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Homestay Family


Create friendships that last a lifetime.


Homestay Student

Create friendships that last a lifetime. By living with a family, students can make new friends and improve their English skills as they experience family life in America. Ongoing support is provided by the Housing Services staff, which also trains and selects each family and places students by introducing them to prospective families.

Homestay Student and Host Family


Room, Food, Family Life

The family will include the student as a member of their family, including participation in family activities and daily life. Students may be expected to be more independent in taking care of themselves than with their family at home. Students are expected to clean their own room, do their laundry, and clean up after themselves in the kitchen. Students are provided three meals a day. They help themselves to breakfast and lunch and the host family cooks a nice, hot, fresh meal for dinners. Any special foods, snacks, or personal items, students purchase for themselves.

Expectations of Students

  • Stay in the Homestay Program for one quarter
  • First, try to resolve any problems with your family (then, if necessary, we will match you with a new family).
  • To respect and follow the guidelines of the host family in the U.S.
  • Abstain from illegal activities during your stay with the host family
  • Notify the family and the Housing Office 30 days before moving out
  • Pay Edmonds College for each quarter of homestay a month before new quarter (1st quarter, the week you arrive)
  • Read our Homestay Student Handbook for more information on our expectations for Homestay Students


Homestay Bedroom

Homestay Policies and Procedure

Student housing uses a guiding philosophy called “responsible freedom.” This means residents have the freedom to make individual choices and decisions, but must also respect their host families and other students in the home. Residents are responsible for the decisions they make. All students have rights, but with these rights come certain responsibilities, especially for those living as guests in someone’s home. Violating housing policies will result in a judicial process (see Judicial Process for more detail) to discuss and address student behavior and choices.


Homestay Family Selfie

We are a member of

  • NAFSA Association of International Educators
  • AWISA Association of Washington International Student Affairs
  • AIHP WS Association of International Host -Programs in Washington State
  • NW - ACUHO NorthWest Association of College and University Housing Officers
  • ACUHO - I Association of College and University Housing Officers International


Homestay Students studying


Rates and Fees

Host Family and Homestay Student
Payments     Meet The Staff     Apply

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Arrival Information

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Host Families

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International Mentors

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Contact Us

Contact the Housing Office

425.640.1080 | housing@edmonds.edu

Office: Rainier Place Residence Hall, 19920 68th Avenue West, Lynnwood, WA 98036

Mailing address: Attn: Housing Office, 20000 68th Avenue West, Lynnwood, WA 98036