International Program Housing and Services

Welcome to Silicon Valley. We hope that the resources we've gathered will help you in your search for housing.


Many international students choose to live in local apartment complexes or private homes. While many apartments and houses nearby can be fairly expensive, you may find that living with other students or families can help reduce costs.

When choosing an apartment, we suggest that you first look at it and learn about the policies and costs before signing a lease or month-to-month agreement.


Housing Options

Studio: A studio apartment is one large room with a small kitchenette and bathroom.

One-bedroom apartment: One-bedroom apartments have a bedroom, a living room, a kitchen, and a bathroom. One-bedroom apartments can often be shared by two people.

Two-bedroom apartment: Two-bedroom apartments have two bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen, and a bathroom. Two-bedroom apartments can be shared by two to four people.

Room in a house: There are often houses available for rent or houses with individual rooms for rent. Students who choose to rent a room in a house will have access to the bathroom, kitchen, yard, and other parts of the house. Monthly rent for one bedroom in a house varies and monthly rent for an entire house varies greatly depending on the size of the house and its location.

Homestays: Stay with a local family or group of students. There are many organizations that connect international students to local families. One local organization, based in Silicon Valley, is ISP. You can visit their website at or email them at for more information.

ESL Housing is an international student housing company which specializes in apartments for international students.  You can learn more about them by visiting their website at or send an email to to inquire about available options. 


How to Find an Apartment

If you are looking for an apartment or shared housing, we would like to suggest a few options:

  • Consult housing Web sites, local magazines and Craigslist. Some of the most commonly used resources are listed below. A few of these also have an option to search for rooms in shared apartments or houses.

Online Resources



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