Homestay/Billeting Program

Homestay is a special housing service that strives to match domestic and international students with a host or host family.  Students have an opportunity to enjoy cultural, social, and recreational activities that are as varied as their hosts, with the benefit of living in a supportive environment.

Hosts vary from young families with children and pets, to couples with older children who no longer live at home, to single individuals.  All hosts share an interest in helping students adjust to and learn about our way of life in Northern Ontario. Each potential host family is screened by the Career Programs & International Services Officer and then matched with students.

In order to participate in the Student Homestay Program all families/individuals must provide a completed application form. Upon review, an in-person interview and physical inspection of the home will be performed by the Career Programs & International Services Officer to ensure the host and living conditions are suitable for the Homestay Program.

Host families are paid a monthly amount of $450 (meals not provided) or $690 (meals provided) by the student. These rates are open to negotiation between the student and host family.

If a host is deemed suitable for the program, proof of a recent Police Background Check for everyone in the home that is 18 years of age or older must be provided.  These background checks are only valid for a three year period and are paid for by the family/individual.  The process can take up to six weeks to complete. Once you have received your background check, please make a copy of the document and submit it to Northern College to the attention of the International Office.

Northern College and the International Office appreciate the cooperation of all host families.  If there are any questions or concerns regarding the Homestay program, please contact the International Office.


Host Application Form (Word Version) | Host Application Form (PDF Fillable Form)

Student Application Form (Word Version) | Student Application Form (PDF Fillable Form)

For more information, contact:
international@northern.on.ca