Find a Home Away from Home
Where you live will have a major impact on your Kootenay experience. Explore on-campus and off-campus housing options or consider living with a family through Homestay.
Enhance your Canadian college experience by living in student housing in Castlegar or Nelson.
Interested in living off campus? Explore housing options in our local communities.
Staying with a Canadian family in homestay offers an opportunity to speak English daily, eat typical Canadian foods and learn about Canadian family life and culture.
Students in homestay live with their homestay family until the end of the semester (approximately four months) or the end of their program of study if they are studying for less than a full semester. If students wish to move at the end of the semester, they must notify their family at least 30 days before.
Interested in hosting a student? Find out more!
Three meals per day
How to apply
Complete the application form and return it to Selkirk College with three different pictures of yourself, a short letter of introduction for your host family and the $100 processing fee at least one month before your anticipated arrival date.
Application form for Castlegar
Please fill out all parts of the application form carefully as this helps us to place you with a family that will suit you. We will match you with your homestay family based on the information you give us about yourself and the kind of experience you hope to have.
Payments should be made to Selkirk College.
$100 homestay placement fee
Castlegar: $3,400/semester (4 months)
Nelson: $3,600/semester (4 months)
If you need to stay with your family for additional days at the end of the semester, the rate is $35 per day.
Short-term stays of less than a full semester may be possible and are charged the short-term rate of $360 for 10 days and $35–$50 per day, depending on the length of stay. Please contact us to find out more about this option.
If you have any questions, please contact Misoon Jang, international student services coordinator.