If you arrive in the United States without having
made arrangements for short-term housing, don't worry.
You have options:
Local Hotels and Motels
Check local hotels and motels for weekly rates. These rates will
vary depending on location but expect to pay around $300-400
per week (or around $50 per night). Weekly rates are generally
cheaper than paying day by day. Hotels and motels
will accept drop-in guests, but if you will arrive in the United
States during peak travel seasons (such as holidays),
it is wise to reserve a room in advance, because they will fill up
fast in some areas.
The following hotel and motel chains offer affordable rates and
Click on the links below to find a suitable place to stay and to make
- Motel 6
offers reliable quality, at very affordable prices.
In some locations, it also offers
with kitchens for extended stays.
- Best Western
offers good rooms with reasonable rates. Since
it's the world's largest hotel chain, you can probably find one
close to your school.
- Super 8 Motels has more than 1,900 motels across the U.S. and Canada. Their rates are also
Homestay programs may be available on a short-term basis. Contact your school or international student association for more information.
Rooms for Rent
Check bulletin boards on campus for rooms that are available for rent.
This could lead to long-term housing.
YWCA - The "Y"
The Young Men's and Young Women's Christian Associations
are long-standing and well-respected community
service organizations. Though founded by Christian groups,
they are non-denominational organizations these days. They
provide many services, such as neighborhood athletic programs.
They also provide short-term housing. The rooms are modest at
best, but they provide you with place to rest temporarily.
The YMCA and YWCA are not recommended for use on a long-term basis.
- Rooms are available on a month-to-month basis.
- Rates start at $300 per month and vary by location.
- Limited to certain locations, so check to
see if there is one nearby. There are locator pages for both the
YMCA and the
Homestay - Ever lived with an American family?