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Start Earning Extra Income

We have paid hosting opportunities in your area! Create a new cash flow and experience the joy of cultural connection when you join our host family network.

Discover the Joy of Homestay

Discover The Joy Of Homestay

Traditional families, non-traditional families, single people, roommates and friends living together – any person or group who is willing to share their home with an international student can be a host!

Lifelong Friendships
Lifelong Friendships

Hosts and students develop meaningful relationships that often continue long after the student returns home.

Cultural Connection
Cultural Connection

Welcome a student into your family and experience a new culture from the comfort of your home.

Earn Extra Income
Earn Extra Income

Hosting is a great way to earn more money while making more memories!

24/7 Support

We are always available for emergency situations and ongoing support.

Host Family FAQs

What is homestay?

Homestay is a situation in which an international student stays in a properly managed hosted accommodation environment for a period of their study in a new country.

A homestay gives an international student the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in American culture by living in a warm and welcoming American household, rather than in an impersonal apartment, dorm or hotel.

What is the role of a host family?

The host family plays a unique and vital role in the international student experience. Host families provide a safe and welcoming environment,  support and often help to bridge the cultural gap that students experience.

The host family's role is not to replace the student’s natural family. International students  stay closely connected with their family and friends in their home country – often on a daily basis. The host family needs to respect the student’s culture and native family while also helping them to adjust to the home and culture they are currently living in.

Why is SRS my best choice for hosting?

  • We are the most recognized global homestay provider for international students, with a full-service approach to hosting.
  • We know exactly who is staying with you and what their background is.
  • We provide support 24 hours a day in case there is a problem or emergency.
  • We handle billing and pay you directly, on time, via direct deposit.
  • We give you training on cultural understanding and how to help students and your family enjoy the hosting experience.

Who can host and what is required?

Traditional families, non-traditional families, single people, roommates and friends living together – any person or group who is willing to share daily life with an international student can be a host!

We want our pool of host families to include a wide spectrum of families – families with different religious beliefs, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds.

We do not exclude any families who believe they can be amazing hosts.

As an SRS Concierge homestay host you must:

  • Make yourself and your home available to your student. Our hosts must be able to provide a clean, comfortable and private bedroom.
  • Hosts must speak clear and correct English in the home.
  • Help your student settle into a comfortable and safe home and help them to learn. Be willing to make them feel at home with conversation, support, inclusion in family activities and personal warmth. Ideally, you’ll have a sincere interest in other cultures and a desire to connect with new friends from around the world.
  • Provide healthy food for your student if this is included in their service.
  • Show your student around the community to help them become familiar with the local area and custom.
  • Help your student access or organize important services (e.g. setting up a bank account and mobile) and assist your student to seek medical or dental attention if necessary.
  • Pass and maintain criminal background checks.

For full details and requirements, see our SRS Concierge Host AgreementSRS Concierge Host Family Code of Conduct and SRS Concierge Host Family Standards of Student Care.

How do I apply and what are the steps?

The initial host family application is a capture of basic personal and household information that should take only about 10-15 minutes to complete. The full process is outlined below:

  1. Complete the online application (10-15 minutes)
  2. Submit quality photos of your home and family
  3. Receive your welcome email
  4. Complete your online profile / submit banking info for payment
  5. Take the online training and self-assessment (under 1 hour)
  6. Schedule your home interview with your Host Manager
  7. Submit and wait for background checks to come back
  8. You are ready to host!

We do advise you to take your time crafting the profile to ensure we get the best student matches possible. 

Will I receive a stipend for hosting?

We know that overhead costs and maintenance expenses can rise as a result of introducing a new temporary member to your family. For this reason, we provide an agreed upon stipend to cover these expenditures.

All hosts receive direct deposit hosting stipends every 2 weeks. The amounts vary based on:

  • What meals and amenities you provide
  • Your location relative to the school
  • The cost of housing in your area
  • The age of the student.

We provide payments in a 2-week cycle because it means you get paid more frequently and always for the exact number of days you host. For a more in depth overview of payments, please contact your local SRS Concierge office and they will be more than happy to assist you.

For more information regarding payments, please see the SRS Concierge Host Reimbursement Policy.

Is the host stipend taxed?

Families will be issued a 1099 at the end of each tax year. Families should keep a close record of any expenditures for hosting and give it to their tax advisor.

Introducing the SRS Host Portal


Gain access to our new Homestay Academy where you will gain access to various training modules on hosting.

Profile Management
Profile Management

Keep your profile up to date and the status of your availability all through your SRS portal.


Manage the journey of all of your student placements and gain access to their student profile prior to arrival. 


View all your financial ledgers and payouts during your students stay. 



Ready to Start Making Memories?

We encourage you to take the leap on this life-changing opportunity.

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