Cost & Fees

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does the Homestay Fee include?

    The Homestay Fee is prorated at $35/night for a private room for stays under one month, or $50/night for married couples sharing their room. This fee includes a fully furnished private bedroom with towels, sheets, blankets and a pillow; a shared bathroom; access to laundry facilities, microwave, and refrigerator; internet access; and air conditioning from May 1 through September 30. 

    The monthly rate (payable on the first of the month) is: 

    $875 to $925 based on single occupancy, and depending on the size of the room.  Double occupancy is $1400 (married couple).  When you contact us, we will let you know which room or rooms are available.  

    Students share a common bathroom on the third floor.  Rooms are not shared unless by a married couple.  The third and fourth floor are off-limits to non-homestay students with the exception of Newbrander friends and family utilizing their non-student guest room.  

    Each student has a place to store personal food in both a cupboard and shared refrigerator.  A self-serve continental breakfast (cereal, toast, butter and jam, lunchmeat, coffee, tea) is provided. Students can easily pick up lunch or simple dinner ingredients--the supermarket is in walking distance to the Newbrander home.  There are many restaurants and cafes nearby to explore. Coffee and tea are always available to students.

    Twice a week, the entire homestay family will sit down together for a meal cooked by Lyn and for extended conversation and community. These are rich times together.

    The Newbranders frequently host student gatherings in their home on Friday evenings as part of their non-profit work with international students. All homestay students are invited to participate in those gatherings. If a meal is included with the gathering, homestay students who are participating in the entire evening are welcome to also join for the meal at no additional cost.   

    The Homestay Fee is all-inclusive. There are no additional taxes, utilities, or fees. The homestay is paid on the first of the month and other days are prorated. In the unlikely event of a guest breaking items or causing damage, the student is expected to replace the item or pay for repairs.

  • How can I pay for my homestay?

    Payment is prorated until the first of the month and then due promptly on the first of each month.  Prior to move-out (with a two-week advance notice), the fee will be prorated for partial months.

    Payments can be made in cash, a certified bank check, Zelle, or Venmo.

    Credit cards are not accepted.

    The deposit to secure your homestay is an application fee and covers administrative costs.  It is not a partial payment of the first month’s homestay fee.

  • I'm planning to be away during my stay. What happens then?

    Just as with any university housing or rental, room reservations are from move-in day to move-out day consecutively.  If you choose not to eat meals or not to sleep in your room, you will need to continue paying according to schedule. This policy applies during vacation periods.  Students who do not wish to pay for their rooms while they are gone on break must move out completely and store their belongings elsewhere.  The room will be made available to a new student.

  • Cancellations/Refunds

    Homestays are available on a first-come first-served basis. It is important to apply as early as possible. Once a student has occupied a homestay, there are no refunds for the first four-week session.