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Learn French in Le Gosier: Accommodation

Please note accommodation is NOT of the same standard as European/US citizens generally experience, please expect something more basic than you are used to.

French hosts/Private household

  • Open to 18 yrs + students
  • Single rooms
  • Shared rooms (if travelling with a friend)
  • Half-board (Breakfast & Evening Meal)
  • High season supplement applied Sept/March

The student has a room in the family home. This room generally has a fan, only a few hosts have air-conditioning. The host will supply, change and wash bed linen every week. Facilities are available for students to do their own laundry. Hosts ask that students bring their own towels. Each room is individually and simply furnished. It is possible for two students travelling together to share a room, but only a limited number of families offer this option. Normally, two students (single rooms) who speak the same mother tongue will not be placed in the same family, but we can’t always avoid this during the peak months of the year (November, January, February & March).

In addition to providing additional practice in speaking French, living with a Guadeloupian family gives students the opportunity to discover various aspects of daily life, including, of course, the delicious flavour of Creole cuisine. The college staff know every family which makes it easier to follow each student. At any moment during his/her stay, if the student is not satisfied with the family he/she will be able to change family, free of charge.

There are around thirty hosts. A “host” may refer to two parents with children (who may range in age from infant to adult), a single parent with children, or a couple with no children or a single person (for example, a widow). Depending on the location and distance, the trip to school may be by public transport, bicycle, car or on foot. Though the Creole language is often spoken with close friends, hosts naturally speak French with students.

Premium Option:
Students can pay a little more to enjoy a better level of comfort; maybe a pool, spa or jacuzzi at the home, a sea view or a short commute to school.  Please let CESA staff know your priority, so we can advise the school accommodation officer on your behalf.

Private Studios/ Apartments

  • Open to 18 yrs + students
  • Single studio (normally attached to hosts home)
  • Shared rooms (only if travelling with a friend)
  • Self-catering
  • Deposit required on arrival
  • High season supplement applied Sept/March

The apartments offered by private owners and are generally within 35 minutes walk). Most of them are next door to the owner, who may live in the same building or off the same courtyard. The apartments normally have air-conditioners (but some have fans instead), mosquito net, TV, bathroom with shower, and kitchen or kitchenette (refrigerator, traditional or microwave oven, one or two hotplates, coffee maker, dishes for two). They may have either a terrace or direct access to a garden.

Most of the apartments are large enough for two and have a sofa bed or additional bed for a second person. A limited number of apartments have two separate rooms, which are especially practical for families with children. Bed and table linens are supplied by the owner and changed once a week, but students are expected to furnish their own towels. Very few apartments have their own washing machine.
There is a launderette (Laundromat) near the school.

All accommodation options are essentially designed as places for sleeping at night rather than for living during the day. Also you will almost certainly find your accommodation to be smaller than expected.

Students must pay a security deposit in cash upon arrival (not via CESA Languages) as long as no damage has been done, this is fully refundable at the end of the stay following a walk-through by the owner.

In order to guarantee the apartment style of your choice, we recommend you book several months in advance, especially for stays during the high tourist season (from December to the end of March).

Additional accommodation costs:

  • The college arrangement fee: per person
  • City Tax / if in an apartment/hotel: per night
  • Applied on all Apartment bookings per night / per person will be added to your invoice
  • If you book a Hotel direct, remember the city tax will be added to your bill by the Hotel owners

Premium Option:
Students can pay a little more to enjoy a better level of comfort; maybe a pool, spa or jacuzzi at the apartment, a sea view or a short commute to school (limited availability so please reserve well in advance).  Please let CESA staff know your priority, so we can advise the school accommodation officer on your behalf.

Hotels

Le Gosier has a number of Hotel resorts to choose from, to the west side of the city (around 25/35 minutes from the school).

There are only a few classic hotel rooms, most of the hotels offer bungalows with cooking facilities. Room service is an option. You are welcome to make a Hotel reservation direct, neither CESA nor the language school can book the Hotel for you. To make a reservation, please contact the Residence of your choice directly.

Travel

Arrive: Sunday PM
Depart: Saturday PM
Travel direct to Guadeloupe’s Pointe-a-Pitre airport from Paris, France if in Europe (at least one flight a day) or via the US with American Airlines (via San Juan, Miami) or Air France (via Haiti). Alternatively students can fly to Martinique, St Lucia, Antigua etc and then travel to Guadeloupe by a connecting flight or ferry (depending on the time you can spare for travelling).

On arrival we recommend students book the school arranged transfer to Le Gosier, direct to your accommodation.