Many Canadian families welcome international students. Homestays offer a more stable and
secure environment for younger people coming to study in Canada.
Typically, a homestay consists of a Canadian family hosting a student in their home while
student attends classes in Canada. Meals and a private furnished room are provided in
home, and the host family welcomes and encourages participation in family and community
Homestays are arranged by the school and students are matched with families who share
Many universities have accommodation conveniently located on or near their campus. Rooms
vary in size and in quality, and many dormitories have shared kitchens, toilets, showers
There is usually an option of having either a shared or private room, and dormitories are
usually separated by gender. In some cases, there are cafeterias and meal plans that can
included in the cost of the room. Most dormitories come furnished, and are an ideal way
become involved in campus activities and meet other students.
Renting is an option open to international students coming to Canada. Many students share
accommodation to keep costs down and usually find places to meet their needs and
Many schools offer an off-campus housing service, which can provide affordable listings
that are near the campus. At this service centre, those seeking shared accommodations
also find roommates. Once on campus, students will often find a variety of postings
throughout the campus advertising nearby housing, but it is always best to make
arrangements before coming to Canada.
There are different types of places international students can rent in Canada. A house is
usually too expensive for one student to rent, but many students share or rent suites (a
self-contained unit with a kitchen, toilet, bath and bedroom) within a larger home.
Apartments are another option, where one has a kitchen, toilet, bath, and one or two
bedrooms. Most rental apartments do not include furniture or meals. Some, however,
include the cost of heat and/or electricity in the rent.
In Canada, a public health care system covers visits to doctors and specialists, as well
some hospital stays and medical procedures. Dental costs, prescription eye glasses, and
non-prescription drugs are not covered and can be paid for through the purchase of
insurance coverage. Each province administers its own health care system and the
requirements for international students to access health care will vary from province to
Overall, international students have access to good health services coverage at an
cost. Health insurance must be arranged before arrival in Canada. Student can purchase
health coverage from a private health insurance company or enroll in a university or
health plan. The health coverage requirements vary from province to province and some
provinces provide health coverage plans to international students.