LAI offers both a host family programme and arrangements for a hotel stay. Both of these options are within walking distance to our centrally located school which is also connected to many bus routes. Bray itself is an ideally located seaside town in the suburbs of Dublin city which is just a short train or bus journey away. It has excellent facilities and ease of access to the city centre without the stress of city living. Among Bray’s attractions are a theatre, a leisure centre, sports grounds, a bowling alley, arcades and the jewel in the crown: the Victorian promenade. Bray makes the most of its seaside location as many of the town’s best restaurants and pubs can be found here. What’s more, Bray was also awarded the Purple Flag in 2014.Bray was also awarded the Purple Flag in 2014.
“Obtaining a Purple Flag shows that a town’s night-time economy offers clean and safe environments, great bars and clubs, a variety of arts and cultural attractions and excellent transport links.”
Read more about the Purple Flag and what it means here: 100ways
Host family programme
For a successful stay, we believe you need a friendly and comfortable home environment and at LAI Bray, we do our best to ensure it. We carefully select and regularly visit each host family, many of whom we have been working with for years. Our Irish host families will offer you their hospitality, a warm friendly environment and the opportunity for a true cultural exchange during your stay in Ireland.
We believe that total cultural and linguistic immersion by living with a host family is one of the best ways to get to know the culture of a country. As a student, you will enjoy this comfortable home-style experience yet still have your independence. While living with the family, you share the common areas such as the bathroom, kitchen and living room with the family, so it is essential to establish communication between the family and the students so that customs of the host family and their house rules and can be followed. Families are typically located within 30 minutes walking distance from the school.
Two options are available as to boarding. Our half board option includes breakfast and dinner each day and our full board option also includes a packed five piece lunch prepared by the host family. All dietary restrictions and allergies will be communicated to the family ahead of time to ensure a smooth experience.
The cost of living with a host family depends on board option, length of stay and on/off peak season.
There are a number of hotels within walking distance of Language Academy Ireland. Please contact the office if you would like us to make arrangements for your stay in one.