About the Homestay

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We are a multicultural, loving and fun family of three and have lived in Vancouver since 1992. We live in an amazing 5 bedroom house that is too big for us and we would love to share our space and lifestyle with students who prefer the comfort and safety of a family environment. We live on the top floor of the house and have 3 guest rooms for rent on the main floor with a separate entrance. The 3 guests will share a bathroom but will also have a fully equipped kitchen, dining and sitting area. Rooms are furnished elegantly.

Dunbar is situated in Vancouver's prestigious west-side and is surrounded by beautiful trees, lush forests, prestigious schools and parks. Our house is within 5 minutes of walking distance to movie theatre, community center, library, grocery shops, restaurants and buses. There are few buses within a block of the house. It takes 30 minutes to get to downtown with a direct bus and UBC is 15 minutes bus ride (direct bus) with ~5 min walk to the bus stop. The house is 15-20 minutes away from the airport.

We are an ideal homestay for international students as we will allow you the space and environment to thrive and also have fun. We love outdoors, gardening, music, cooking, yoga and practise a positive, fun and loving attitude in general. We also love travelling, meeting with new people and learning about new cultures. We look forward to welcoming you in our home and being part of this beautiful, multicultural city.

We respect each other, will respect you and will expect the same from you. Our home is a unique blend of traditional and modern values where there is no place for any illegal activities (illegal downloading, gambling, recreational drugs etc.). Alcohol consumption and overnight stays are only allowed with a permission. Quiet hours are between 10 PM and 6 AM. Sorry, but if you are a smoker please do not apply as we do not allow smoking in the house or anywhere in the vicinity. We believe in sustainability and would expect the same from you. You are expected to cook and clean for yourself but we can provide transportation, if needed. Cleaning duties will be shared with the other guests. A general list of rules is provided on your arrival and must be read and followed.

Thanks for reading and we look forward to hearing from you!

House Facilities
  • Garden
  • Bikes for use
  • Laundry
  • Patio
  • Parking
  • Internet Access
  • Smoke alarm

Bedrooms available for booking

Minimum stay is for 30 nights

Maximum stay is for 180 nights

Available for given dates

Smaller Room 2
From $23 per night
Single Room
Sleeps 1

Bathroom shared (with family / other guests)
1 Single Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates
Facilities
  • Desk and Lamp
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Carpet / Moquette
 1 guest
Monthly price
$700
Larger Room 1
From $31 per night
Single Room
Sleeps 1

Bathroom shared (with family / other guests)
1 Double Bed

Bedroom availableNot available for dates
Facilities
  • Desk and Lamp
  • Dresser / Drawers
  • Closet / Wardrobe
  • Bedside Locker / Nightstand
  • Carpet / Moquette
  • Mirror
 1 guest
Monthly price
$950
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About the Area

Our house is located on the west side of the city in a beautiful quiet neighbourhood full of trees and birds. The forest is walking distance and the beach is 10 minutes drive. Community center, movie theatre, library, coffee shops, restaurants, grocery stores are all within 5 blocks from the house. Bus stop is 1 block away and there are many more buses 5 blocks away. Great place for cycling, walking and enjoying the nature or entertainment.

Local Area Facilities
  • Park
  • Bus Stop

Meals

Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals, including a full breakfast, might incur an additional cost, if offered. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.

Included in the stay
  • Complimentary Light Breakfast
  • Use of Kitchen

House Rules

Our home is a unique blend of traditional and modern values where there is no place for any illegal activities (illegal downloading, gambling, recreational drugs etc.). Alcohol consumption and overnight stays are only allowed with a permission. Quiet hours are between 10 PM and 7 AM. Sorry, but this home is not for smokers. We believe in sustainability and would expect the same from you. You are expected to cook and clean for yourself but we can provide transportation, if needed. Cleaning duties will be shared with the other guest. A general list of rules is provided on your arrival and must be read and followed.

Smoking is not allowed.

4 Reviews

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    Mexico
    Age 18 - 24

    2 hearts
    October 2019

    I was going to stay for 4 months but moved after a month and a half, I wasn't feeling comfortable. The house is SUPER OLD, so it's very noisy and you can hear everyone's conversations and footsteps, as well as when someone is taking a shower or using the restroom. The heating system was installed in 1974, so it is super noisy as well. They told me I was going to share the place with only one roommate but I had to share the place with 2 people. They also had many rules they never told me about when we spoke. If you are planning on studying in UBC just as me, just consider this place is at least 30 minutes away (it can take more time at certain times) and after midnight, there are NO buses going to this part of the city, not from downtown nor from UBC. Only rent this place if you don't mind the noise and the distance.

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    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Madhu in ,

    Sorry Gladys that you were unable to co-exist with the people in the house. However, I want to clarify that the rules you are complaining about are actually all listed on this listing which you are expected to read and we made you aware about them when you arrived. The rules are there to ensure that everyone can co-exist and there are quiet times which everyone is expected to follow. This is not a hotel but co-existing in a house so there are bound to be rules. We live in residential neighbourhood and I certainly have no control over the transit. Each renter is provided heater in their own rooms so the central heating is not turned on at night to avoid the noise issue. I have never had any complaints about the noise from any other student and we have been hosting for few years now. We are very mindful of the noise and are quiet during the stated quiet times but one needs to function during day hours. I also want to state that actually we get the cleaner to clean the washroom and kitchen area weekly and do not charge students extra. I am glad that you have found a place that is better fit for you.

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    France
    Age 35 - 44

    5 hearts
    June 2019

    Madhu and her family are very lovely.
    Than you so much.
    Madhu est toujours disponible si besoin, ouverte et à l'écoute. La maison est propre et le quartier très agréable.
    Je recommande à 100%

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    Germany
    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    June 2019

    I enjoyed the stay with a very helpful and nice family. Very clean apartment with a separate kitchen and bathroom. You are alone when you want to or you are invited to dinner and movie night. The apartment is located in a quiet part of town with good shopping facilities and bars. Highly recommended.

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Madhu in ,

    It was great hosting you Sebastian! Feel free to come visit us anytime during your stay in Vancouver!

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    Denmark
    Age 25 - 34

    5 hearts
    April 2019

    Madhu and her loving family was very welcoming and helpful. I enjoyed my stay and would recommend this place to others. Nice facilities with everything you need in a beautiful area in Vancouver.

    Host reply
    Homestay Host Family Madhu in ,

    Thanks Lars! It was great hosting you and getting to know you.

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