Here is a list for common question for students:
1) What is Homestay?
2) Do students and new comers who stay in homestays learn the language faster?
3) What is the minimum age to apply with your homestay agency?
4) What is the minimum stay?
5) What kind of housing is available in a homestay?
6) What items will be in my room?
7) Are utilities included?
8) Is Internet access included?
9) Will I have my own bathroom?
10) Does homestay include transportation?
11) Will there be any other students in the Homestay?
12) Do I have to get and pay for all the meals?
13) When I request meals, does the family cook for me all the time?
14) Can I request to increase the number of meals or decrease them after the first month?
15) May I make my own food?
16) May I request a specific Homestay?
17) Can I ask my homestay coordinator to suggest homestay for me?
18) Do I get accept a homestay or request another option?
19) Will I receive a key to the house to come in out?
20) Will I be able to watch television?
21) Can I use the host family's telephone?
22) May I use the family computer?
23) May I smoke in the house?
24) Can I do laundry in the Homestay?
25) Will I be able to go shopping?
26) Will I be able to go sightseeing with my host?
27) Will I have a curfew (time that I need to return to the Homestay each night)?
28) Can I have a guest come to my Homestay?
29) Can I stay at a friend's house during my visit?
30) Can I be picked up at the airport?
31) Do you provide airport drop off?
32) What is a "List of House Rules"?
33) How can I get Student Health and Travel Insurance?
34) Where can I get an application form and how much is the application fee?
35) Is the application fee refundable?
36) Is there a deadline for submitting the application?
37) Can I apply early?
38) How much are the monthly homestay fees?
39) Is it possible to bring a relative or a friend “as a companion” to stay with me?
40) How long does it take before I get to know information about my host?
41) How much must I pay in advance to book the homestay room?
42) When I request airport pick up, how do I know who will meet me at the airport?
43) If I were to book a flight ticket now, which days or time are ideal to arrive at the host family?
44) What if I experience delays from the airline or miss my flight?
45) If my homestay room is not available for one or two days, can you provide me with assistance with finding temporary accommodation?
46) What if I need additional help with registering me in language courses near to my homestay?
- It is a unique accommodation arrangement to stay with local host families and individual hosts in their fully furnished homes while attending school, internship, or simply relocating from another city or country. Homestay is ideal for guests who would appreciate being in a supportive environment that offers lots guidance. Following is a list of typical individuals who would like homestay:
- Students from other cities or countries.
- New Comers with “ working holiday visa, permanent residence, and temporary work permit”
- Visitors who would like to longer to discover and enjoy the beauty of the land, culture, and meet new friends.
- Relocating individuals or couples in search who would need temporary long term accommodation for few weeks or months.
- Yes, when students and new comers spend time with those who speak the language at the homestay, they are able to learn it faster and acquire more confidence.
- The minimum stay is two weeks and our daily rates will apply instead of monthly rates for those stays that are less than one month. Review homestay rates/costs page for more details.
-Housing is available in the form of single room in apartments, town houses, or houses.
- Each homestay guestroom contains a bed and bed linens, a desk/study area and chair, and dresser/closet.
- Yes, electricity/hydro, heat and hot water.
- Yes, Internet access is included if you have your own computer or laptop with wireless connection.
- Some Host families in the deluxe homestay range offer the visitor their own bathroom, subject to availability, and most offer bathroom facilities that are shared by the family. Please note that your bathroom supplies are not included; like your own shampoo, soap, towels, tooth paste, brush, shaving gel, raiser, and toilet paper.
- No. You are expected to be independent and be able to use public transportation. Most hosts will assist you with information and show you how to travel around the city especially on the first week after arrival. Some hosts will also offer you a free or paid rides with them, like car pool, if it convenient in terms of time and daily route.
-If a host family has more than one private guestroom available, there may be several students in the same Homestay.
- No. You select the daily meals that you want at the time of the application. Our meal plans are as following: No meals, Breakfast only, Breakfast and dinner, and Three meals.
- No. The host family will shop groceries for an extra person shopping. In most cases, they will provide you with food items to prepare your own breakfast, lunch or dinner. Some families prefer to offer you a cooked meal for lunch and dinner.
- Yes. If you request to reduce your meals, hosts will understand when you may have late hour schedule or wish to eat outside at your leisure, or simply homesick to your home country meals and wish to prepare your own meals. If you request additional meals, you should ask your host if it is possible. Some hosts may not be able to offer additional meals due to work schedule or other personal reasons.
- Yes. Most host families will allow you to prepare or cook your own food, when you are normally careful and follow their kitchen hygiene and safety habits of doing things. You can easily take the time with your host to go over using kitchen equipment and utensils after arrival. Same with laundry facilities and security system if available...
- Yes, review our list of homestay hosts on our website, if you are interested in specific ones, please quote the host ID number of the homestay to your homestay coordinator. We will approach host family for you and find out availability. If the requested host family is not available, we will try to contact a similar one for you.
- Yes, indeed. Your homestay coordinator has many years of experience and may become a great resource of information and options when available.
- Yes, you do. Options are only subject to available host families with vacant room in the requested city or neighbourhood.
- Yes. Please note that a key is responsibility and point of trust in you by your host. Ensure that you ask your host when you wish to invite a stranger, your friend, or school mate to the house.
- Yes, only at suitable hours. TV is usually shared TV in a common area or living room. If you want your own private TV, you should consider the deluxe type option at application time.
- You may make local telephone calls from the Homestay, if local calls are free. All long distance calls must be made using a calling card. Please ask your host if you are going to receive calls and what are the best times for people to call you. Consider your own prepaid cell phone number, since telephone line is not usually in your homestay rate and it could be more convenient for you.
- Yes, but you need to ask your host. Make sure you use a local access number when you log on to the internet to avoid long distance charges. Do not open any file attachments or junk mail that may put your host’s computer at risk. Your host may not have the proper protection on his or her computer and my loose a lot of important files or inure lots of damages. Kindly ask your host how long you can use the computer for since they may have some regular work to do. Hosts are not required to offer a computer; therefore, we urge you to careful or best bring your laptop with you.
- No. Majority of hosts refuse that anyone would smoke inside their home, some also do not like the smell, or cause them a health reaction to an allergy. Majority of hosts will ask that you smoke outside the house in a designated area using an ashtray. You are kindly required to respect their request the sake of good health and well being of all. Few hosts will allow you to smoke inside if they do. Please note that in most cities and towns in Canada, USA, New Zealand, and Australia, smoking is banned by laws inside buildings, restaurants, airports, hospitals, or public areas.
- Yes. The host family will show you where the laundry facilities are and how to use operate the laundry machines without damaging your clothing.
- Yes. Your host will show you how to go shopping after arrival, but if wish, you could ask your host to go out shopping with them. It could save you time, effort, money to accompany your host. Most hosts know where to buy things cheap or have memberships that can save you money.
- Yes. When hosts have free time; however, your admission ticket to attraction is your own cost. Also, if you do trips or excursions with your host family, usually hotels and restaurants costs are not included. Please inquire with your host in advance about such costs before.
- You do not have a curfew. However, it is customary that you tell your host family if you will miss dinner or will return to the house after midnight. Hosts usually worry about their guests and students if all of a sudden they do not come back home as usual. It is commonly so in big cities where crime rate could be high. In general, hosts want your safety and may give you valuable tips.
- Yes, but only with the host family's agreement.
- Yes. Let your host family that you will be staying outside and how you can be contacted should someone ask about you.
30) Can I be picked up at the airport?
- Yes. Please include that request in your application and complete flight details. You still can add the flight information at a later stage by updating your online application profile. Or you could contact your homestay coordinator if wish to request the airport pick up arrangement.
- No, Please contact your host family well in advance, they may be able to assist you or direct you to the best possible way to travel to airport.
- House Rules are the rules of the particular host family with whom you are staying. These rules may include requests by your host to lock the doors of the home when you leave, turn off the lights of your room or bathroom before you leave, or avoid receiving phone calls after a certain time at night. These rules usually apply to members of the family and guests. Homestays that accommodate more than one student at once find it easy to make such a list and leave it in the guestroom.
- Contact your homestay coordinator or school admission department for special group or student rates and benefits offered by popular insurance providers. Consider that cost of medical attention and emergency healthcare can be very expensive beyond comprehension International students and guests. You better be prepared for the unexpected. Usually, insurance cost less than a cup of coffee per day but may save you thousands of dollars. For international guests, please consult with your own insurance broker or travel agent in your country of origin before travel.
- The application fee is $150. It is due at the time of selecting a homestay offer.
35) Is the application fee refundable? Yes, only when your homestay coordinator regrets for not being able to provide you with a suitable homestay due to high occupancies in the city. Please note that 50% off the refund will be deducted due to administrative, work hours, and online transaction costs.
- No. We accept applications at all times. Kindly allow a minimum of two to four weeks for best results, contacting host for you and reserving a homestay room.
- Yes please. You may certainly apply anytime up to a year in advance. We prefer early applications and we give them good priority in terms of options and availability. Early applications allow as us to help you better, but if you have just found out about us, we still would love to assist you.
- The homestay fees vary according to level of accommodation and number of meals required. We have put together a table of rates based on going homestay market rates on our website. Review the homestay rates/costs page for more details.
- Yes. You need to account for additional homestay rates, at least one and have time of the regular homestay rate when your relative or friend will share the same room with you. Companion arrangement must be decided upon in advance at the time of application and detailed information about the companion must be submitted on the same online application, in the comments and special requests section.
- It all depends on when you are arriving, your requirements, availability homestay, and city occupancies. There is no estimated time, but it could be right away. Please check your email inbox regularly and reply to your homestay coordinator immediately. You are always welcome to check on that status of your application at anytime.
- When you selected a homestay and wish to book the guestroom and wish to stay for a month or less, you will need to pay at full payment in advance, if you were to stay less than a month. If you are staying longer than a month, and in order to reserve the room, you need to make a down payment of one month. The balance, you will be required to pay, regularly on time, directly to host family.
- At the final stage of homestay placement, your homestay coordinator will email to you the airport pick up instructions and your host family details.
- It is best to consider arriving in the afternoons and evenings, or anytime all day on Saturday on Monday. Avoid late night arrival if you can, but most host families are accommodating if you experience delays.
- Please contact the host family by telephone and your airport pick person or service that will be waiting for you. We will provide you with their telephone numbers in advance. Note that airport pick person or service may only wait for you up for two or three hours maximum. If you experience flight delays or cancelation, we urge to call if come close to a public telephone.
- Yes, we would be happy to assist you. Ask your homestay coordinator regarding possible temporary homestay, or provide you with a list of hotels, B&B, or hostels that offer reduced rates for our clients. No extra agency fee for this service.
- Yes, ask your homestay coordinator. We get a number of schools offer special grants or reduced tuitions for our clients. No extra agency fee for this service.