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Homestay with an American Family

Larson famHomestay is an exciting and unique way to learn about American culture. Our Homestay placements are quarterly commitments (3 months).

For detailed information about our Homestay Program, check our Homestay Handbook.

There are 2 Homestay options at TCC (until August 31, 2015):

  • Complete Homestay
    $600 per month
    3 meals per day, of which the host prepares dinner and the student prepares breakfast and lunch.
  • Bed and Breakfast Homestay
    $475 per month
    The host provides food for breakfast, and the student prepares it. For all other meals, the student buys and prepares the food.

Starting September 1, 2015 we will have the following options:

  • Full Homestay
    $625 per month
    3 meals per day, of which the host prepares dinner and the student prepares breakfast and lunch.
  • Shared Homestay
    $475 per month
    The host provides a room for the student. The student is responsible for their own food but can use the kitchen in the homestay to store and prepare meals.

Steps to Apply for Homestay

  1. Fill out homestay application.
  2. Fill out the underage form if you are under 18.
  3. Contact the Housing Department after you receive your visa.
  4. Pay the $250 Homestay Placement fee after you receive your visa (non-refundable)
  5. Send your flight information to the Housing Department.

In order to guarantee a place in homestay, complete homestay applications (including visa confirmation) for Spring quarter 2015 must be received no later than February 23, 2015.


There are apartments on walking distance from TCC and students can contact local aparments directly. The leases for apartments are for a minimum of 6 months. TCC does not place students in apartments, but can refer you to local apartments. Apartments at walking distance from TCC where international students can apply without needing a cosigner:

Websites where you can search for apartments:

Rent a room/house

Some people in the community rent out rooms to international students. This is not through our Homestay Program. Usually it is renting a room only and meals are not included. Leases and fees vary per landlord.

Airport Pick-Up

A TCC representative is available on the scheduled arrival days to meet students upon their arrival at Seattle/Tacoma International Airport (airport code: SEA). 

Students must send flight information for Spring quarter 2015 to the Housing Coordinator no later than March 6, 2015.

Homestay move-in days & airport pick-up days:

Winter 2015: Dec. 27-29, 2014
Spring 2015: March 21-23
Summer 2015: June 13-14
Fall 2015: September 11-14

Those who are not participating in TCC's Homestay Program:

  • New students, if you would like TCC to pick you up from the airport, there is a $75 fee for airport pickup only.
  • If parents travel with their child and would like TCC to pick them up at SeaTac airport, there is a $75 fee for airport pickup.

The $75 fee will need to be paid before arrival. We also need the address of the place the parents will be staying at (in Tacoma) in advance. TCC has the right to decline transportation if there is no address provided or if they have not been notified of their arrival.


Are you arriving early? Will your mom or dad come with you? Will friends or family visit you while you are studying at TCC? Extended Stay - Tacoma South is conveniently located; near the Tacoma Mall, restaurants and a busstop that goes straight to TCC. Make sure to ask for the TCC discount if you book a room here.

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