Homestay application

Georgian College partners with Canada Homestay Network Inc. to provide our students with the best Homestay experience possible.

Based on the information provided on your application form, students are carefully matched to one of our caring host families who will provide a private bedroom, food for three meals per day and Internet access.

Homestay is a great way for you to immerse yourself in Canadian culture and experience Canadian life in a family setting. It offers lots of opportunity to practise your English and improve your language skills.

Homestay fees are $750 a month and include three meals per day OR $500 without meals, plus a $150 placement fee. Each option requires a minimum commitment of a two-month stay in the Homestay you are placed in. After submitting your Homestay application, you will be sent an invoice within 48 hours. This must be paid in full before you receive information about your host family.

For more information or to fill out a Homestay application form, visit the Canada Homestay Network website.

International student enrolment at Georgian College has more than doubled over the last five years, and is continuing to increase each semester. Having students enrolled at Georgian College from over 60 countries provides great opportunities.

We are always looking for new families to host international students at our campuses (Barrie, Orillia, Midland, Muskoka, Orangeville, Owen Sound and South Georgian Bay). As a Homestay host, you would be fairly compensated for your services, as well as receive the additional benefit of a cross-cultural experience.

Steps to becoming a Homestay host:

  1. Application: Apply to be a Homestay host for Georgian College
  2. Complete and submit an application form
  3. House visit: You will be contacted for a house visit once your application is received and reviewed (a Canada Homestay Network representative will visit the home, look at the room the student will be staying in and perform an interview)
  4. Record check: If you are approved, you will be asked to submit a vulnerable sector/criminal record check
  5. You will also be asked to submit two references

Get details about the application process.

Hosting an international student is a very rewarding experience for both the host and the student. We encourage you to browse our website and read through the materials provided.

If you have any further questions or would like to apply to be a Homestay host, please email: simcoeinfo@canadahomestaynetwork.ca

Georgian offers on-campus student residences at its Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound campuses. Learn more.

Search for off-campus housing

Start your search for off-campus housing here. Be prepared to: Share a house/room with other students. Purchase and prepare your own meals, pay your own bills and live with other students from the college. The cost of private rentals is generally between $450 and $500 per room per month or $350 to $400 per person per month if two people share one room. In addition, students must pay $100 to $150 for utilities. A rough estimate for total monthly costs could range from roughly $500 to $600 per month, excluding meals.

We advise students to finalize or research their accommodation BEFORE they arrive in Canada.

Living in Barrie

Support for renters

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Please note: These listings are external to Georgian College and as such have not been verified. Georgian College is not responsible for the accuracy of the information listed or for any liability of any kind relating to or arising out of the information or any use of the information. Each user of these listings is responsible for verifying the accuracy of any information he/she may obtain from these listings and for any risk of injury or loss of any kind relating to or arising out of his/her use of the information. Use of these listings constitutes acceptance of any risk of injury or loss of any kind relating to or arising out of the information in these listings and a release of Georgian College and its employees, agents, contractors and representatives, from liability of any kind relating to or arising out of the use of the information in these listings.

Start your search for off-campus housing here. Be prepared to: Share a house/room with other students. Purchase and prepare your own meals, pay your own bills and live with other students from the college. The cost of private rentals is generally between $450 and $500 per room per month or $350 to $400 per person per month if two people share one room. In addition, students must pay $100 to $150 for utilities. A rough estimate for total monthly costs could range from roughly $500 to $600 per month not including meals.

We advise students to finalize or research their accommodation BEFORE they arrive in Canada.

Living in Orillia

Support for renters

More helpful links

Please note: These listings are external to Georgian College and as such have not been verified. Georgian College is not responsible for the accuracy of the information listed or for any liability of any kind relating to or arising out of the information or any use of the information. Each user of these listings is responsible for verifying the accuracy of any information he/she may obtain from these listings and for any risk of injury or loss of any kind relating to or arising out of his/her use of the information. Use of these listings constitutes acceptance of any risk of injury or loss of any kind relating to or arising out of the information in these listings and a release of Georgian College and its employees, agents, contractors and representatives, from liability of any kind relating to or arising out of the use of the information in these listings.

Start your search for off-campus housing here. Be prepared to: Share a house/room with other students. Purchase and prepare your own meals, pay your own bills and live with other students from the college. The cost of private rentals is generally between $450 and $500 per room per month or $350 to $400 per person per month if two people share one room. In addition, students must pay $100 to $150 for utilities. A rough estimate for total monthly costs could range from roughly $500 to $600 per month not including meals.

We advise students to finalize or research their accommodation BEFORE they arrive in Canada.

Living in Owen Sound

Support for renters

To find more information on your rights as a tenant:

More helpful links

Please note: These listings are external to Georgian College and as such have not been verified. Georgian College is not responsible for the accuracy of the information listed or for any liability of any kind relating to or arising out of the information or any use of the information. Each user of these listings is responsible for verifying the accuracy of any information he/she may obtain from these listings and for any risk of injury or loss of any kind relating to or arising out of his/her use of the information. Use of these listings constitutes acceptance of any risk of injury or loss of any kind relating to or arising out of the information in these listings and a release of Georgian College and its employees, agents, contractors and representatives, from liability of any kind relating to or arising out of the use of the information in these listings.

Start your search for off-campus housing here. Be prepared to: Share a house/room with other students. Purchase and prepare your own meals, pay your own bills and live with other students from the college. The cost of private rentals is generally between $450 and $500 per room per month or $350 to $400 per person per month if two people share one room. In addition, students must pay $100 to $150 for utilities. A rough estimate for total monthly costs could range from roughly $500 to $600 per month not including meals. We advise students to finalize or research their accommodation BEFORE they arrive in Canada. The following sites are great places to start looking for your off-campus accommodation. 

Please note: These listings are external to Georgian College and as such have not been verified. Georgian College is not responsible for the accuracy of the information listed or for any liability of any kind relating to or arising out of the information or any use of the information. Each user of these listings is responsible for verifying the accuracy of any information he/she may obtain from these listings and for any risk of injury or loss of any kind relating to or arising out of his/her use of the information. Use of these listings constitutes acceptance of any risk of injury or loss of any kind relating to or arising out of the information in these listings and a release of Georgian College and its employees, agents, contractors and representatives, from liability of any kind relating to or arising out of the use of the information in these listings.

See the following options for temporary accommodation if you have not decided where you want to live. You must book your room with the hotel prior to your arrival in order to guarantee your stay. If you are looking for off-campus housing, you may want to consider booking a room at a hotel for a night or two to give you the chance to view some accommodations. Please see a list of hotel options below. You can travel to your campus from all hotels listed by either walking or using public transportation.

Barrie

Travelodge

Howard Johnson Hotel

  • 150 Dunlop St. W., Barrie, ON L4N 1B2
  • 705.728.1312
  • $60 per night
  • Email: parmar7@msn.com

Comfort Inn

  • 210 Essa Rd., Barrie, ON L4N 3L1
  • 705.721.1122
  • $60 per night
  • Email: holly.cib@rogers.com
  • Features: Complimentary breakfast

Owen Sound

Travelodge

  • 880 10th St. E., Owen Sound, ON N4K 1T4 ‎
  • 519.371.9297‎

Comfort Inn

  • 955 9 Ave. E., Owen Sound, ON N4K 6N4 ‎
  • 519.371.5500

Orillia

Highwaymann Inn Hotel

South Georgian Bay (Collingwood)

Mariner Motor Hotel

Orangeville

Best Western Plus Orangeville Inn & Suites

  • 7 Buena Vista Dr., Orangeville, ON L9W 0A2
  • 519.941.3311 (Kyle Bingham, General Manager)
  • $170 per night August and September
  • $139 per night December to April
  • Features: Breakfast, wireless Internet, pool, sauna, and a room with one king size bed OR two queen size beds

Atlanta Motel

  • 316 Broadway Ave., Orangeville, ON L9W1L3
  • 519.941.8280
  • $75 per night
  • Features: Wireless Internet, fridge,  microwave oven, local cable television

Midland

Best Western

  • 924 King St., Midland, ON L4R 4L3
  • 705.526.9307
  • $79.99 per night
  • Features: Breakfast, wireless internet, pool, sauna, and a room with one king size bed OR two queen size beds

Kings Inn

  • 751 King St,, Midland, ON L4R 0B7
  • 705.526.7744
  • $40 per night
  • Features: Cable TV, wireless internet, fridge and microwave in each room, and a queen size bed

Midland Inn & Suites

  • 720 Prospect Blvd., Midland, ON L4R 4P4
  • 705.245.1166
  • $80 per night
  • Features: Breakfast, wireless, fridges, TV and a desk, bed sizes vary

Muskoka

Muskoka Riverside Inn

  • 300 Ecclestone Dr., Bracebridge ON
  • 1.705.645.8775
  • $89 per night

Bracebridge Inn

  • 133 Manitoba St., Bracebridge ON
  • 1.705.645.4424
  • $59 per night OR $200 per week

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