The city of Vancouver welcomes hundreds of international students each year, and many of them choose to spend their first few months living with a Canadian homestay family. It’s a great way to learn very quickly about Canadian culture as well as to practice your language skills as often as possible.
There are several homestay placement agencies that specialize in helping international students find the right place to live, so students may find their home away from home. The placement agencies usually charge a fee for the service, as they must pre-screen the homestay families to provide a safe and supported home before offering it to students.
The monthly cost of living at a homestay starts off at around $750 CDN.
OMNI College has pre-screened local homestay options, and we have a select group of friendly and trustworthy homestay service providers available to OMNI students. Homestay arrangements as well as additional optional airport pickup services are booked directly with the homestay placement agency.
Once registered with OMNI College, you will be directed to a list of trusted providers to choose from.
Many newly arriving international students may opt for hotels for the first few days of their stay. Hotels may provide more privacy and self-independence and can serve as a temporary option before committing to more longer-term accommodations.
Hotels with kitchenettes and private entrances are also very suitable to meet government self-isolation requirements when you first arrive in the country. Below are a few options near the OMNI College campus:
- Accent Inn – Vancouver Airport Hotel. Many rooms come with kitchenettes and private entrances. Rates start at $88/night.
- La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Vancouver Airport Hotel. Rates start at $72/night.
- Sandman Hotel Vancouver Airport. Rates star at $106/night.
For details contact the hotel directly to inquire. This should not be considered in any way an endorsement or referral by the college, these are simply a sample of hotels located near the college.
Some students may choose to live in their own apartment or find a room mate to share with. OMNI College can also assist you by directing you to the appropriate sources.
Please note that shared accommodation and many homestay options may not be suitable for when you first arrive, as you must meet government self-isolation requirements during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. You should speak further with your OMNI Advisor who can support and guide you to source appropriate accommodations during your first 14-days in Canada.