Frequently Asked Questions
Homestay prices depend on how many meals you would like per day.
- No meals: $650/month, $175/week, $25/day
- Breakfast & Dinner: $760/month, $190/week, $28/day
- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner: $800/month, $200/week, $30/day
Homestays are within 35 minutes of the school by public transport. You will get a map of your homestay location before arrival. To see a sample homestay profile that you will receive prior to arrival click here. The school is located in the centre of Toronto.
No, sorry, you can’t choose your homestay. However, if you are not happy with the homestay host profile that we will send to you two weeks after registration you can ask to change your homestay. In addition, after you arrive in Canada you have up to 5 days to request to change your homestay at no extra cost. You will be able to move within one week. In July, the peak season, it will take two weeks. If you request a move due to a serious problem with your accommodation we will move you between 24 and 72 hours after your request depending on how serious the situation is.
Yes, you can pay for your homestay monthly. However, you must provide us with 2 weeks notice if you decide to move / change your accommodation.
If you have dietary restrictions such as you are vegetarian or do not eat pork we will place you with a host family who can accommodate your needs. Your homestay however is not a restaurant and you cannot demand special meals each day. However, we do encourage you tell your host family about the foods you like (example: I have carrots, I love rice) and do not like and they will be happy to help you.
All homestay families are Canadian. However, not all Canadians are white with blonde hair and blue eyes. Canada is an immigrant country and Toronto is the most ethnically diversified city the world. This means that your Canadian homestay may be originally from somewhere else, another country. All homestays however must always speak in English in the house, have lived in Canada for at least 6 years and speak English fluently.
- Homestay accommodation
- Residence accommodation
- Basic residence
- Stanadard residence
- Luxury residence
- Private Apartment
Homestays and Basic Residences are located on average about 25 – 30 minutes away from the school by public transportations. Standard and Luxrious Residences are located on average about 10- 20 minutes away from the school on foot.
We suggest at least 3 weeks advanced booking for homestay and 4weeks for Residence Type accommodation in order to meets your specific request in accommodation. Please note that in summer time ( Late May – Mid August ) all residences and homestays get full very quickly and further advanced booking of 4 to 6 weeks is recommended.
Yes, you can pay your accommodation fees monthly but must give at least 2 weeks advance notice if you wish to move out. If you do not give 2 weeks notice you will be responsible for the next payment.
Yes you can. We will try our best to keep you in the same accommodation where you are staying, but keep in mind that this is based on availability. We require 4 weeks of advance notice for any change or extension to your accommodation.
If you are considering this option, we would recommend you take accommodation in one of our basic residences. This option is in a student house – basically a family house converted to receive students – and with no host family. In this option all students are free to use kitchen facilities.
I have some food allergies and require a special diet. Can the homestay/residence meal plan be adapted to my needs?
In most cases our homestays can accommodate special diets for religious or health reasons. For residences, generally there is a standard and a vegetarian meal plan and no special changes can be accommodated. When you register, please advise us of your diet and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Homestay Guidelines For students staying in homestay Host Family Your host family plays a very important role in your learning experience. They offer the security of a home base where you will live and build on your studies. The host family will not only welcome and introduce you to the Canadian experience, but, will assist you in fitting into the culture so that you get the most out of your experience. All kinds of families are involved–and have agreed to provide you with the following:
- Fully furnished and equipped (linens, towels) private room with a desk and lamp
- Private or shared bath
- Nutritious meals – up to 3 meals a day, continental breakfast, bag lunch and warm dinner
- Accessible to Public Transport (within 30-40 minutes of Quest)
- Clean and comfortable accommodation
- Respect for Privacy
- Access to telephone, television, laundry and other household amenities
- English language support
- Introduction into Canadian culture and family life
In the interests of health, hygiene and fire safety, smoking is not permitted in Homestays or Residences. You must smoke outdoors only and some families may not allow you to smoke outside on their property. You may be asked to leave your accommodation at your own expense should you choose not to follow this rule.