A homestay is an opportunity to experience American life firsthand and is a very popular housing choice for our incoming students. Students in a homestay see life in the U.S. from "the inside", and can start a friendship with a family that may last for many years. Living with a host family is not just a housing option; it is a cultural experience!

Most host families live in the suburbs of Seattle, giving our students the opportunity to get a different perspective on American life than what they get from their experience on our downtown Seattle campus. Some students spend only a couple of months with their host families, and others may stay two years or more. We encourage students to take advantage of the homestay option for at least a few months during their stay in the United States.

General information about homestays

Cost of a homestay

Host family agencies have different options, depending on the kind of living situation you are looking for. The cost of a homestay ranges from $250 to $350 for the placement fee (this includes the cost of an airport pickup), and approximately $700 a month for housing and food. Traditional homestay options typically include food for meals, laundry and utilities. Your homestay may charge an additional $25 for internet service.

The Agencies

Following are host family agencies working with Seattle Central. These are professional agencies who know our campus and the surrounding communities. To arrange a homestay, you will need to contact an agency directly, and make all of the arrangements.

20126 Ballinger Way NE, #84
Shoreline, WA 98155
Phone: (206) 527-8654 
Fax: (206) 524-7780 
Web site:

American Homestay Network
8201 164th Avenue NE, Suite 200
Redmond, WA 98052
Phone: (888) 268-1903
Web site:

Intercultural Homestays, Inc.
PO Box 27184
Seattle, WA 98165-1584 
Phone: (206) 367-5332 
Toll-Free Number: 1-800-340-9088
Fax: (206) 367-5320
Web site:

Seattle Homestay
P.O Box 25615 
Federal Way 98093-2615 
Phone: (253) 835-4337 
Fax: (253) 835-4341 

THE PLACE - Seattle
P.O. Box 20731
Seattle, WA 98102
Phone: (206) 351-0121
Fax: (206) 361-7172
Web site:

USA International Development, Inc.
9614 NE 201st Street
Bothell, WA 98011
Phone: (425) 483-5974
Fax: (425) 485-1891
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