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Homestay Program

  • What is a homestay?

    A homestay is an opportunity for an international or exchange student to live with a host family in their home.  

    These host families (and their homes) have gone through an application and screening process to make sure they are suitable for hosting international or exchange students at our university. 

    The Canada Homestay Network (CHN) operates our university's Homestay Program

  • Benefits of homestay

    Homestays are a great option for many reasons.

    Short-term homestays

    Both short-term (several weeks) and long-term homestays are available. It can be difficult for students to search for an apartment or rental unit they like when they are not familiar with the area and are not even in Canada. Short-term homestays can be a great temporary option for the first few weeks after student arrives in Canada while they look for a more permanent place to live.  

    Benefits of a host family

    • Host families can support students with their adjustment to Canada and Oshawa.
    • Host families can help improve students' English skills through regular interaction in English.

    Meals can be included

    Homestays can include meals if that accommodation option is selected. This is helpful for students who do not know how to cook or are nervous about cooking when they first arrive.

  • Expectations for homestay students

    When living with a host family, students must follow certain guidelines. Review the CHN Student Guide to learn more about expectations regarding topics such as overnight guests, laundry, smoking, meals and more.

  • Homestay fees and accommodation options

    Find out about homestay program lengths, fees, and accommodation options (i.e. what is included with your homestay).


On-campus residence

  • Residence options

    Residences are a great option as they allow students to live with other UOIT and Durham College students. Residences are also convenient as they are located on campus.

    Different residence buildings have different layouts. When making your selections, you should think carefully about your preferences. 

    • If you are planning to cook your own food, make sure you know where the kitchens are located in the residence building you choose.
    • Be aware that you may have roommates or suitemates (share a kitchen and bathroom with other students).
    • Be aware that some buildings have mandatory meal plans while others have optional ones.

    View residence options.

  • Fees and fee deadlines
  • Important considerations

    Know your move-in dates

    Residences have fixed move-in and move-out dates; these can be found on the Residence website.

    If you are planning to arrive before those dates, you will need to speak with the residences to see if they can allow you to move in earlier. There is typically an early-move-in charge.

    • If you are planning to arrive to Canada even earlier than what residences will allow, you will need to find temporary accommodations.  

    What residences don't include

    Your residence accommodations will not include the following items:

    • cutlery and dishes (e.g. spoons, forks, cups, plates, pots, pans)
    • towels and linens (e.g. bed sheets, pillows)
    • toiletries (e.g. shampoo, soap, toothpaste)
  • Contact residences

    Our university's residences are owned and operated by Campus Living Centres. Questions about residences should not be sent to the university; please contact the residences directly.

    Find out more and apply by visiting the UOIT residence website.  


Off-campus housing

  • Accommodation search

    There are lots of off-campus residences near the university. You can rent an apartment or sublet a room. To learn more about your options, visit our Off-campus living page.  

    This website also provides useful checklists on what to consider when signing a lease, what to look for when viewing an apartment or room, and what items you may want to consider buying (or bringing with you) when you first move in.

    You can also get one-on-one support by emailing ocl@uoit.ca.

  • Important considerations

    When deciding where to live, it is important to think about the following:

    • Distance from the school.
    • How much it will cost.
    • Costs in addition to rent (e.g., Internet, hydroelectric, water, gas).
    • Roommates and privacy.
    • Building safety.
    • Whether it's fully-furnished, partially-furnished, or not furnished:
      • You will most likely want somewhere fully-furnished since you won't have any furniture when you arrive.
      • Make sure you understand what is included when they say fully- or partially-furnished.
    • Where the laundry machines are located and if they cost extra.
    • Whether you need to make payments upfront (some off-campus accommodations will require first and last months' rent to be paid before you move in).
    • Move-in and move-out dates.
    • Access to kitchen, and whether the kitchen comes equipped with supplies (such as pots, pans, plates, etc.).
    • How long your lease agreement is for:
      • If you don't like the location, shorter leases make it easier to move out.

Temporary accommodations

  • Consider temporary homestay

    If you would like somewhere to stay in Canada when you first arrive until you make a decision on more permanent accommodations, you may want to consider our university's Homestay Program (above) operated by the Canada Homestay Network.

  • Nearby hotels

    If you do not have somewhere to stay when you first arrive in Canada, you may want to stay at a hotel near the university.

    We recommend the following hotels based on their distance to the university and how easily you can get to campus using public transportation.

    •  La Quinta Inn and Suites in Oshawa, Ontario.
      • Use the discount code UOIT12 to get a preferred nightly rate.
    • Holiday Inn Express & Suites (67 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa, Ontario L1G 4S3).
      • Book online or call 1.877.660.8550.
  • Residence and Conference Centre

    Instead of a hotel, you may decide to stay on campus in one of our residence buildings. The Residence and Conference Centre (RCC) operates during the summer. Visit the RCC website for details.


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