Five signs you’d make a great Homestay host
July 03, 2018

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?

VIew of Barrie residence bedroom

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.

Three students walking through the courtyard of the Barrie Campus

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.

Two homestay students playing monopoly

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.

Two homestay students cooking with their host mom

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.

Four students hanging in a living room

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 gcintlhousing@georgiancollege.ca.