In a homestay, you'll live with an American family who has applied to host international students. 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 U.S. culture. The family receives a monthly fee to help cover their costs.

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 or Link light rail.

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
Phone: 206-527-8654

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

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

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