Current Homestay/Peerstay Students - Fees

What do my fees provide?

Fees for the Homestay program provides a student with access to a private bedroom in a host family's home. The host family will also provide the student with use of bedding, a pillow, and towels. Fees include utilities, internet, and laundry facilities.

Fees for Homestay with Meals are $850/month and $29/night for partial months. The family will provide food for 3 meals per day, though students may need to buy additional snacks.

Homestay without Meals fees are $500/month and $17/night. Students are responsible for doing all of their own grocery shopping, meal prep and cooking, and clean up. This option is only available for mature students who are able to cook.

Homestay fees are payable to the host family on the first day of each month. 

How to pay Homestay fees

For students who pay their monthly fees directly to their host family, once the student has arrived in Canada, the host will take the student to open a Canadian bank account. The student will use online banking to pay monthly Homestay fees.

The student will speak to the host family about which method of paying Homestay fees they prefer.

Here are a couple of suggested methods for students to pay his or her Homestay fees:

Payment Options

If you are unfamiliar with what an Interac e-Transfer is, please watch this video.

Here's how Interac e-Transfer works:

1. Hosts must be registered for on-line banking at their financial institution to receive money by Interac e-Transfer.  If the host banks on-line, students can pay the host using Interac e-Transfer.

2. In order to receive an Interac e-Transfer, the host will give the student his or her e-mail address, and together the host and student can create a password.

3. The student will login to his or her online banking, and will follow directions to send an Interac e-Transfer.

4. The student will send the host an Interac e-Transfer every month to pay Homestay fees.

It’s THAT EASY!

Please note, most financial institutions charge students at least $1.50 for each Interac e-Transfer.

To use this method of paying Homestay fees, it is not necessary for the host to use on-line banking.

If you and your host have bank accounts at the same financial institution, you will be able to electronically transfer funds to his or her account from your account.  In order to do this, students will need:

1. the host's full name on the bank account

2. the Branch number (four digits)

3. the host's account number

Each financial institution has its own fee structure for clients who make payments by this method. Some banks charge a $1.50, others have no charge for this service. 

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