The Homestay program is an opportunity for cultural exchange between Canadians and International students. Host families learn about other countries and cultures and help students adjust to living in Canada. Students have more opportunities to practice their English and learn about Canadian lifestyles, values and customs.

Living with a homestay family is a good way to learn and practice English. The home may be a house, an apartment, or a townhouse. Homes are normally located within 30 minutes or less of the campus by bus. Host families are chosen for their interest in other cultures and their willingness to help students adjust to the Canadian lifestyle. The host family may be a family with children, a family without children or a single person.

Arrival & Pick-up
For pre-arranged placements, the host family will meet the student upon arrival at the airport or bus terminal and welcome the student to their family. The host will familiarize new students to the home and the local community.

The homestay family will make the student feel welcome in Canada. Host families are usually interested in learning more about students from other cultures. They probably will not speak the student’s language, so English will be the language of communication.

Rent and Fees (All fees are subject to change)
Students are required to pay homestay fees in advance of placement. Payments should be made to the student’s account at Okanagan College. For details go to

  • Placement fee is $200 ($250 for groups/ students under the age of 19)
  • Rent is $800 per month
  • Early arrivals $27 per night

The first full month rent is paid to the host through OC. Rent for following months is paid directly by the student to the host family on the first day of each of the month at the rate of $800 each month.

Moving out or leaving Homestay 
One (1) month notice is required and needs to be given in writing to both the host and OC Homestay Coordinator. For example, if the student wants to move out May 1, the student is required to give notice to move by April 1.
Student & Host family Notice Form

The student’s privacy is valued in the homestay program. Each student will get his/her own private bedroom. Each home has been visited to ensure cleanliness and safety. The student will have a private bedroom with a bed, dresser, desk or table, chair and lamp.

Three meals a day are provided. Often food is available for students to make their own breakfast and lunch, and dinner is usually a hot meal shared with the family.

If the student misses his/her home cooking, the student will often be able to find foreign food at the local supermarket, The student will be provided with three meals a day, and is also encouraged to cook food from his/her own country and introduce it to his/her hosts.

As part of the family, homestay students will be expected to do share household responsibilities and housework, as agreed upon between the student and the host family. For example, students are responsible to keep their bedroom clean and bathroom if it is private or shared.

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Fill out the Student Profile for Homestay and save and email to
Send your profile together with your arrival information and homestay fee payment (see student profile for details).

If you are interested in Hosting OC International students, read more about the program and fill out the form on the Become a Host Family webpage.

For more information
Contact the Homestay settlement team: