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

Homestay and Housing Search

Living in Tacoma, WA 

Students at Tacoma Community College can chose to live with an American homestay family, rent an apartment, home or condominium or live with local relatives or friends. 


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

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
    No meals provided; the host provides a room for the student and access to a kitchen.
Homestay Terms Application Deadlines*
Fall Quarter August 15
Winter Quarter November 15
Spring Quarter February 15
Summer Quarter May 15

*These are firm deadlines, so please do your absolute best to plan ahead and complete the below steps to be part of the TCC Homestay Program.

Applying for Homestay

  1. Review the Homestay Handbook
  2. Complete the online Homestay Application
  3. Pay the $250 non-refundable homestay placement fee
  4. Are you under 18? Submit the Parental Consent Form to TCC International Housing
  5. Register for New Student Orientation and receive your StudentID
  6. Arrival Services Confirmation (provide arrival information for airport pick up)

Upon completion of all of the above steps, TCC's Homestay team will begin to coordinate your placement with a local family. This process can take up to two weeks.

If you are experiencing a delay in receiving your visa or booking your flight, please make sure to communicate with TCC International Housing before the deadlines.


TCC International Programs does not place students into local apartments, homes or condominiums. Students should plan to contact local landlords directly. Leases for an apartment or home will typically be a minimum of six months. 


Below is a list of apartments within walking distance of TCC where international students can apply without requiring a cosigner:

Need more choices? Check out:


Often times a current student is in need of a roommate or community members are looking to rent out an available room in their home. Students can visit TCC International Programs to review the Roomates Wanted board or ask International Programs staff for recommendations.

Hotel Information

For students and/or parents looking for short-term accommodations in Tacoma, the following hotels provide discounts to friends of TCC. 

Become a Host!

We are always seeking enthusiastic families who would like to host long-term or short-term students. Learn more!

Contact International Housing

International Programs
Tacoma Community College
Building 11, 2nd Floor
6501 South 19th Street
Tacoma, WA 98466-6100
Phone/Fax: 253-566-5190