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Hastings is a fantastic place to study, but it is also a great place to live and play.

There is always something going on, whether it is the Seafood and Wine Festival, Jack in the Green, Pirates Day, or Mardi Gras.

The famous Hastings Pier re-opened last year and is always a hive of activity with open-air yoga, cinema screenings, a circus, and live music. To the east, you’ll find a glorious stretch of beach, with Europe’s largest beach-launched fishing fleet, the iconic black fishing huts, with views of the East Hill in the background. The Jerwood Gallery is a modern art gallery which offers a ‘uniquely British experience’.

Hastings is also packed with lots of fantastic restaurants for residents and visitors to enjoy tasty food.

We want you to have the best and most memorable time in Hastings, which is why we only provide you with somewhere friendly and safe to stay when you’re here.

We visited the Chies family for a quick cup of tea and a chat about what it’s like to stay with them.

Alberto and Satty Chies live very close to Hastings town centre and have been a host family with the college for just over 4 years. They have two children, Olivia (aged 7) and Lucca (aged 2½ ) and a cat called Billy. Alberto is a furniture designer and Satty is a careers adviser.

Satty said: “We love to welcome students, from all around the world, to come and stay with us. Each of them bring their own unique charm and character, which helps to fill our home with a feel-good buzz.

We live quite close to the town centre and have enough space for up to four students to live with us at once. We always encourage students to make themselves at home where they can come and go as they please and join in with family activities, whether it’s going out for walks, watching a movie at home, or choosing what to have for dinner.

We like to write the weekly menu on the black board in the kitchen so we can all look forward to dinner, and also swap anything the students aren’t too keen on. At the weekend we all love to bake, and when everyone gets involved, it is great fun.”

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