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Host Family

Become a Host Family

Wonderful local families provide support and assistance while students adapt to the lifestyle and demands of Canadian student life. Homestay is a fantastic way to be introduced to Canadian culture and the Niagara community.

The goal of the Host Programs (Homestay and Landing Pad) is:

Ensuring International Students have a warm, safe, comfortable place to stay during their studies at the College, building bonds of friendship between Niagara and the world one connection at a time, while ensuring Host Families are fairly compensated.​

As a host family, your role is to:

  • Provide a home away from home for international students
  • You provide a warm welcome as well as a family environment where they can learn English language and culture, including more about our community
  • Should be located on a bus route or close to the Welland, NOTL or Niagara Falls campuses, otherwise regular transportation would be expected

Thank you for your interest in becoming a host for Niagara College International Students. There is currently sufficient homes to meet the demand. Please feel free to complete the application form if you would like to be contacted at a future date.

We are always looking for great host families so please ‘apply’ to become a host and be placed on the waitlist. Register for the next Host Information Session we will email you when the next session is planned.

Apply to become a Host Family   Register for the next Host Info Session


Landing Pad

  • $750 one time fee
  • 1 month stay
  • Two meals per day
  • Landing Pad Policy


  • $750 per month
  • 2 months or more
  • Three meals per day
  • Homestay Policy

Must Provide

  • 2-3 Meals per day
  • Private Bedroom
  • Desk & Dresser
  • Internet (basic)

Helping International Students

For homestay families, new communication styles and cultures can be a challenge to get used to. It is very important to keep your sense of humour and persevere through any problems that might arise.

Things you can do to help each other:

  • Students can often understand written English better than spoken English. Take the time to write things down to avoid confusion
  • Draw pictures or use visual examples
  • Ask the student if they understand and get them to repeat what they hear to clarify
  • Don’t assume that when someone smiles or laughs that they understand you
  • Be careful with your tone of voice. It can say a great deal. Avoid sarcasm
  • Be careful with anecdotes that cannot literally beinterpreted or are culturally understood

Ideas for helping ESL students practice English:

  • Read the newspaper together
  • Encourage your student to keep a list of words or phrases they hear during the day to talk about in the evening
  • Have students place orders over the phone for food, tickets etc. Avoid doing the talking for them. Instead, play a supportive and encouraging role.
  • Label items in the home to help them learn the names
  • Take them shopping to learn the names of items in the store
  • Offer to help your student with their homework, but don’t do it for them.