Apply to be a Homestay Family

Thank you for your interest in the Homestay Program at London Language Institute. We are always looking for warm and caring individuals to partner with us to provide an unforgettable educational experience for our students in Canada.

Our students come from around the globe – with varied interests and goals. We have students as young as 11 years old during our summer months, and the majority of our students from September to June are between the ages of 16-25.  Occasionally, we welcome more “mature” students as well – our oldest homestay student was 77 years old! Some students may stay with as little as a few weeks; others may stay a year or more.

Homestays are responsible for providing a private, furnished room in the home (including bed with linens (bedsheets, comforter, pillow, towels), closet and/or dresser for storage of personal items, and a desk with chair for studying. Laundry facilities should be available for student use, though homestays are not required to do the laundry for students (instruction and assistance will likely be required in the beginning). Homestays also provide students with 3 meals/day – breakfast, lunch (packed on school days), and dinner. Homestays need to be accessible to downtown London by bus (preferably less than 30 minutes on direct bus route). Homestays should be a “home away from home”, where students can share time and conversation with the members of the homestay, and feel safe and welcomed. A monthly fee of $800 is paid for the room, board, and care provided.

If being a homestay sounds like a good fit for your home and family, please complete the application form that follows. The application will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Please provide as much information as possible, as this will assist us in matching you with a student who is a good fit for your home. We understand that some of these questions may appear to be very personal; however they are not meant to be discriminatory. Our students often have preferences of families in regards to religion, age, and family dynamics, and we try to match families based on these requests to the best of our ability.

Once the application has been submitted, we will email you to ask for a few photos of you and your family, your home and the room(s) the student(s) will live in. We will also ask to you to provide a valid (clean) police check for the vulnerable sector, which is not more than five years old for each member of your household who is 18 or older. If you do not have police record checks available now, we will provide you with instructions on how to obtain these. Once we have the application, photos and police record checks, our Homestay Coordinator will review the application and contact you to set up a group information session for several applicants together. Finally, an interview will be conducted in your home (approx. 25 minutes). Thank you again for your interest and we will be in touch with you promptly.

Primary Applicant

The primary applicant is an adult in the household who will be the primary point of contact for homestay-related correspondence.

Secondary Applicant

The secondary applicant is an adult in the household, typically the spouse or partner of the primary applicant. If there is only one adult living in the home, this section does not need to be completed; however, if there is a second adult in the home, this section must be completed.

Information about your Home

Please indicate the total number of bedrooms in the house (including those occupied by current residents)

Driving students to and from school every day is NOT a requirement; however, homestays are asked to pick up students from the school or Robert Q station on their date of arrival, and help them get to school on the first day. If you do not have a vehicle, you will need to make alternate arrangements for these days (ex. help from friend/neighbour, taxi)

Students with allergies may request homes without carpeting. Please choose the option below that best describes your home.

A full washroom has a toilet, sink and shower/tub.

Please indicate the total number of rooms in the home reserved for homestay students (even if some or all of those rooms are currently occupied)

Please provide any additional information about your home that you feel would be beneficial for students to know (ie. pool/hot tub, exercise equipment, musical instruments available for use)

Information for Student Bedroom 1

To calculate square footage, multiple the length by the width of the room (for example a room that is 10' x 12' will be 120 square feet.

A private washroom is one that only the student in this room can use.

Information for Student Bedroom 2

To calculate square footage, multiple the length by the width of the room (for example a room that is 10' x 12' will be 120 square feet.

A private washroom is one that only the student in this room can use.

Information for Student Bedroom 3

To calculate square footage, multiple the length by the width of the room (for example a room that is 10' x 12' will be 120 square feet.

A private washroom is one that only the student in this room can use.

Information for Student Bedroom 4

To calculate square footage, multiple the length by the width of the room (for example a room that is 10' x 12' will be 120 square feet.

A private washroom is one that only the student in this room can use.

Information about your family

Please describe marital/relationship status of the adult(s) in the home

Please indicate if you have children under the age of 18 currently living in your home.

Please provide information about your child/children, including name(s), gender(s), and date(s) of birth.

Please indicate if there are other adults living in the home aside from the primary/secondary applicants (not including international students). Other adults may include children aged 18 or over, relatives of the primary/secondary applicant(s), borders, or long-term guests. Please note that other adults in the home will also be required to complete a vulnerable sector police record check.

Please provide details about the other adults in the home, including name(s), gender(s), date(s) of birth, and relationship to applicant(s). Do not include information about homestay students as this will be asked in a subsequent question.

Please provide details about the current international students in the home, including name(s), gender(s), date(s) of birth, and nationality.

Please describe the pets currently in the home, including type of pet and temperament. For dogs, please include size and breed.

Please explain if you have any specific dietary practices/restrictions in the home (ie. vegetarian, allergies, etc.), and what types of meals are typically prepared in your home.

Please describe any hobbies/interests of the family (ie. sports/activities, musical instruments played, entertainment preferences).

Please let us know about any countries you have visited, or cultural experiences.

Please indicate your religious affiliation (or absence of), and any religious practices (ie. attend church/mass, prayers before meals, etc.). Please also indicate if homestay students would be welcome to join these practices.

Please use this space to provide additional information about your family not captured in the questions above.

Preferences for Homestay Students

Please answer the questions below to describe the students you would like to host.

We occasionally have couples (married, commonlaw, or dating) join us who request to reside in the same room. Homestay fees for this arrangement are $1300/month.

Please note that many of our students during July and August are 12-16 years old. The majority of students from September to June are 16 years old or older.

Please describe which countries, cultures, religions you are not willing to host students from. If comfortable, provide your reasons.

Please indicate which of the following dietary restrictions are you ABLE to accommodate.

Please provide 3 references we can contact. If you have hosted students in the past, at least one student reference is preferred. Other references can include other homestays, friends, or co-workers. Immediate family members should not be used as references.

Please include name, email address (preferred) and/or telephone number, and relationship to applicant.

Please include name, email address (preferred) and/or telephone number, and relationship to applicant.

Please include name, email address (preferred) and/or telephone number, and relationship to applicant.