Host families, residences, hotels, for groups or individuals.

Verified accomodation options 

Vacances Actives Linguistiques provides high quality accommodation options that are inspected and tailored to suit the needs and budget of travel groups for their language stay in France:

  • Host families to completely soak up the language and culture, the ideal solution for French students. 
  • Residences and hotels located near the tourist attractions and French schools.
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Agency specialized in language and cultural stays in France

Half-board and catering

All our stays include half-board accommodation (unless otherwise requested). We have a wide variety of carefully chosen eateries: classic restaurants, brasseries, cafés, fast food outlets, sandwich shops etc. All our partner caterers can accommodate groups and are hand-picked to suit the group’s travel budget, tastes, itinerary and schedule (standard days, day trips etc.).

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A language stay in a French host family

The perfect solution for language immersion 

Staying with a French host family is the perfect option for students and learners on a language stay who want to improve their skills in Molière’s language faster, make friends for life and soak up the culture to the max. You live, speak and eat French! 

V.A.L. provides host family accommodation 

  • Throughout the length of your stay 
  • For a few nights on a regional stopover

Staying with a host family is a chance to have everyday cultural experiences and give your French lessons an extra boost! VAL chooses host families for students and leaners based on their experience hosting young people and their love for hospitality, welcoming visitors and spending time with them.

How does host family accommodation during a language stay work? 

In terms of language stays for school children or students, it tends to be groups of 2 or 3 young people per family (1 bed per person, exclusions apply). Tour leaders can request single room accommodation (extra charge). 

These families tend to have spare bedrooms as their own children have left to study elsewhere. What motivates them is learning about new cultures or having some youthful energy in the house.

How are host families chosen?

All host families are inspected on a regular basis in person by our teams to ensure their home complies with our partners’ criteria for high standards. We ensure young people stay in safe and comfortable accommodation with the ultimate in trust, hospitality and hygiene.

We carefully choose our host families based on:

  • location: near a metro, bus or tram stop
  • accommodation capacity
  • interpersonal skills
  • adaptation to learners’ health and religious requirements

    Our specific criteria to select and assess French host families :

    accommodation location and public transport links

    bedroom for students in the apartment or house: standard room with one or more beds, a cupboard, desk or table, one or more chairs, bedside table and Wi-Fi

    motivation to host a “foreign student” in their family

    interest in learning about different cultures and communicating 

    experience hosting visitors.

    What are host families required to do?

    Host families must provide accommodation and balanced meals (breakfast and dinner). Our foodie visitors love the famous all-butter croissant and jam! 

    The house must be cleaned at least once a week. Towels are provided and replaced weekly, bed linen is changed weekly. Students are given a set of keys on arrival.

    Enhanced safety measures

    Families take cleanliness to the next level in their homes to welcome guests in the best health and safety conditions. They apply the following measures:  

    • Daily cleaning using effective disinfectant products (bleach, 70% alcohol, white vinegar, black soap).  
    • All rooms in the house are aired several times a day. 
    • 24 hour time-out between students to aerate and disinfect the room. 
    • Household linen washed at 60° (sheets, towels etc.) at least once a week.
    • Washing facilities, switches, door handles, remote controls and bannisters cleaned daily.

    A language stay in a residence or hotel

    All the hotels, residences, hostels and accommodation centres provided by VAL are inspected and visited by the team on a regular basis. Prices are negotiated to be as fair as possible. All rooms are provided ensuite (unless otherwise requested). 

    Rooms are:

    • Dorms for students (4-6 beds) 
    • Single or twin for adults. 

    All accommodation centres provided by V.A.L. comply with the government’s safety guidelines.

    Residences for students and schools 

    We choose our residences and youth hostels to accommodate school groups on language stays based on:

    • Comfort: all rooms are ensuite
    • Capacity: 2-6 bed dorms
    • Location: public transport links, lovely and lively neighbourhood
    • International links: they are multicultural and bring travellers from all over the world together

    Our Paris partners include:  FIAP Jean Monnet, CISP Kellermann, Résidence Internationale de Paris, Generator, FOL 17 and many more.


    V.A.L. has a fantastic network of hotel partners. There are Accor hotels (Ibis Budget, Ibis Rouge etc.) and lovely city centre hotels alike. Our team inspects comfort, hygiene, ease of access and international standards in place to ensure our visitors get the level of service and hospitality they expect. 

    Choosing a hotel provides our learners on a language stay in France with real independence.


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