Students playing ping pong in Student Housing, Tenth Street Campus

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. 

Selkirk College students outside at Student Housing, Nelson BC

On-Campus Housing
Enhance your Canadian college experience by living in student housing in Castlegar or Nelson.

Looking over Nelson from Gyro lookout in fall

Off-Campus Housing
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!

Homestay includes:

  • Private room

  • Three meals per day

  • Laundry facilities

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

Application from for Nelson

Homestay Handbook

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.

Become a Homestay Host Family
Welcome a student into your home.