During their studies at OISE, most students stay in the home of a local host family. This is called a "homestay." Students will have their own private bedroom in the house and share meals and evening time with their host families. This is an excellent opportunity to gain insight into the American way of life and practice using English in an authentic environment. For students who prefer a more private living space, OISE can help book a hotel room or private apartment.
Doing a homestay in Boston is different from living in one's own home, but it is a rewarding way for students to improve their English while experiencing daily life in the US.
OISE host “families” do not always consist of two parents with children. For example, a widow or widower, a single person or a couple whose children are grown up can also make excellent hosts. Students should try to fit in with the everyday life of the household. If there are any minor difficulties or misunderstandings, most of these can be cleared up quickly with a little goodwill and good humor.
OISE staff can also help with private accommodation options. The staff have relationships with several hotels and companies that offer short-term rentals of studio and one-bedroom apartments.Need more help? Contact OISE