“I think the experience of living with a host family is life-changing. I remember
when I first came here, I faced language barriers and I had to learn how to be independent.
The Homestay Program gives me that middle ground of putting myself out there while
staying with a warm family. This is my last semester here and I'm leaving in a month,
but I'm really going to miss this place."
Application Fees and Deadlines:
- Spring Deadline: December 1st - $250 (non-refundable)
- Fall Deadline: July 1st - $250 (non-refundable)
Any late applications received after the deadlines will be charged $500. They are dependent on host family availability and cannot be guaranteed. The $500 placement fee will be refunded ONLY if we are unable to locate a host family for the student. All applications will be processed once the placement fee has been paid.
If you are unsatisfied with the first host family that we match you with, you may request a second family for an additional $100 Change Fee. To see a third family, the Change Fee will increase to $200. We will only show you a maximum of three host families.
Homestay Options (monthly rate):
|Option 1||Option 2||Option 3||Option 4|
(2 meals per day)
(2 meals per day)
|2 Months' Rent||$2,950||$2,350||$2,150||$1,550|
|Total Due on Move-In Date||$3,450||$2,850||$2,650||$2,050|
*2 students of the same gender will share a room but each will have their own bed, desk, and drawer.
How to APPLY:
Log into your application portal (https://smcsv.smccd.edu/), the same place you completed your college application. Once you have logged in, click on the tab that says "Homestay Application" to apply for a host family.
It is the student’s responsibility to arrange transportation from the airport to the homestay. Some hosts offer to pick the student up from the airport, however, it is not required and is completely on a voluntary basis. After being matched, please contact your host right away to coordinate this. You may also take a taxi, Lyft, or Uber, located right outside of baggage claim.