What is a homestay?

A homestay is the only housing option that provides international students and visiting scholars the opportunity to live in an American home while studying in Philadelphia. By sharing life together with their hosts, students have a first-hand experience of American culture and a chance for regular, relaxed conversation in English. Students love the safety and comfort of home while living in an excellent environment for serious study. Students find that a homestay is much more than just renting a room in a house. A homestay is a place that makes you feel right at home.

Each homestay includes:

  • • Special friends and family where you live
  • • Safe, affordable accommodations
  • • A comfortable, fully furnished, private bedroom
  • • Daily, self-serve continental breakfast
  • • Three family-style dinners each week
  • • Internet access
  • • Microwave, refrigerator, and laundry facilities
  • • Regular and relaxed conversation in English
  • • Rich variety of American cultural experiences
  • • Lifelong memories of your American family

Who are our hosts?

All of our hosts are different. Some host families include a husband, a wife, and children. Some are single professionals. Some are retired Americans who enjoy sharing their homes with students and scholars from all over the world. Each host is chosen for their warm hospitality and gracious homes only a short commute from the universities and programs we serve.

Meet the Homestay team

Lyn & Tim Newbrander
Homestay Coordinators
Right at Home Homestay, LLC.

"For many years, we have loved hosting people from all over the world in our home. Also, for 22 years, we have lived overseas, so we know first-hand the joys and challenges of navigating a new culture, making friends, and learning a language.   We look forward to helping you with your transition to America, starting with feeling "right at home" with a terrific host family. Welcome to Philadelphia. We can hardly wait to meet you!"

Anne & Bruce McDowell
Right at Home Homestay, LLC.

"We have been hosting international students for years and have loved every minute of it. We have traveled the globe and have also spent many years of our lives living overseas. As a result, we enjoy meeting new people from around the world and learning their languages, cultures, customs and foods. It has been an honor and a privilege to work with the stellar hosts and students at Right at Home Homestay, and we are looking forward to meeting you too!"

“Since 1995, my family and I have been welcoming international students and scholars to our corner of the world. Philadelphia, the birth place of America, is rich in history, culture, and entertainment. University City, our own vibrant neighborhood, is a center for world-class institutions of education, medicine, and technology. Here, wonderful hosts open their homes to students and scholars from around the globe. Together, we welcome you to the Right at Home Homestay family. Now take a deep breath, relax, and be comfortable. We want you to feel right at home.”

Anne Cohen
Right at Home Homestay, LLC.