Homestay Application Process

You must complete the following and send to 6 WEEKS IN ADVANCE:



Read the Handbook for International Students (Pages 1-8)




Complete the  homestay_student_profile_2019-2020.pdf and submit to along with the signed Letter of Agreement.

Homestay Student Letter of Agreement 2019 2020.pdf

Application Deadline for  Fall  2019 is Friday, July 12, 2019.

For questions about Homestay please email

Below are the dates for 2019-2020




Complete the Homestay Fee Payment Form (Page 13 of the Homestay Student Profile)



Book early arrival accommodations if arriving to Nanaimo earlier than the Homestay move in date. Here are some short-term accommodation options available to students: ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS



Homestay Student Profile and Application 

The Homestay Student Profile should be completed by the student, and submitted to the Homestay Office no later than 6 weeks before the student's arrival to VIU. Please complete this profile as honestly as possible; the information provided by the student will assist the Homestay office to make the best match possible with a host family. It is very important that the student's email is clearly written on the profile, as well as the agent's contact information, if applicable. Host families and students should communicate with each other before the student arrives in Nanaimo.


It is strongly recommended that the Homestay profiles and all applicable fees (Application Fee and Deposit) are submitted to the VIU Homestay office no later than 6 weeks before the student expects to arrival to Canada. This will allow the Homestay office time to make the best possible match between the student and host family. Please note that placement in a Homestay is not guaranteed.