Yes. All students coming to UVic from outside Canada are eligible for Homestay, even if they are native English speakers. Students must be registered in full-time studies at UVic to be in homestay.
Homestay provides a great accommodation alternative for those new to Victoria. The ideal Homestay student is flexible, a good communicator and someone that can appreciate differences. Every family in our Homestay Program is different. Ideally, our students choose Homestay to learn about and experience life in a different culture.
Homestay also provides a great “soft-landing” for our students:
As an adult international student living in a Canadian family home, you are required to:
UVic Homestay strives to provide quality Homestay experiences for students enrolled in UVic programs. Our award-winning program has been operating for over 30 years, and we enjoy the privilege of working with many wonderful families in Victoria.
Once the completed application form and criminal records checks are received, the UVic Homestay Program sends staff to meet with and interview the family in their home. Staff tour the home to ensure it is a safe environment that meets our requirements.
Please note that students are placed in UVic Homestay on a first come first served basis as completed applications are received by our office. Homestay is limited and spaces may fill before the deadline. In cases where UVic Homestay cannot accommodate students, students will need to arrange their own homestay privately. GROUPS: Due to limited homestay availability, we encourage institutions to send their participants' homestay applications 10-12 weeks prior to the program start date.
|Program||Duration||Homestay Application Deadline|
|Intensive English Online (ELPI)|
|ELPI January||12 weeks||November 1|
|ELPI April||12 weeks||February 1|
|ELPI - Summer||9 weeks||May 15|
|ELPI - September||12 weeks||July 1|
|ELPI - September + Project-based Presentations||14 weeks||July 1|
|Monthly English (ME)|
|January||4 weeks||November 1|
|February||4 weeks||November 15|
|March||4 weeks||December 1|
|September||4 weeks||July 1|
|October||4 weeks||September 1|
|November||4 weeks||October 1|
|December||3 weeks||November 1|
|Summer Language and Culture|
|June 5-week Program (P3)||5 weeks||April 15|
|+ English for Professional Communication||5 weeks||April 15|
|University Admission Preparation (UAP)|
|August||4 weeks||July 1|
The UVic Homestay Program will place students in Homestay families that, given the information known at the time and provided in the application form, best match the needs of the student and the homestay family. Health concerns or issues will be prioritized for matches. While our program does its best to match a student's preferences, we cannot guarantee that these will be met.
Please note: The Homestay Program adheres to the University of Victoria's Policy on Human Rights, Equity and Fairness (GV0200):
Once matched, a Placement Contract is sent to the student and host.
Students have a financial obligation to their hosts for the duration of the Placement Contract dates. Students shall pay their hosts on the first day of their arrival in the home, and on the corresponding day of each following month for the duration of their stay.
Sometimes there are gaps between one registered program and the next consecutive program offered. When Homestay is the accommodation option provided for a program (Sept. to June), UVic Homestay will place students with a host family throughout their registered programs, including any gap periods. Please note that students applying to our summer short-term programs in July and August have the option of registering for dormitory accommodation only and cannot remain in Homestay during this time.
Please note that our general practice is to place students for the duration of their program. Any student wishing to end the hosting relationship may terminate the placement contract by providing a Two-Week Notice Form that has been signed by both parties (the student and the host). The form can be obtained from the UVic Homestay Office and once completed, must be submitted to the UVic Homestay office for review. Notice may only be given once a student has been living in the home for at least two weeks, so that the student completes one full month/payment period. The completed form must be submitted to the UVic Homestay office. Move out date into a new homestay placement is subject to availability within the Homestay Program. Student is responsible for paying the host for at least two weeks from the day the Two-Week Notice form is completed and signed. A Two-Week Notice Form cannot be used in combination with a Vacation Notice Form.
The more effort you put into your Homestay experience, the more reward you will gain from the experience. If you have a problem with your host family, please make sure that you talk to your host family in a positive and constructive manner so that you can solve the problem together. If a resolution to the problem cannot be found, students are encouraged to talk to the UVic Homestay staff about the situation.
We always keep the students' welfare in mind, and strive to support our students and hosts should a problem arise. Students are encouraged to come and speak to a Homestay Coordinator to explore ways to resolve the issue or conflict.
In case of emergency, the services of a translator will be secured by the Homestay Program to ensure the matter is resolved. This allows students to express themselves freely, without the language barrier. We have a roster of translator agencies in Victoria, which we have used in the past.
Additional services offered include:
These services are offered as part of the University of Victoria's student services, and bear no additional charge to students.
Monthly English programs: The homestay fee is $1260 CAD per program.
The homestay fee for programs longer than a full month is $1260 CAD per month and $42 CAD per night for extra nights or partial months.
Effective April 1, 2024:
UVic Visiting, Certificate, Diploma and Degree Students:
If you have any questions regarding payment, please contact the Homestay Program.
Please see the information sheet: Your Flight Details and Arrival in Victoria (PDF).
When your host family meets you at the arrival location, they will generally hold up a sign with your name on it. If you have shared photos, you might be able to recognize one another. If your flight was delayed, or in the very rare occasion that your host family is not at the agreed upon arrival location when you arrive:
If your host family is not at the arrival location to meet you and you cannot contact them by phone
If you need to arrive earlier than the date listed on the hosting dates:
If you are planning to arrive in the Homestay home after the hosting dates listed, you must contact your host with your request via email, with at least one week’s notice.
Students arriving on a weekday may be required to take a taxi, at the student’s expense, to the host’s home. Students arriving early in the day on a weekday are advised to take a taxi to the University of Victoria, Continuing Studies Building, and join the day’s activities – your host will be able to pick you up after their workday from the UVic campus. Please arrange this directly with your host.
We suggest that you carry your host’s cell phone number with you so you can phone or email them if there are changes or delays to your travel arrangements while you are travelling. If you have a cell phone, please provide your host with the number in case they need to call you.