The Language Centre

Accommodations

Homestay

The Language Centre is pleased to be able to make a limited number of homestay placements each semester. Living with a Host Family can be a wonderful way for you to learn more about Halifax and its culture. As part of a family, you will have an excellent opportunity to practice English in a comfortable and secure environment.

Fees

Current homestay costs are C$1,600.00 per eight-week semester plus a C$275.00 initial non-refundable placement fee, which includes airport pick-up. On arrival in Halifax, the fee for room and board for the entire semester is payable in advance to your Host Family.  All rates are subject to change at any given time.

You will be provided with three meals a day: breakfast and dinner at home and lunch to take with you to the campus. In many families, everyone prepares his/her own breakfast. Your host family may encourage you to prepare your own lunch as well. Students living with Host Families have their own bedroom, which includes a bed, linens, towels, a place to keep clothing and somewhere quiet to study, possibly a desk or table in your room.

Homestay placements are made for one semester only. Saint Mary's expects that you will stay with your Host Family for the complete semester. If you wish to stay on with your family for a second semester, you must discuss it with the family one month before the first semester ends. For the placement to continue into a second semester, both you and your host family must agree, and make your own private arrangements on finances and other matters.

Homestay requests must be received at least four to six weeks before the beginning of the semester. Students should plan to arrive after 9:00 am on the Saturday before their first semester begins. Host Families are not able to welcome students before this time. Students who wish to arrive early should make their own arrangements to stay in a hotel or hostel. You should plan to leave 1-2 days after the end of the semester. When you receive the profile of your host family you will also receive a form requesting your arrival information so that we can pick you up at Halifax International Airport. We should receive your arrival information as early as possible so that we can inform your Host Family and arrange your transportation from the airport. It must be received at least one week in advance of your arrival. Homestay placements cannot be made in the week prior to the start of any semester. Students who register during the final week before the semester begins will need to arrange a hotel or hostel for their arrival in Halifax. Then, late homestay requests will be processed during the first week of the semester.

How to Apply

If you would like us to make a homestay placement for you, simply download, print, and complete the Homestay Application form and send it along with the C$275.00 non-refundable application fee, by credit card, cheque, telegraphic transfer or money order in Canadian or US funds to:

The Language Centre 
Saint Mary's University 
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 3C3
Telephone: 1-902-420-5691 
Facsimile: 1-902-420-5122 
E-mail: language@smu.ca

If you are thinking about applying for a homestay while attending Saint Mary's Intensive English Programs, you should read the Guidelines for Homestay Requests.
If you have any further questions or concerns about Homestay, please do not hesitate to contact us.


 

Residence

PLEASE NOTE: All Residences at Saint Mary's University are non-smoking. Students are not permitted to smoke in any Residence accommodation on campus.

Campus Residence

Residence life has a lot to offer Intensive English Program students. It's very convenient and living in Residence is a wonderful way to make new friends. Saint Mary's University has three comfortable residence buildings right on campus that are linked at ground level by a corridor. They are also connected to the main academic complexes by covered walkways

  • Vanier House: Room and Board 
    (MEAL PLAN IS MANDATORYDURING FALL AND WINTER)

Vanier House is a low-rise building with four separate units, each housing 54 or 58 students. The bedrooms have desks with drawers and a desk lamp that, in most rooms, can be swung over the bed. Bookshelves, a bulletin board and chair complete the furnishings in the rooms. The beds have foam rubber mattresses and pillows. There are large storage drawers under the beds. Linen is provided. It consists of pillow case, pillow, top sheet, bottom sheet and blanket. Each room also has a closet with ample room for clothes and a shelf above. Each of the four houses has a lounge on every floor, which often serves as a TV room. The lounge has chairs, tables, padded benches and bookshelves.

  • Ignatius Loyola Residence: Room and Board 
    (MEAL PLAN IS MANDATORYDURING FALL AND WINTER)

This is a 19-floor high-rise building containing a mixture of all male, all female and coeducational (mixed male and female) floors. Accommodation is provided in single and double rooms. Each floor houses 24 students and has a common lounge for social activities. Floors are divided into four identical suites, with six students per suite. Four students in the suite have single rooms, and two share a double room. Washroom facilities in each suite are shared, but private. The furnishings are the same as in Vanier house.

  • Edmund Rice Residence: Apartment Style 
    (MEAL PLAN IS OPTIONALDURING FALL AND WINTER)

This 17-story building contains apartment units on coeducational floors, consisting of a kitchen, two double bedrooms, bath and living room/study area. These apartments are equipped with a stove and refrigerator, table and four chairs, and a coffee table. Students must provide their own pots and pans, dishes, cutlery and glassware, and cleaning supplies. Drapes are provided for all windows. Basic cable television service is also provided although students must supply their own television. The bedroom furnishings are similar to those described for Vanier House.

The Language Centre often suggests that students in the Intensive English Program select Rice Residence as their first choice because it allows them to cook their own food if they prefer. Although the cafeterias on campus provide excellent food from a variety of ethnic origins, many of the selections are based on traditional Canadian foods and our international students often prefer the chance to cook foods that they are more familiar with.

Fees

Residence fees must be paid in full at the beginning of the semester and there is no refund. It is not possible to pay for Residence on a monthly basis.

Students are usually able to move into Residence accommodation on the Sunday before the start of Fall and Winter semesters. They must plan to leave the Residence no later than the Saturday after the end of the placement. Room rates are for a 16 week placement only and students staying in residence between semesters (e.g., during the Christmas break) must pay a small additional fee. A C$1,200.00 payment plus $25.00 application fee must be sent with any residence application.

Rates

Placements in residence are made on a 16 week basis only. Students wishing to live on campus in residence must commit to at least 16 weeks of study (ex. Fall 1 and 2 or Winter 1 and 2). A special 8 week Residence rate has been set for the Spring and Summer months. See below for the current rates.

Spring/Summer
Spring (April 30 to June 22, 2018) or 
Summer (June 25 to August 17, 2018)


Residence Room Type

Residence Room Price

Application Fee

Rice apartment Bedspace (room only)

C$1,040.00

C$25.00

Single room

C$1,130.00

C$25.00

 

NOTE:Deposit for Spring and Summer 2018 only: C$1,000.00 (C$975.00 deposit plus C$25.00 application fee)

Fall/Winter
Fall 1 (August 27 to October 19, 2018) and Fall 2 (October 22 to December 14, 2018) or
Winter 1 (January 2 to February 23, 2018) and Winter 2 (February 26 to April 20, 2018)

  


Residence Room Type

Residence Room Price

Application Fee

Rice Apartment Bedspace (room only)

C$2,855.00

C$25.00

Loyola or Vanier Single Room (room only)

C$3,415.00

C$25.00

 

Students in Rice Residence may purchase an optional Meal Plan with Aramark, the university food service provider. Details can be found on their website by clicking here.

Meal Plans

Meal plans are currently available in the Fall and Winter semesters only. During the Fall and Winter semesters meal plans are mandatory for students living in Loyola and Vanier Residences because these residences have no cooking facilities. They are optional for students living in Rice Residence which is apartment-style.

 

Plan Description

Fall

Winter

Both Terms

Freedom Plan - make as many visits as you like at the Dockside Dining Hall any day of the week. Comes  with 200 Flex Dollars per term

$2209

$2263

$4472

14 Plan - 14 meals per week at the Dockside Dining Hall. Comes with 200 Flex Dollars per term

$2040

$2023

$4063

10 Plan - 10 meals per week at the Dockside Dining Hall. Comes with 150 Flex Dollars per term.

$1942

$1989

$3931

 

See the full details on the meal plans available.

How to Apply

If you are registering for the Intensive English Program and would like to apply for Residence accommodation, please download the Residence Application form: Residence Application Fall 2017 Winter 2018

Complete the Residence Application Form and Questionnaire and send them along with the appropriate deposit and application payment to the address below. Payment may be made by cheque, money order, telegraphic transfer, Visa, American Express or MasterCard in Canadian or US funds (do not send cash through the mail). We can only process your application for Residence accommodation if the full deposit payment is included.

As space in Residence is very limited, application does not guarantee acceptance. Acceptance is conditional upon available space. If accommodation is not available, your deposit will be refunded. The application fee of C$25.00 is non-refundable. We will notify you of your status as soon as possible. Once students have received their Residence confirmation from The Language Centre, the Residence deposit is non-refundable.

Send your completed residence application to:

The Language Centre 
Saint Mary's University 
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 3C3
Telephone: 1-902-420-5691 
Facsimile: 1-902-420-5122 
E-mail: language@smu.ca

If you have any further questions or concerns about Residence at Saint Mary's University, please do not hesitate to contact us.