SOC provides students with exceptional living arrangements with local Canadian families who have been pre-inspected, screened and interviewed. The accommodations include bed, desk, chair and closet. Students find these accommodations to be a perfect environment to study comfortably and effectively. Internet source is provided by the homestay family for unlimited service up to 11:00PM (exceptions for assignments). In most cases, homestay families host 2 students (exceptions are possible).

At the residence, between 5 to 8 students of the same gender are placed in homes dedicated exclusively for students. There, they receive supervision, meals, cleaning service, privately appointed rooms, and common areas for meals and TV. 

At SOC, our host family program provides students with a home away from home!

Conveniently located in Hamilton, Ontario, our students usually travel by bike, public transport or walk to school.

Our host families are dedicated to providing an authentic Canadian experience by including our students in their everyday lives. In addition to gaining a welcoming host family, our students will receive:
• A comfortable bedroom
• Home-cooked meals
• Holiday celebrations
• Parental guidance
• Immersion in an English-speaking home
• Cultural guidance

Not only will you feel safe and secure for your child, but these host families are great ambassadors for Canada. They can expose your child to the beauty of the Golden Horsehoe Region, including Niagara Falls, Toronto, Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, the Bruce Trail, and surrounding areas. Some of the highlights throughout the year include:
• Hiking along the Lake Ontario shoreline
• The Annual Burliington "Sound of Music" Festival
• A family trip to the beach
• A bike tour throughout Niagara On The Lake
• Hockey games and concerts
• Shopping at the malls and brand name outlet • Exploring the wonders of the Golden Horseshoe Region
• Being exposed to the beauty of Ontario's 4 seasons (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer)

As the majority of our host families live close to the school, students can easily commute to and from school by walking, riding a bicycle, or taking the public transit - Hamilton is an extremely safe community!

We strive to place our students in a positive and fulfilling home arrangement. Good communication between SOC, the host parents and our students' parents is important to the success of each student's stay. In the unlikelihood of an unsuitable match, we make every effort to locate a replacement.


Southern Ontario Collegiate

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Southern Ontario Collegiate

28 Rebecca Street

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8R 1B4

Tel: 905.546.1500 or 905.546.1501;

Fax: 1-866-875-2619