Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University


Choose from homestay, dormitory, student apartment housing or a near-campus student housing community.

Living On and Off Campus

Learn about on campus and off campus housing options. Our beautiful Kamloops campus offers a one-of-a-kind university community in the heart of the city, a place to live, work, learn, and play.

Homestay — Living with a Canadian Family

Our homestay program allows students to live with Canadian families, be exposed to, and participate in Canadian culture and customs. We consider the best way to enhance English language study is through after school practice with the host family. A host family typically plays an important role in helping the student adjust to Canadian life. As much as possible, the student is included in the family unit.

TRU has a well-established network of experienced host families. TRU staff have personally inspected each home and have interviewed the family to ensure quality homestays. TRU has offered this program for over twelve years.

We place one, or in some cases two, long-term international student(s) with each homestay family. If we do place two students per family they usually come from two different countries. The family provides a private, furnished bedroom and three meals each day, plus snacks. Students can usually expect to travel about 20-30 minutes between their homestay and the TRU campus.

Each semester/intake has a deadline to apply for the homestay program on time. Please check with your International Student Advisor (ISA) if you need more information or need to know the deadline to apply for homestay.

For more information.

Please contact one of TRU's International Student Advisors with any questions about our Homestay Program. 

Download TRU's Homestay Information booklet. 

If you are a student and would like to apply for homestay accommodation, complete this Homestay Application Form.

If you are a student and would like to terminate your homestay, complete this Homestay Termination Notice.

If you would like to become a host family, please read more on our TRU Homestay Program section.

host family sign

One of our host families created this sign as a project for the students who have stayed in their home over the years. What a great idea!

The majority of our international students come from the Pacific Rim and Southeast Asia. We are also seeing an increasing number of students from Mexico, South America, and Europe. They study speaking and writing English and post-secondary education in many different program choices such as business, science, and tourism. Homestay offers the students an excellent opportunity to develop and practice their conversational skills, as well as to experience Canadian culture in a friendly family setting.