Attending college in a new place can be daunting if it is your first time away from home – especially in a city as vibrant and exciting as Vancouver. Many international students choose to live with a homestay family during the first few months they arrive so that they can transition to life in Vancouver more easily. Our Homestay Coordinator will find the best fit for your new home by personally matching you with a homestay family who will care for you and make sure your needs are met. Experience new customs, traditions, and different ways of seeing the world. Columbia College Homestay will support you every step of the way.

Every year approximately 300 students are placed in CC homestay. As mandated by the Government of Canada, all students under the age of 19 must have a custodian who will take care of and support them. If you are in need of a custodian, we will match you with one. Custodians and homestay families are screened and selected for the best fit. We also provide airport transportation services, if needed, to get you from the airport to your homestay family.

About Homestay

Columbia College’s Homestay program provides international students an opportunity to live in a Canadian home and experience local culture while pursuing their studies.

Why Homestay?

Experience Canadian life
Integrate smoothly into Canadian life and cultures by living with a Canadian homestay family.

Build your language skills
Improve on or learn a new language as you communicate with your homestay family.

Enjoy the convenience
Adjust more quickly to your academic and social life in Canada, as your homestay family prepares meals for you each day and makes sure your basic needs are met.

Explore Vancouver
Your homestay family will assist you in experiencing the best of what the city has to offer.

Create lifelong friendships
Your homestay family will care for and support you as you adjust to living in a new city, and make sure your time in Vancouver is memorable.

Our Mission

To provide a safe and caring environment to all international students while ensuring their academic goals are achieved. Columbia College Homestay’s goal is to establish lifelong relationships between international students and Canadian families so that students have fond memories of their time spent in Canada.

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Rosemary Mooney
Homestay Coordinator

[email protected]
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Office: 333 Terminal Ave. (4th floor, room 414)
Hours: Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 3 pm