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Temporary Housing

You will want long-term housing at some point, but it can be hard to arrange before you arrive. Temporary housing fills the gap. Think of it as a snack between meals.

In case you arrive in the United States without having made arrangements for short-term housing, here are a few suggestions:

Local Hotels and Motels

Check local hotels/motels for weekly rates. These rates will vary depending on location but expect to pay approximately $300-400 per week or around $50 per night. Although most hotels and motels will accept drop-in guests, if you arrive in the United States during peak travel seasons (holidays), it is wise to reserve the hotel/motel in advance. We suggest that you check the online prices for Motel 6, Best Western, and Super 8 Motels.

Homestay Programs

Homestay programs may be available on a short-term basis. Contact your school or international student association for more information.

Rooms for Rent

Check student boards on campus for rooms that are available for rent. This may eventually become your long-term housing.


There the rooms are modest at best but they provide you with a place to rest temporarily. The YMCA/YWCA is not recommended for use on a long-term basis. Also, you may feel somewhat uncomfortable with the crowd of people staying there.

  • Rooms are available on a month-to-month basis.

  • Rates start at $300 per month and vary by location.

  • Availability is limited to certain locations, so click here to check to see if there is one nearby:
    - YMCA
    - YWCA
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