About the Homestay
We are an Australian family that relocated to Vancouver 10 years ago. My teen daughter and I are experienced homestay hosts for many years to International and local students especially with the UBC English Language Institute, nearby Secondary schools (Kits, Lord Byng, Eaton Arrowsmith & the Whitecaps Academy.
Kitsilano (Kits to locals) is where the action is, being close to a vibrant diverse community within walking distance to beaches, shops, bars, restaurants/cafes, community centre and library. There is easy access to transport routes to and from downtown, UBC and the Canada Line (train network) or hire a bike to ride along the dedicated bike lanes or seawall for a fun day out.
Our current homestay student is returning home for the summer and therefore have one large bedroom available from August 1. It is situated on the main floor of a sunny spacious 3 bedroom detached house. It has a comfortable queen sized bed, 100% cotton sheets/towels, desk/chair, mirror, lamps, walk-in wardrobe & TV + fridge (if required). Note: the bedroom will be cleared out and replaced with a neutral design, unless you are a Juventus football fan.
We can also offer a wide variety of healthy home cooked meals from around the world such as Japanese, Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Australian, Indian and more in both vegetarian or meat options. We can also provide fresh fruits, snacks, baked goods, smoothes, juices and choose organics whenever possible. This can be arranged separately at extra cost. We prefer to host a female full-time student or worker and have a current valid police record check.
Happy to answer any questions you may have and thank you for visiting our page.
- Non Smoking
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
Our house is located on the west side of the city in a vibrant community close to famous Kits beach. We are 5 km from downtown and only 15 minutes drive from the airport. Bus stops are only minutes away by foot from the house off Broadway going east/west (UBC & links to train station) or to MacDonald St going north/south (downtown). Kits is bike friendly, very safe and walkable.
Local Area Facilities
- Shopping Centre
- Water sports
- Health club
- Bus Stop
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
Available on request at an extra cost
- Half Board
- Full Board
- Packed lunch
Diet Type available on request
- Lactose Intolerant
Please be respectful of our home. Keep your room clean. No overnight guests or partying. Quiet time after 10pm (includes shower and laundry). No pets, vaping or drug use - sorry.
Smoking is not allowed.
Absolutely loved my stay at Alison's house, it was the best thing that could have happened to me. The house is spatious, clean and perfectly situated in a cool neighbourhood. Alison is the kindest person on earth and also an excellent chef. She made my adaptation to Vancouver so much easier and was always open for a chat. I had the pleasure to keep in contact with her after the homestay and we had many gettogethers: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays, graduation, ... I also met a few of her other former homestay kids, and they unisono love Alison.
I can therefore - from the bottom of my heart - recommend this homestay. Thank you Alison!!
How do I book?
Contact the host to check their availability and ask them any questions you have about staying with them. Once the host confirms they’re available for your dates, you can complete your booking.
When do I pay?
Once a host confirms they're available, you can go ahead and pay the 15% booking fee (maximum of 250 $£€ for longer term bookings) and a 25% deposit using a choice of payments: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Maestro, Laser, JCB & PayPal. The deposit is collected in advance on behalf of the host to protect against no show or late cancellations (within 7 days of arrival). You then pay your host the balance due on arrival. The 25% deposit payment is made to the host 2 business days after your scheduled arrival date. This deposit payment will only be refunded if you cancel the booking at least 7 full days prior to arrival.
When can I share my contact details?
Host and Guest email address, phone number and home address will be exchanged in a confirmation email sent to both immediately after a booking is completed. It's against our policy for Guests and Hosts to exchange direct contact details via our messaging system.