Tacoma's Museum of Glass and loft apartments down the street

Homestay and Apartment Search

Where do I live as an international student? 

Our students have various options, from apartment living, homestay with an American family or living in a room or house.


Homestay 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.

TCC offers two homestay options:

  • Complete Homestay
    $675 per month
    3 meals per day, of which the host prepares dinner and the student prepares breakfast and lunch.

  • Shared Homestay
    $525 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.

Please note: New students from Fujian Province, China will have to pay a non-refundable homestay fee for the full quarter within three days of arrival. 

Steps to Apply for Homestay

We are currently accepting Winter 2019 Homestay Applications until November 15, 2018:

  1. Fill out the online homestay application.
  2. Send the underage form to international_housing@tacomacc.edu if you are under 18.
  3. Notify TCC about your visa confirmation & request TCC Airport Pick Up through the form.
  4. $250 non-refundable homestay program fee will be charged on your student account after you submit your VISA confirmation.
  5. Finally, we will find your host family and arrange your airport pick up.

These are firm deadlines and we appreciate your planning ahead and completing the steps to be part of the TCC Homestay Program.

If you are experiencing any delay of visa applications or booking flights, please make sure to communicate with TCC International Housing before the deadlines.

Apartment Search

Apartments are available within walking distance of TCC. Students can contact local apartments directly. The leases for apartments are usually for a minimum of six months. TCC does not place students in apartments. Below is a list of apartments within walking distance of TCC where international students can apply without needing a cosigner:

Want more choices? Check out www.apartmentsearch.com and http://www.zillow.com/tacoma-wa/apartments/ to look for your off-campus apartment.

Rent a room or 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. For more information, talk to our International Office staff about this option.

Airport Pick Up

A TCC representative is available during our two Arrival Days to meet students upon their arrival at Seattle/Tacoma International Airport (airport code: SEA). Students can request a TCC Airport Pick Up ahead of time.

Winter 2019 Arrival Days: Sunday, December 16 and Monday, December 17, 2018

  • New homestay students: No additional airport pick-up fee
  • New students not in homestay/relatives: There is a $75 fee per person for airport pick-up only.

Tacoma address will need to be provided before arrival. $75 is non-refundable after the confirmation of the service. TCC has the right to decline transportation if no address is provided or if we have not been notified of someone's arrival.

Hotel Information

The following offers special TCC dscounts – make sure you ask for it:

Extended Stay - Tacoma South (a good option if you have family or friends who visit – near the Tacoma Mall and direct public transit to TCC)

Best Western Plus Tacoma Dome

Clarion Inn

Become a Host

Please review the steps to become a host.