living in seattle
Housing and Airport Pickup Service
An independent homestay organization arranges homestays for ALPS students. This is a different organization from ALPS. They arrange a homestay with an American host. Though some students choose to find an apartment to live in, most students prefer living with Americans in a homestay because it is a gateway to America which lets them experience American culture and practice their English as much as possible in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
The homestay hosts are carefully chosen for friendliness, hospitality, and responsibility. As much as possible, students are placed with hosts who have similar interests.
In a homestay, an American host provides the student with a private room and meals for a monthly fee. The student is encouraged to take part in household activities. The student may live in a house or an apartment. Some students prefer to live with a married couple or a family, while others prefer to share a home with single Americans. Because of the wide range of homestay hosts, students can share in traditional American family life or lead a more independent lifestyle with single Americans of approximately the same age. Both the host and student benefit from the cultural exchange. Students who use this service pay a one-time placement fee and a monthly fee for a room and meals.