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 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
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 their cultural values.
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.
What is Included in Homestay
When 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
Television, local telephone, and laundry facilities
The support of your hosts and Homestay Student Support Coordinators
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 serves as a free city bus pass in Kingston.