International Education Program at College of San Mateo - Housing
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International Education Program
Housing Options

New international students should secure housing before arriving in the U.S. Listed below are housing options and resources available to College of San Mateo international students.

Option 1: Homestay

The College of San Mateo
 is proud to offer a homestay placement service for our international students. Our homestays are safe, affordable and quality housing accommodations with a local host family. Host homes are located within a reasonable distance to the student's school. Hosts come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds that matches the interest and needs of international students. It is a great opportunity for students to learn about American culture, while also working towards their academic goals.  Read more about the San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley Homestay Program.

Option 2: Rent an apartment

The rental cost of a one and two bedroom apartment ranges between $1100 to $2,500 per month.  Students must be prepared for additional costs of utilities (gas, electricity and internet). There is required security deposit of the first month rent (refundable).

Option 3: Rent a room

The rent of a furnished room in the Bay Area ranges between $900 and $1200 per month. This price usually covers all utilities and kitchen & bathroom privileges.  Students are responsible for their own personal expenses, such as cooking, laundry, phone bills, etc. 

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