Residence living offers students unique experiences and great support for academic and personal success. Living in a residence helps you to combine your academic studies with social, recreational and leadership activities and for younger students, Residence Advisors and staff are available to help whenever needed as they settle in or throughout their stay.
Many residences offer organized social events like movie nights, laser tag, BBQs, sports activities and games, where students can form friendships that last a lifetime.
Some residences even have on-campus recreation facilities including weight training rooms, beach volleyball courts, and sports fields.
Schools: VIU, Okanagan College
The purpose of the Homestay or Peerstay Program is to provide international students with a supportive and welcoming environment in a Canadian family’s home. It is also an opportunity to learn and practice English. Host families are very valuable in helping students become familiar with Canadian customs and culture and introducing them to their community.
In general, when living in homestay, students will have their own private bedroom, an area to study quietly, while sharing the rest of the house with family members. In homestay, food is provided by the family while cooking and meal preparation is shared by all family members. Students may be taught to make their own breakfast and lunch while family members prepare dinner. Most families share household chores.
All hosts are carefully screened by our educational partners’ Homestay offices or homestay partners and a personalized match between you and your Canadian host, based on your backgrounds, interests, lifestyles, and educational goals is made.
Most schools recommend that mature students spend at least 3 months in a homestay for the additional benefits that the experience provides.
Peerstay is suited for independent students who are interested in living with a Canadian family, but who wish to cook their own meals, buy their own groceries and be responsible for their own dishes. The family will provide you with opportunities to practice your English language skills, and to learn about Canadian cultures and customs.
Off-campus, Independent Rentals of Apartments, Room and Board and Shared Housing
There are many different types of apartments, room and board, and shared housing opportunities in each city for students who are 18 years or older.
Some of our partners have in-house rental assistants for new students, but students can make their own plans.
NYIT – Vancouver offers Mature Students, off-campus Global Education City Student Residence
NYIT-Vancouver students stay in Viva Tower, located downtown close to the campus. The 800-square-foot apartments come fully furnished, complete with glass showers and soaking tubs. The building also includes amenities such as a weight room, a sitting lounge with a large balcony, weekly common area housekeeping, and secured underground parking.
Once you have completed your first semester, you are welcome to stay in other forms of accommodations, including private rentals.
All international students are required by law to have medical insurance while studying in Canada. Health care services in Canada can be very expensive and for this reason, insurance is mandatory. A standard visit to the emergency room at a British Columbia hospital, for example, costs $750 PLUS charges for additional tests.
Each of our education partners has insurance providers and will offer their programs to you upon application unless you arrange your own before arriving in Canada.
Please Contact Education Partners International for more information.