Updated April 29, 2021

Homestay will be available to students registered in English Language Centre (ELC) courses only. Current regulations require newly arrived students to self-isolate for a total of 14 days upon arrival, with the first three days spent at a government-authorized hotel at the first point of entry into Canada. The cost of the three-night hotel quarantine is not being covered by the university and it is the student’s responsibility. The ELC is able to arrange homestay accommodation, after the three-night hotel stay currently required by government, for an additional $350 quarantine fee on top of the regular monthly homestay fee during the first month. The first month’s fee would be $1,300 ($950 monthly fee + $350 quarantine fee), plus the $300 application fee. Subsequent months would be $950/month.

It is important to note that we have very limited homestay availability for students with allergies or restricted diets/special requests. Students will be expected to adhere to COVID-19-related guidelines, regulations and restrictions. These are subject to change, but include:

  • practicing proper hygiene, including proper coughing and sneezing etiquette;
  • practicing physical distancing when outside of the home;
  • limiting in-person social contact to a small group of people, following the instructions and guidelines of the provincial health authority; and
  • avoiding malls, crowded spaces and close-contact sports.

As regulations change or are lifted, homestay will revise fees/requirements accordingly.

All travellers arriving into Canada by air, with some exceptions, will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test when they arrive in Canada before exiting the airport, and another test toward the end of their 14-day quarantine period. As part of the requirement to self-isolate upon arrival, international visitors are required to reserve, prior to departure to Canada, a government-authorized hotel for the first three nights. Hotel fees are non-refundable and rooms can only be booked 14 days in advance of travel. Hotel costs are the student’s responsibility. Visit the Goverment of Canada website for instructions on booking your hotel.

These requirements are in addition to the pre-boarding PCR test that must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada.

Students are reminded that quarantine (self-isolation) is a requirement of the Quarantine Act and is not optional. Please note that according to provincial health regulations, in the unfortunate case that a student or host should become ill with COVID-19, the student will remain in the host’s home so as to contain the spread of the disease. All hosts and students must agree to this regulation in order to join the UVic Homestay Program in 2021.

For additional details, please visit our Travelling to Canada and self-isolation page.


  • Posted April 29, 2021