Your Home away from Home!

The VIU Homestay & Off-Campus Housing Office is working remotely! See how to contact us!

Homestay is a program designed to promote friendship, language learning and provide opportunities for cultural exchange between Canadian families and international students who attend Vancouver Island University or the High School at VIU. Local Nanaimo residents open their homes to students in order to welcome them into their families, homes and communities while the student is studying at VIU.

Experience living with a host family through the VIU Homestay Program. Our office carefully vets host families who are participating in our program through a number of methods and maintains an ongoing relationship with our host families. We regularly hear of life-long friendships that develop from these homestay experiences. In fact, many host families have traveled to their students' home countries to visit or for special occasions, such as weddings!

VIU Homestay Program COVID-19 Resources


The VIU Homestay Program is currently accepting student applications for the Summer 2021 semester! Apply by March 12, 2021 for our April 24 move-in date.

VIU Homestay student and bedroom

Future Homestay Students

Learn more about living with a Canadian host family while you study at Vancouver Island University!

Apply Today!
VIU Homestay student at desk doing homework.

Current Homestay Students

Resources and information for current Homestay Students. Download forms, handbooks, and complete Homestay homework.

Current Student Resources
VIU Homestay host with VIU students.

Future Host Families

Are you interested in being a host family for international students studying at VIU and welcoming them into your home and family?

Learn more here!
VIU Homestay host talking with VIU student.

Current Host Families

Resource materials and information for current VIU Host Families. Download forms, host manuals, and details on emergency procedures.

Current Homestay Family Resources