cases when international students are coming to Canada to study, they need a
place to live. A homestay offers a unique environment for a student to get
to experience Canadian life while providing a place for a student to say
while they study.
A homestay is generally a room in the home of a Canadian family that an
international student will stay in while they attend school. Sometimes the
student and the family will work out the cost and the details of the
homestay between themselves, but most of the time, it is the school that
will make arrangements with the family to have its students stay with them.
Homestays are especially popular with students coming to Canada to study
English or French as a second language, where the course of study may only
be a few weeks or months long. In this kind of situation, living in a
residence dorm or trying to find an apartment to stay in would not be
practical because of the short amount of time the student will be in Canada.
The student who stays in a homestay has the advantage of being surrounded by
Canadian culture and English or French while they are away from the school
International students coming to study at a post-secondary schools do
sometimes stay in homestays, but this is more rare. More often, they live in
university residences or in apartments or houses off-campus.