Homestay gives you the opportunity to live with a Vancouver family, improve your English, and learn more about Canadian life and culture. You may choose Homestay for your entire stay or for a short time (1 month). Short-term Homestay is available if you need a place to live while you look for an apartment.
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Homestay orientation and placement is on Monday. For EAP/IEP students, this is the day before your program starts. For all other students, this is the first day of your program.
You will have a furnished room (including a bed, bed linen and towels) and 3 meals a day. This includes a packed lunch on school days. You will have your own bedroom with a place for studying. In special circumstances, for short programs, you may share a room with another new ELI student. Homestay students typically use local transit buses [translink.ca] to travel to UBC from their homestay.
Host families are interested in foreign students and are happy to include them in their daily family life. ELI Homestay placement staff visit each host family and take special care to place students with families who have similar interests. Host families are selected carefully with your safety and comfort in mind.
Canadian host families come from many different cultures. They may be from Canada, Europe, Philippines, China, India, South America or other parts of the world. A host family may be a family with or without children, an older couple, a single parent, or even a single person. ELI families may live in apartments, small houses or large houses. In Canada, bedrooms may be on the first floor, second floor, or in the basement. Families may or may not have a car. Many Canadian families keep dogs or cats as pets in their homes.
Homestay Placement Day
Homestay placement day is on Monday, the first day of your program. On Homestay placement day, host families come to UBC to meet their students and take them to their new homes.
To respect the privacy of UBC ELI host families, ONLY students in the UBC ELI Homestay program may contact their host families. NO other persons are permitted to visit or contact UBC ELI host families.
The Homestay placement fee is paid directly to the ELI and the daily Homestay fee is paid directly to the host family.
|Homestay Placement Fee
paid to the UBc ELI (non-refundable)
fees paid to your host family (includes meals)
|2016 $200 CAD||$32 CAD/night - EAP/IEP
$35 CAD/night - EGC/BE
|2017 $200 CAD||$35 CAD/night - EAP/IEP
$37 CAD/night - EGC/BE
|2018 $250 CAD|
How to Arrange for Homestay Accommodation
To arrange for Homestay Accommodation, please check the appropriate box when you fill out the accommodation placement form.
Cancellation of Homestay or Moving
Students must give 30 days' notice before moving or leaving homestay.
Pre-Homestay is available on the Saturday and Sunday before the program starts. Pre-Homestay rooms are located in a dormitory on the UBC campus. If you choose pre-Homestay, you may end up sharing a room with another new ELI student. Bed linens are provided, but you should bring your own towels. Meals are not included in pre-Homestay, but there are many cafeterias and restaurants nearby.
Pre-Homestay Accommodation Fee
|Jan 1-May 14||$90 CAD/night|
|May 15-Aug 15||$32 CAD/night|
|Aug 16-Dec 31||$90 CAD/night|
To arrange for Pre-Homestay Accommodation, please check the appropriate box when you fill out the Accommodation Placement Form.
*Please note for EAP/IEP Term 2 start dates, students will go directly into Homestay and will not have any Pre-Homestay accommodations.
Campus Stay in Residence is also available during the summer months. Learn more here.