Costa Rica Housing & Homestay

When you study abroad one of the most important aspects to a good experience is your housing. Below are the types of housing options available:

Each of our programs involves a homestay with a local host family. Living and sharing your experience abroad with a host family is one of the important highlights of studying overseas. In fact, this can be the most enriching and lasting aspect of studying in a foreign country. Many students often maintain relationships with their host families well beyond the conclusion of the program. Our host families make up an important part of our team. They are carefully selected and interviewed, and have extensive prior experience.

Families with Apartment-Style Living Options
We highly recommend the homestay experience as it’s the best choice for a true immersion experience, however, for students looking for some form of independence we recommend placing you with one of our host families that has apartment-style living options (some type of separate living area, such as a garage apartment). This is the best of both worlds, you get independent living but you get meals and laundry provided by the family.

Independent Housing
We understand the needs of our students and for different reasons some students prefer to find their own apartment or live with a family they already know. This is not a problem! If you choose this option the housing portion is deducted from your program price. Our directors will assist as best they can but ultimately it is your responsibility to pay deposits, sign the lease and pay rent for your independent housing. Also, sometimes students decide later in their program they want to do this option. We will always work with you as best we can to help make sure you are in your ideal housing situation.

For semester or academic year students, if you decide that you want to find your own housing we recommend that you live the first month with one of our host families. That will give you time to get your bearings as the program starts and will give you time to find a place that you like. You will receive a housing discount from the program price for each month that you do not live with our host families.

Most of our students opt for the homestay option. Here's what you can expect:

In Costa Rica:

  • You will have all of your meals with your family and they will provide a sack lunch on weekend excursions.
  • Our host families are considered middle-class by local standards and live in very safe neighborhoods.
  • Our host families live conveniently within 15 to 20 minutes walking distance to school.
  • Laundry is done once a week by your host family.
  • All homes have WiFi.

Our Commitment:

We strive to provide the richest cultural experience possible with our programs, and realize that housing while abroad is an integral part to the experience you have. After acceptance into our program we will provide you with a Housing Questionnaire in order to learn about your specific housing needs, such as if you may require vegetarian or kosher meals only. Our onsite director will immediately address any issues you may have with your host family. We want this to be a positive experience for you! The cultural growth you will experience by living with a family is truly unmatched.