1. You own a home with an empty bedroom
Do you have a furnished, unoccupied bedroom in your house or condo? Does your home have Wi-fi and laundry facilities? Then why not put them to good use by hosting an international student who needs a home away from home?
2. Your home is near a Georgian campus
If you can walk, bike, or take transit to a Georgian campus from your home, you are in the perfect location for the Homestay program.
3. You could use some extra money
Who doesn’t need a bit more cash flow? International students pay between $450 to $850 a month, depending on the zone you live in and whether you opt to provide meals. Some of this money will offset your costs of hosting (Wi-fi, utilities and potentially food), but some will go straight into your pocket.
4. You’re a foodie
Most Homestay hosts provide international students with enough food for three nutritious meals a day. It can be as simple as keeping your fridge and cupboards stocked, but if you’re looking for someone who will appreciate your cooking, this might be your ticket! Family meals are a big draw. You may also find yourself trying delicious new produce, products and recipes from your guest’s home country.
5. You’re a people person
If you enjoy caring for people, making friends, and learning about other cultures, you’ll be great at this. Most international students are looking to connect with Canadians, experience typical family dynamics, and improve their English. When you decide to welcome them into your home, you commit to helping them adapt to a new life. But many host families gain so much more than they give; building relationships that will last a lifetime.
Apply to be a Homestay host today! For more information, visit whyihost.canadahomestaynetwork.ca.
If you have furnished rooms or apartments to rent (and don’t want to host), add your listing to places4students.com or send an email to Georgian’s international housing team at email@example.com.