About the Homestay
Hello, we are a fun family offering a happy & relaxing homestay environment for 1 student at a time. Our family consists of a stay-at-home mom, dad who is an executive chef for a large hotel, & 2 kids (boys aged 12 & 9). We also have a very friendly black labrador retriever dog named Gracie and a small Yorkie dog named Joey! We have been hosting international students for over 6 years & really enjoy welcoming them to our home & city.
We offer a large bedroom, furnished with a double bed, new linens & towels supplied, desk, lamp, alarm clock, large closet and wardrobe, & wireless high speed internet access. We share the main bathroom and laundry & house cleaning are all taken care of by your homestay mom.
We love to eat & we love to make delicious fresh food offering lots of variety! A daily breakfast, packed lunch & home cooked family dinners are all included.
Our home is very centrally & conveniently located in a great safe neighbourhood, with the large Royal Oak bus exchange one block away with express buses to UVIC & downtown schools, & Royal Roads University - 15-20min bus rides. Also a very short walking distance to Saanich Commonwealth Pool, Library, 2 shopping centres (Royal Oak and Broadmead), Beaver/Elk Lakes & hiking trails.
- Games Room
- Internet Access
- Smoke alarm
- Smoke alarm on each floor
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
We are conveniently located in the centre of Victoria with the Royal Oak Bus Exchange one block from our house. The bus exchange runs express buses to anywhere in the city with a 15 minute bus ride to downtown or UVIC.
We have two shopping centres, only 5 minute walk from our house, offering all amenities, Saanich Commonwealth pool with gym, swimming, and library across the street. Walking trails to Beaver and Elk Lake are less than 5 minute walk from our house. Royal Oak is a beautiful, safe neighbourhood that is very conveniently located in Victoria.
Local Area Facilities
- Shopping Centre
- Water sports
- Sports arena
- Health club
- Bus Stop
Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals will incur an additional cost. 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
- Full Board
Our main goal of hosting students is to offer a fun relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy living with us while you are in Victoria to study English, and we respect you and will provide a kind and caring environment so we ask for the same respect and kindness shown back to us and our home!
Basic rules: please lock house when you enter or leave our home, please do not invite anyone to our home without asking our permission first, please let us know if you are not going to be home for dinner, one shower per day, no smoking allowed in our home or outside on our property.
**Please enjoy your stay and feel welcome as we are happy to have you stay with us. Please take care of our home as if it were your own.
Smoking is not allowed.
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 199 $£€ for longer term bookings) using a choice of payment methods: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Maestro, Laser, JCB & PayPal (not available in certain countries). You then pay your host on arrival or as stated by your host on their profile and agreed by you on booking. Please be cautious if a host requests advance payment if its not included on their profile. Our hosts have been advised that if they wish to request advance payment they must make this explicit in their profile. We do not recommend the use of Money gram or Western Union.
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.