Homestay Information for Students

Homestay is a great accommodation option for international and domestic students who prefer a “family-like” living arrangement. We have a wide variety of host families registered in our program who love meeting people from around the world and sharing our beautiful island with them.

How to apply:

  1. Read the Homestay Agreement and frequently asked questions (FAQs) below.
  2. Fill out our Homestay Application form. We use this information to try to match you with a host family who best fits your preferences, personality, and lifestyle. Email your complete application to the Homestay Coordinator at homestay@upei.ca.
  3. Please apply for Homestay at least 4 weeks before your arrival date. Late applications will be accepted, but UPEI cannot guarantee that a Homestay placement will be found. 
  4. Upon arrival at UPEI, you must meet with the Homestay Coordinator to review the terms of the Homestay agreement.

Information for minors (students under 18 years of age)

International minor students are required by law to have an appointed custodian within a reasonable distance of their place of study. If a student is 17.5 years of age on their arrival to Charlottetown, UPEI may be able to find a host family who is willing to act as custodian. In all other cases, minor students are responsible for finding their own custodian.

Studying in Canada as a minor (Canadian Immigration and Citizenship website) 

End of Semester – Homestay Report

  • Each semester, students are responsible for reporting their intention to continue, transfer, or end their Homestay placement.
  • Complete the End of Semester Homestay Report and submit this document to the Homestay Coordinator at least 4 weeks before the end of the semester.

FAQs

How much does Homestay cost?

  • There is a $300 CAD non-refundable application fee, which helps to cover the administrative costs of running a Homestay program. Please note that your Homestay application will not be considered complete until this fee is submitted.
  • The monthly fee is $800 CAD (due every 4 weeks). Students pay the first and last month’s fees (totalling $1,600 CAD) at least two weeks before their arrival. A student’s first month of fees is paid through UPEI. UPEI holds a student’s last month of fees as a deposit and will use this money to pay the host for the last month of Homestay.
  • Extra nights of Homestay are charged at the rate of $35 per night.

What does Homestay include?

  • Homestay includes a private furnished bedroom, access to home amenities (including WiFi and laundry), and 3 meals per day.
  • In many households, students prepare their own breakfast and pack their own lunch, and everyone enjoys a family style meal together in the evening (as often as possible).
  • If the Homestay is not located within walking distance or along the bus line, host families also provide transportation to and from UPEI once a day.

How long can I stay in Homestay?

  • Homestay placements are made for the semester (see UPEI's Calendar Dates for semester information). This time commitment gives students and hosts a chance to get to know each other and become comfortable living together.
  • The placement can extend for as many semesters as both student and host agree to.
  • Students are responsible for notifying the Homestay Coordinator 4 weeks in advance of when they plan to move out. The Homestay Coordinator will process the student’s last month of Homestay fees through UPEI.

What if I want to move out early?

  • Students are not permitted to move out or give notice of moving out within the first month of their Homestay placement.
  • If, after the first month, a student wishes to move out of Homestay, he/she is required to give at least 4 weeks’ notice to both their host and the Homestay Coordinator. Failure to give 4 weeks’ notice will result in a student losing part or all of their $800 deposit.

What if I’m not happy with my Homestay placement?

  • If you feel your host family is not meeting their requirements under the Homestay agreement, please discuss your concerns with the Homestay Coordinator as soon as possible.
  • Other concerns, such as distance from UPEI or a personality mismatch, should also be discussed with the Homestay Coordinator. Efforts will be made to help improve any difficulties. A transfer may be arranged at the sole discretion of the Homestay Coordinator.

Important documents

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