Welcome to Homestay in Canada
|Arrival||$1500||First / last month’s rent to be paid|
|Monthly||$750||Due the first day of every month|
|Daily||$25||Charged per day|
** If you are studying for one month only – your fee will be $750 paid at arrival. If you are only studying for 1 or 2 months, your payment is for the period of your studies and no extra daily rate is required unless you extend your stay. If you are studying with a group the fee may be included in your total package.
You must stay with your homestay for at least two months. If you decide to move, we recommend you do so between terms. If you need a receipt for your fees, ask your family for one.
Your meals are provided in your homestay and you can expect to eat Canadian style. You may be expected to prepare your own breakfast and lunch. If so, your family will show you what you can make or take for these meals.
The evening meal is a family time with all household members usually sitting down together to eat and discuss the day’s events. Ask your family when dinner will be served so you can be home in time. It is very important to tell your homestay family if you will not be home for dinner.
Meals are included in your homestay fee, but you may have to purchase foods or drinks that the family does not regularly use if you are still hungry between meals.
If you like to cook you can speak to your family about preparing and cooking your own meals. Some of the best experiences in a homestay are learning Canadian culture and spending time together while eating meals. Some students can find it very different at first, but learn to enjoy Canadian customs.
In Canadian culture, it is important to use deodorant, brush your teeth and shower every day.
In the bathroom…
- Showers should not take longer than 10 minutes
- Toilet paper gets flushed down the toilet, but sanitary napkins are wrapped and thrown in the garbage
- Get your homestay family to show you how to use their washing machine and dryer
- Only wash your clothes when you have a full load of laundry and after 7pm or on weekends when it costs less energy
In the home…
- Turn off lights and electronics when you are not using them, as electricity in Canada is expensive during peak hours
Computers & Internet Access
We recommend that you bring or purchase your own computer if you want computer access at home.
Be respectful of the amount of time you spend on the internet – Abuse of or disregard for reasonable internet usage may result in disconnection of the service.
The college has computer labs that are available for student use for many hours each day and are free of charge.
Most Canadians do not permit smoking in their homes. Many will allow for smoking outdoors. You must cooperate with your family and their rules regarding smoking.
If your cell phone does not support a purchased Canadian Sim card, you will have to buy a new phone.
You must ask your homestay family before inviting any guests into their home, even just for a few hours. If you have family or friends who wish to visit you, they should stay in a hotel. If your homestay has the space to accommodate them, they need to pay $30 per day per person.
Your boyfriend or girlfriend will typically not be allowed to stay overnight. Friends should also be not be expecting to receive meals at your homestay on a regular basis. Keep the lines of communication open with your hosts to know their guidelines.