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What is Home-Away-From-Home?

Home-Away-From-Home (HAFH) combines the convenience of an international home stay program with the ease of using the off-campus housing site to advertise accommodation and connect with students.

What do I need to do?

  • Submit a listing with your rental details

Advertising options

Beginning January 1, 2014, our new price policy is as follows:

  • One listing is $25 for 30 days.
  • For added value, if you purchase additional periods with your initial listing, each additional period (30 days) will be $10.
  • If you wish to renew your listing once your listing is online or after it expires, a $25 fee per period will apply.

Your posting will be seen more frequently as it will be seen by all students, not just those interested in the program!

Payment options

  • You can indicate online how you will pay when you submit your listing
  • You can pay online by using your credit card (VISA, MasterCard or Amex)
  • Mail in a cheque
  • Come by the office and make your payment (cheque, VISA or MasterCard, debit)

How does the program work?

Unlike a typical home stay program, we don’t match students with host families. Instead, students will have to contact the HAFH participants to make housing arrangements. Students do not make payments to our office. They make rental payments directly to the host family.

If a match is unsuccessful, it will be up to the student and host family to work out any problems. Setting clear guidelines or expectations from the beginning will help ensure a smooth transition and avoid unnecessary conflict.

Is a home stay for you?

A home stay is for you if:

You are interested in welcoming international and exchange students into your home and integrating them into your daily activities and family events.

Often, new students need assistance getting around when they first arrive in Waterloo, so helping students become familiar with the area and learning bus routes, walking or cycling paths and other amenities would be extremely helpful.

A home stay is also a great way for students to practice their conversational English skills in an everyday setting.

How much should you charge?

  • Since you are the one setting the price, it really depends on what you are including in the rent
  • Some landlords will charge two different prices: one including meals, and one not
  • If you’re including basic utilities (heat, hydro, water) as well as cable and Internet, then you will want to set a higher price
  • If you don’t have a good long distance phone plan, then you may want to ask the student to use phone cards for any long distance calls they might make. If you do have a good long distance plan, then make sure to mention this to a prospective student as a selling point

Benefits of participating

  • A terrific way to meet new students
  • A great way to learn more about other cultures
  • Providing a home stay will greatly benefit new students to Waterloo and can help them transition into their new life here, while having you as a resource and possibly a mentor