welcoming you any time soon!