Host Families

A homestay is a very special opportunity to experience American culture firsthand, from "the inside", and to start a friendship with a family that may last for years. You will have the support of an American host, who can provide a safe place while you begin your studies and discover a new culture and city.

From a practical perspective, because contracts are usually month to month, homestays give you flexibility if you later choose to move to a different location. You can choose to stay for 1-2 months only, or long-term. However, if / when you decide to move out, it is important that you communicate your plans with both your host family and homestay agency.

When living with a host family, students have their own bedroom with a desk at which to study. Host families are available in many areas of Seattle, but none are generally more than 45 – 60 minutes away by bus. Host families also are responsible for providing access to food for meals each day.

Seattle Central recommends choosing a host family for a few months when first arriving in Seattle. At some point, once you are familiar with daily life in the city, you can make an educated choice (both in terms of price and location) when looking for an apartment, if you would like to. Many students choose to live with their host family for the entire time they study at Seattle Central!

Tips for Students Interested in Homestay

- Apply for a host family early. Seattle Central recommends that you contact an agency at least 6 – 8 weeks before you wish to move in.

- Give the agency as much information as possible. The host family agency usually will try to match you with a family where you will be happy, and will consider things like smoking, strong religious preferences, whether or not you like children or pets, and other important issues.

- Be flexible and ready for something different! Living with a host family is not just a housing option, but a cultural experience!

- Be in touch with your homestay agency if there are problems or potential issues so that they can try to help.

Homestay Agencies

Following are host family agencies working with Seattle Central:

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:

4620 Henry St., 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: (412) 708-8140

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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