Homestay and Residence Placement

As an Intensive English Program (IEP) student, you have the option to choose between a placement with a homestay family or in a residence on or off campus. To ensure that your accommodation experience is successful and rewarding, it is important that you read the guidelines below and in the IEP Accommodation Guide.

Accommodation Type


Living with a homestay family is a rewarding cultural experience. It will give you the opportunity to practice your English outside of the classroom and experience family life in Canada first hand. Homestay placements for the Intensive English Program are made by the Canada Homestay Network (CHN).

You can also contact Canada Homestay International directly:

Phone: 204-202-1557 ext. 2087
Toll Free: 1 (877) 441-4443
Fax: 1 (866) 844 9062

Off-Campus Residence

Canad Inns Express has a number of double occupancy rooms available that include an in-suite washroom. The Canad Inn Express is in close walking distance to the University of Manitoba. Please note: the Accommodation Coordinator may use the off-campus option if residence rooms are full. Students cannot choose this option independently.

On-Campus Residence

The University of Manitoba has a number of residence buildings on campus. Residence rooms are usually about 150 square feet and have common washroom, laundry and kitchen facilities. Together with the other students in residence, you will eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in the residence cafeteria. Depending on the location of our residence, you may have to walk approximately 10-15 minutes to your class.

Residence Placement

To begin the process of finding a residence room for you, you must first submit the IEP Residence Accommodation Form found in the IEP Accommodation Guide. If we do not receive your residence application 14 days before your program start date, your placement may not be processed.

You can send your completed application form by:

Fax: 204-474-7660
Mail: Intensive English Program
University of Manitoba
185 Extended Education Complex
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2

The Intensive English Program strives to provide you with your preferred choice of accommodation. Since space in residence may be limited at times, especially during the regular academic year (September – April), alternative accommodation arrangements will be made and your name will be put on the residence waiting list.

Residence Fees

Students who wish to enroll in residence are required to pay a monthly fee in addition to their tuition fees. Payment in full has to be received before placements can be process. The fees include four weeks of accommodation in residence, three meals per day and airport pick-up upon arrival. Please note that you are responsible for the cost of personal care items (including toiletries, i.e. soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.).

The following additional fees may apply:

  • Early arrival fees – If you arrive at your residence prior to the scheduled arrival date, you will be charged an additional $60.00/day.
  • IEP Breaks – Your accommodation fees do not cover break periods in the IEP program schedule. Students living in residence during any program breaks are responsible for their own meals.

If you are registered as tuition only and would like to apply for IEP accommodations, please contact the Accommodations Coordinator for more information.

Arrival and Departure

You are required to provide your arrival information (date and time of arrival, airline and flight number) to the Accommodation Coordinator at least two weeks prior to your official start date. Arrangements will be made for you to be picked up at the Winnipeg airport by an IEP staff member or your homestay family. You are expected to arrive and leave your accommodation on the scheduled arrival and departure dates set out by the Intensive English Program.

The expected arrival date is one day before the start of the program. Students arriving a day, or two earlier will be subject to early arrival fees, or they must find alternate arrangements. Students in residence must depart their room by 12:00p.m. noon on the scheduled departure date (i.e. one day after the end date of the program) if sufficient notice is given. Students in homestay may arrange a more flexible arrival and departure schedule.

Changing Your Accommodation

Staying in residence or with a homestay family provides a unique cultural experience, and also requires you to be open to new customs and traditions. Please understand that it may take some time for you to adjust to life in Canada.

If you have a valid reason for changing your accommodation, you must meet with the Accommodation Coordinator to discuss your concerns. The Coordinator will decide if your request can be approved and if you can move to your new accommodation. Approval of your request is based on availability of residence and homestay families. Once your accommodation placement has started, no refund will be given.


Choose from either the Residence Option or Homestay Option.

Residence Option:

  • $1,200/month (May 1 to August 30, 2016)
  • $1,150/month (Starting September 1, 2016)

Homestay Option:

  • One time placement fee
  • $700/month

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact the Accommodation Coordinator:

Intensive English Accommodation Program
185 Extended Education Complex
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3T 2N2

Toll Free: 1-888-216-7011ext 9592
Phone: (204) 474-9592
Fax: (204) 272-1626

Accommodation Emergency Line: 204-228-0755