Tuesday, February 9, 2016

How to Shop for a HOMESTAY in Canada

Homestay can be a wonderful experience for international students in Canada. There are some excellent Canadian families that take a genuine interest in the international students and provide a wealth of experience and care to the students.

Homestay is accommodation for international students with Canadian families while studying ESL English in Canada. Students can use the registration form for homestay with a Canadian homestay family.

How to Shop for a HOMESTAY in Canada

Questions to Ask

  • Do I receive a written copy of the rules and responsibilities of the homestay?
  • Is my homestay contract with the family, homestay contractor or the school?
  • If there is a problem who do I complain to or ask for a refund?
  • If my homestay is inadequate is seven days notice enough to change?
  • Where is the homestay located?
  • Is commuting time less than 30 minutes?
  • Is the homestay located on a public transportation route?
  • Is the homestay family Native English speakers?
  • How many family members, pets and other ESL students in the house?
  • Do I get a single room, or a shared room?
  • Do I have access to the TV, radio, telephone, Email, computer?
  • How much time will the family spend with me each day?
  • Do I have a choice of food that is served?
  • Will the family prepare food so I do not gain or lose weight ?
  • Can I buy my own lunch ( and/or dinner) and pay less for homestay?
  • Do I have to do my own laundry outside of the homestay?

Original post and additional info

Friday, July 25, 2014

Homestays in Canada with a Canadian Family

Homestay for ESL English students in Canada
Homestay can be a wonderful experience for international students in Canada. There are some excellent Canadian families that take a genuine interest in the international students and provide a wealth of experience and care to the students.
Homestay is accommodation for international students with Canadian families while studying ESL English in Canada. Students can use the registration form for homestay with a Canadian homestay family.

Example Student Homestay Residence in Toronto

picture of international student homestay residence
Features:
  • 2 private bedrooms $400 each per month with own cable TV
  • Shared bathroom with fellow ESL student
  • Central air conditioning
  • Unlimited high speed Internet and Pentium computer
  • Quite and friendly established west end neighborhood
  • One bus ride to subway, 35 minutes to downtown Toronto
  • Walking distance to Cineplex Theatre and shopping malls
  • Share modern kitchen for meal preparation
  • Laundry facility
  • grocery shopping can be arranged with the Homestay family
  • Smoke free and pet free
Bed Room 1
Student's Bedroom 1

Bed Room #2
Student's Bedroom 2


Homestay information for ESL English students in Canada

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Short Term Stays at a Toronto Hostel

We recommend that students stay in a hostel for a week and use the time to tour student residences and ESL schools - it helps students pick the best school and hostel/homestay or apartment when living in Toronto for a 6 to 12 month period.

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Neill-Wycik Backpackers Hotel
Excellent choice for solo travellers   
Located within downtown Toronto, this student co-op lends rooms out to the public throughout the summer. The hotel is an 8 minutes' walk from the Dundas TTC subway station.
6.5   Review score  
518 up-to-date reviews 
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HI-Toronto Hostel
8.1   Very good  
1,533 up-to-date reviews 
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Kensington College Backpackers
Excellent choice for a group of friends 
Located in the city centre, this Toronto property provides breakfast and free Wi-Fi.
A pizza restaurant and a guest kitchen are on site.
The University of Toronto is 5 minutes’ walk away.
6.4   Review score  
365 up-to-date reviews
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University of Toronto-New College Residence-45 Willcocks Residence
Experience the excitement of Toronto city centre at one of Canada's largest universities.
Situated in the city's historic district, the property is 10 minutes' walk from Spadina subway station.
7.6   Good  
121 up-to-date reviews 
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Toronto Travellers Home
 Less than 5 minutes' walk from Spadina Avenue and Toronto's Chinatown,
Toronto Travellers Home offers free WiFi.
Coin laundry facilities are located on the premises of this hostel.
5.3   Review score  
434 up-to-date reviews
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University Apartment
University Apartment is a hostel located in Toronto's Chinatown.
Free WiFi is available.
The trendy Kensington Market neighbourhood is only 5 minutes' walk from this property.
5.3   Review score  
362 up-to-date reviews
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University of Toronto - New College Residence - Wilson Hall Residence
Experience the excitement of Toronto city centre at one of Canada's largest universities.
7.9   Good  
143 up-to-date reviews
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Chinatown Travellers Home
Less than 5 minutes' walk from Spadina Avenue and the heart of Toronto's Chinatown,
Chinatown Travellers Home offers free WiFi.
Each simply furnished room includes air conditioning and a desk.
6.0   Review score  
365 up-to-date reviews
*****
Locarno Hostel 
Located in Toronto, Locarno Hostel has a shared kitchen and lounge area.
Free WiFi access is available.
A desk, sofa, and air conditioning are offered in each room at the hostel.
7.1   Good  
357 up-to-date reviews
*****
All Days Hostel
This centrally located Toronto hostel offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and free telephone
calls anywhere in North America. It is just 4 minutes’ walk away from Sherbourne Station metro stop.
7.6   Good  
256 up-to-date reviews
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The Only Backpacker's Inn
The Only Backpacker's Inn is within 110 metres from Donlands Subway Station,
in the Danforth area.
It features free Wi-Fi access, shared BBQ facilities and an on-site cafe-bar/restaurant.
8.2   Very good  
251 up-to-date reviews
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Kensington Market House
Located in a bustling neighbourhood of downtown Toronto, Kensington Market
House offers free WiFi. Guests can enjoy a communal kitchen offering an
oven, a microwave and an electric kettle.
7.8   Good  
324 up-to-date reviews
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Nap Station Toronto YYZ
Mississauga  ( 11.7 miles from Toronto ) 
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Nap Station Toronto YYZ offers
accommodation in Mississauga. Free private parking is available on site.
All rooms are equipped with a shared bathroom.
8.0   Very good  
6 up-to-date reviews
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Booking.com online hotel reservations 
12 hostels are available in and around Toronto