Most of our students requesting housing in this area choose to stay with local hosts (“homestays”). All of our homestays are with kind, caring hosts who live in comfortable homes in safe neighborhoods within a 10-mile radius of the school, and accessible by no more than 60 minutes door-to-door of public transportation. The director personally interviews all hosts. Most of our hosts have been working with us for many years. Hosts can be couples with or without children or single women with or without children.
Policies: We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity or religion. Hosts must speak English in the home. Age is important only as it relates to the ability to provide a comfortable, safe home environment for our students. Please read the Host Program Contract for detailed information on the program.
Homestay changes: If the host or student is uncomfortable for some reason, the director discusses the situation with him/her to determine the best solution. If the host or student would really prefer that the student change hosts, that can be done with two weeks’ notice.
Short-term apartments, either furnished or unfurnished, are difficult to find in this area and tend to be similar to hotels in cost. We can send you contact information for a few places upon request.
Here are a few other ways to find housing:
a. Craigslist, www.craigslist.org/pen, is an online bulletin board that has listings for apartments and shared housing in this area. You can find locations on the map. These listings are posted by individuals, not businesses; you will probably need to leave telephone messages with your contact information before you can see the apartments or rooms.
b. Some apartments advertise with “Apartment for Rent” signs outside the building. Students can go to the areas that interest them and look for such signs. We will be happy to go over maps of Menlo Park and the surrounding cities with students and give information about specific areas.