Homestay → What's Included

What exactly is included in our homestay packages? Here's a complete list of everything you'll get.

Updated over a week ago

Included in Every Homestay ✔️

StudentRoomStay's homestay packages always include:

  1. Homestay with a local host family

  2. Private bedroom with a place to study

  3. Shared or private bathroom

  4. SRS International app + SRS support

  5. Meal/Transportation options

So what does this all mean? Let's break down every single point above so that you know exactly what you'll get when you sign up for homestay with us.

1. Homestay with a Local Host Family

This means you will be living in an American household with a host family that our team has found specifically for you (→ learn more about host family matching).

You might live in a house, townhouse or apartment. You will have access to the entire home.

Every home is different, but you will almost always have access to: a backyard, kitchen and living room. You are encouraged to hangout in the common areas to enjoy your new home and get to know your host family better!

🏠 Homestay includes everything that your host family's home includes, such as:

  • water for bathing/showering

  • drinking water

  • gas / electricity

  • washer + dryer for laundry

  • home furniture: couch, chairs, tables, etc.

  • television

  • cups, plates and silverware

  • kitchen appliances: oven, toaster, dishwasher, etc.

  • trash can / garbage disposal

💡 Tip: If you are ever unsure about whether or not you can use something (or don't know how to use it), simply ask your host family! They will be happy to help.

2. Private Bedroom with a Place to Study

Unless you have specifically signed up for a shared room, all international students will have their own private bedroom. This is your space. You will have the freedom to hang pictures and make the room feel like your own.

🛏 Your bedroom will be fully furnished upon arrival.

All private or shared rooms will include the following:

  • a bed, bed sheets and pillows

  • dresser and/or closet space

  • desk for studying with a chair

  • lamps / lighting

  • wifi / internet

3. Shared or Private Bathroom

You may have your own bathroom or you may share a bathroom with your host sibling or another international student. Either way, your homestay package includes all the bathroom's facilities, including:

  • sink / counter space

  • drawers and/or cabinets for storage

  • shower and/or bath with running water

  • toilet with toilet paper

Your host family will provide towels for you, toilet paper, soap and other basic bathroom necessities. If you have special products that you use, we encourage you to bring/ship them from home or find a place in America that supplies them!

4. SRS International app + SRS support

The SRS International app (launching in 2023) was created to provide ongoing resources for you during your homestay experience. This is app is always included in your homestay package.

Homestay app features include:

  • Access to articles written specifically to support students studying abroad

  • Your homestay placement information / your host family contact information

  • The ability to make payments or schedule payments through the app

  • The option to chat directly with the our team if you have any questions

  • A platform to share tips, ask questions and more with other international students through our interactive community board feature

5. Meal + Transportation Options

Meals and transportation are available to all students. These services will either included in your package (under-18 students) or added to your homestay by you (students 18+).

We offer two homestay packages for international students:

SRS Pro Plan

College Students / 18+

SRS Guardian

High School Students / under-18

This plan allows over-18 students to custom-build their homestay package.

You only pay for what you will use!

Customize it:

Add meals and/or transportation to your package as an add-on service.

All students under the age of 18 must select our SRS Guardian package to comply with our CSIET-certification.

SRS Guardian always includes:

🚗 Transportation to/from school

🍽 Three meals per day

Meal Packages for College Students

Hosts can provide 0-3 meals per day. You have the power to pick and choose which meals you want to be included in your homestay (if any). Check out our meal package options:

  • Breakfast: includes breakfast every day, 7 days per week (+ $18/week)

  • Lunch: includes lunch every day, 7 days per week (+ $30/week)

  • Dinner: includes dinner every day, 7 days per week (+ $65/week)

Transportation for College Students

You can add daily transportation to/from your school for + $100/week. In this case, our team will find a host family who is able and willing to provide transportation for you.

Additional Add-on Services

Need health insurance for your time abroad? Need a ride to/from the airport?

These can easily be added to your homestay package!

Ready to start planning your journey?

Fill out our homestay application and let us know what you are looking for! A member of our team will reach out to you personally with customized quote and answer any questions you may have.

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