Current Homestay Students

The Homestay office has several resources that you will find helpful as a student living in Homestay. We encourage you to review and utilize them to help maximize your experience and ensure you are following the standards and expectations of the program.


It is important that students read and understand their rights and responsibilities, as it is the student's agreement with the VIU Homestay Office.

Please read and review this document, as it clearly outlines your responsibility as a student living in homestay.

This resource helps you talk about dealing with conflict or difficulties in a homestay environment. How to ask for help and what you can do.

If you are thinking about requesting to move to a new Homestay, please read the important information.

Before leaving the Homestay Program there are certain things you must consider. This resource helps you plan your move-out and departure from the program.

Learn more about your deposit and when you get refunded. How do you ensure you receive your full deposit at the end of your stay?

Honest feedback is important. We need to know what you think about your host. If was a great experience, if it was bad. This helps the homestay office train and select hosts and to make us aware of any concerns. Honest evaluations help us ensure a quality program.

Please fill out this form online with your host family by the due date given by the Homestay Coordinator. It is necessary to help you and your host establish communication around household expectations.
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Homestay Student Testimonials

"I think communicating with my host family is one of the major reason of improving English skills. My host mom ask me, "how was your day?” which gave me lot of opportunities to speak English after being back home. Also, my host dad sometimes told me my English mistakes and helped me. My host sister hung out with me many times and told me slangs and words that current young people use in Canada."

- Former Homestay Program Student


"I suggest you to understand that there are so many forms of families before choosing a homestay program and how to spend your study abroad experience. It could be a family or it could be only one person. It does not mean that your host family does everything for you just because you pay. You still need to look after yourself and do household chores for you. Do not choose a homestay just because you think it seems more fun than a residence. Having said that, you get to experience a real Canadian life that students at a residence cannot experience good or bad."

- Former Homestay Program Student 

Have an experience that you'd like to share with the VIU Homestay Program and other students? Send us an email. We'd love to hear about it!

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