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Living in Homestay

Homestay – a living and learning experience!


The Queen’s School of English (QSoE) Homestay Program matches students with members of the community who share their homes with international students. Our homestay program is an excellent opportunity for QSoE students to practice English language skills and to learn about life in Canada.

Why Choose Homestay

Many of our students choose to live in a homestay because they would like to learn more about Canadian culture and way of life. Living with a homestay host allows students to practice English at all times. It also provides students with a quiet secure environment in which to study and live.

After living in homestay, many of our students develop strong, lasting friendships with their homestay hosts.

Who Are Our Homestay Hosts

Homestay houseOur homestay hosts are members of the Kingston community who enjoy sharing their homes with international students. Many homestay hosts participate in our program to meet people from other cultures and learn about their cultural values.

Our homestay hosts represent a variety of cultural, ethnic, linguistic, socioeconomic and religious backgrounds. Homestay hosts may be an adult or parent(s) with children, couples, single people, or two or more adults sharing a home.

Some homestay hosts share their homes with more than one student. In this case, we try to select students from different language backgrounds in order to support an English-Only environment.

What is Included in Homestay

Homestay roomWhen you live in homestay, you will have the following:

  • A fully furnished private bedroom (with a bed, desk, and closet)

  • Access to a shared bathroom, kitchen, and other common areas

  • Food for all meals is included in homestay

  • Internet for communication and academic use

  • Local telephone, and laundry facilities

  • The support of your hosts and Homestay Coordinators

Homestay Location

Some homestay homes are located within 20 minutes walking distance of the university. Others are located up to 60 minutes away by public transportation. The Queen’s student ID card serves as a free city bus pass in Kingston.