A message for International Students


Living with Canadian Families mean mastering your English while immersing in the culture.

Attending Keystone International Schools Toronto living in a dynamic city means you will get to experience the multiculturalism first hand. Living with Canadian families add onto the experience and let you understand and adapt to the culture much quicker.

The excitement of living in a new country meeting new friends, tasting new cuisines are common feelings expressed by international students. At times, they need support and familiarity to overcome missing home. Living with Canadian families provide them a secure environment to learn about the new culture customs and values during the adaptation period. They will improve their language skills and feel more confident. Host families are a great source of information and play an important role for the student's successful integration into the society.   

Keystone International Schools understand the importance of a successful homestay placement to ensure a smooth transition. We work with various homestay companies to ensure a successful placement of our students. Keystone takes full responsibility of the happiness of its students both at school and at their homestay.

All of the selected families go trough a due diligence process that include obtaining two character references and a criminal backgrounds check for all the members of the household over the age of 18. Personal interviews with the host families and the students are also conducted to ensure the best match based on preferences and suitability. 

Student guide to living in Toronto

Keystone International Schools is located in the heart of downtown, within a minute walk to King Subway station. University of Toronto, Ryerson University and George Brown College are within walking distance, as are globally successful companies, government institutions, cultural centres and museums. Our location is a walkers' and riders' paradise and score pretty high on walkscore 100% to be exact!

Toronto Subway Map (pdf)


Downtown Toronto Map (pdf)




We organize city excursions in September to get our students familiar with the city while helping form lifetime friendships with their classmates. 

Apple picking is an annual ritual for many Toronto residents during the fall months. We will be going to a local farm to pick apples and berries and see the colours of the nature Canada is famous for.


During the winter months, we organize a ski trip to the Blue Mountain. Living in Toronto, we make sure to take advantage of the close by mountains and experience the Canadian winters. 

Hockey is Canada's national sport. For many hockey fans winter means getting outdoors in the parks playing hockey and staying indoors to watch the games. We will be going to a Maple Leaf's game to experience a hockey game first hand. 


In the spring, we visit the world famous Niagara Falls. The breathtaking views of the falls can be experienced from the Maid of the Mist cruise. 

In the spring months we organize a hike to the Scarborough Bluffs to appreciate the beautiful colours of Canada.The Bluffs offer a quiet escape to nature on the eastern shores of Toronto. The geologically wondrous rock formations are standing over 65 metres and spanning 14 kilometres along the shoreline. 

Based on interests and staff availability more trips may be organized throughout the year.