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.
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 to study and live.
After living with a homestay host, many of our students develop strong, lasting friendships with their homestay hosts.
Our 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 more about the values of another culture.
Our homestay hosts represent a variety of cultural, racial, language, and religious backgrounds. Homestay hosts are parent(s) with children, couples, single people, and people with adult children, who are living away from 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 English-Only environment.
When you live in a homestay, you become a member of the family. This will give you a chance to learn and follow the homestay host’s daily routines and ways of doing things.
When you live in homestay, you will have the following:
Some homestay homes are located within 20 minutes walking distance of the university. Many are located up to 10 kilometers away and would require using the city bus to travel to the university. The Queen’s student ID card is serves as a free city bus pass in Kingston.