In a homestay, you live with an American family that has applied to host international students. The family receives a monthly fee to help cover their costs. Living with a local family allows you to practice your English skills in a friendly, relaxed setting. Homestays are also a great way to make friends and learn about American culture.

Your host family will provide you with a private furnished bedroom and will often include you in family activities. Prices start at $650 per month, including meals. Some homestays may be available at lower cost without a meal plan. You can expect to commute to the UW by bus.

To arrange a homestay, we suggest you use a homestay agency. For a fee, the agency will place you with a host family and (in many cases) pick you up at the airport. In the past, many of our students have used these companies:

ABODE Homestays
20126 Ballinger Way NE #84
Shoreline, WA 98155
Telephone: 206-527-8654

American Homestay Network
8201 164th Ave. NE, Suite 200
Redmond, WA 98052
Telephone: 888-268-1903

Intercultural Homestays & Services Inc.
P.O. Box 27184
Seattle, WA 98165
Telephone: 206-367-5332

USA International Inc.
9614 NE 201st St.
Bothell, WA 98011
Telephone: 425-483-5974