Our mandate is to offer access to, and provide, safe, secure and comfortable accommodations to foreign and domestic students, thereby helping to give them a positive, meaningful experience while they live and study in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Please contact a VIC representative for more information, or visit www.studenthotel.ca
Congratulations! You have decided to come to Vancouver to improve your English skills and we want to ensure that your time in Vancouver is useful, happy and fulfilling.
We have personally inspected every home that we recommend as a homestay. Based upon your student application, we will carefully match you with a family that we believe will make your stay in Vancouver enjoyable and memorable.
We will email you a profile of your host family and, if possible, provide you with an email address so that you can correspond with your new Canadian family before coming to Vancouver. However, before arriving, there are a few things you should note to make your stay successful.
Your host family will
Provide a clean, private room and three meals a day
Provide a study desk and good lamp
host only 1 speaker of a particular language (ie:only 1 Japanese student) at one time (subject to change during peak season)
provide laundry facilities access to each student at least once a week
provide internet to students as part of the Homestay fee
Show you how to use the bus and/or SkyTrain
Orient you to your new neighborhood (ie: banks, library, recreation centers, etc.)
be an English only environment
Be considerate of family members and respect household rules
Be responsible for your personal sundries (ie: toothpaste, shampoo, etc.)
Inform the family if you will not be home for dinner
Inform the family if you will be away overnight
Give 2 weeks notice to the family if you are changing your living arrangements
Make an effort to participate in family activities when invited
Invite guests to the home only with the host family's permission
keep my room clean, and tidy up after myself in common areas of the house
VIC representatives are available to meet you at the airport and take you to your new homestay. When you leave the customs area, the person meeting you will be holding a sign with your name on it. Depending on the location of your homestay, the trip into Vancouver is approximately 20-40 minutes.
Host Family Application Form