How do I become a host?

Hosting international students and scholars is a great way to stay home and make friends from all around the world. The host application process includes paperwork, a criminal record check for all household members over 18, personal references, and an interview to be conducted in your home.

Homestay is not a rental agreement. Its purpose is to include homestay guests in your life for the purposes of helping them learn English and experience American culture. Hosts must be excited about this mission.

Hosts provide each homestay guest with the following things:

  • • Intentional, relaxed conversation in English
  • • American cultural experiences (e.g. the post office, a little league game, a museum or a birthday party)
  • • A comfortable, private bedroom, including bed, linens, desk, desk chair, desk light, comfortable chair, internet access, and air conditioning from May 1 to September 30
  • • Access to a shared bathroom, free laundry facilities, cleaning supplies, a microwave and toaster oven (in the kitchen), and space in a cupboard and refrigerator to store personal food
  • • A variety of healthful foods for daily, continental self-serve breakfast
  • • Three fresh, sit-down, family-style dinners a week in which English is spoken and enjoyed
  • • Assistance with transportation on the first day of class

The Homestay Fee is calculated at a rate of $31.00 per night, payable during orientation on move-in day. If you would like information about becoming a host for Right at Home Homestay, please complete the form below and someone will contact you.

The fields marked in red are required.

Host Inquiry Form

















Please click Submit Form when you are finished.

Application process

First, complete the inquiry form above. After review, the Homestay Coordinator will contact you and provide you with a full Host Application packet. Then, submit the completed application and all supporting documentation to the Right at Home Homestay office at 435 South 45th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

After reviewing it, the Homestay Coordinator will contact you to arrange a time for a Home Study visit. This visit includes a face-to-face interview with all members of the family over 18 years of age and an opportunity to see the home and the fully-prepared homestay rooms.

An $85.00 Home Study Fee, payable by check to Right at Home Homestay, will be collected at the time of the Home Study.

Current hosts

Here are frequently used forms (PDF files) for your convenience. Please note that some forms can be emailed for your convenience, but others require signatures and must be delivered in hard copy form.

  • Homestay Student Request
  • This important form must be submitted as soon as you know the departure date for the student(s) currently living in your home. It is our way of knowing that you will have a homestay room available. Applications are being received and students are being assigned to homes all the time, sometimes many months in advance of their arrival. The sooner you have stated your availability, the better we are able to make timely and compatible matches. You may submit your Homestay Student Request as an email attachment for your convenience. Thank you for keeping your Homestay Student Request as up-to-date as possible.

  • Excursion Agreement
  • This form must be completed prior to any excursion lasting more than one night. Please carefully review the plan with your student(s), have all parties sign the agreement, and turn it in at least one week before your departure. The Excursion Agreement requires both host and student signatures and must be submitted in hard copy form.

  • Homestay Student Evaluation
  • This form must be filled out and submitted by every out-going student. It is the host’s responsibility to see that students complete and turn in an evaluation before moving out of the homestay. The Homestay Student Evaluation requires a student signature and must be submitted in hard copy form in an envelope sealed by the guest. New guests cannot be placed in homestays until a Homestay Student Evaluation from all previous guests has been submitted.

  • Internet Security Agreement
  • This form can be used to define the limitations on guest use of host's home Internet service. It can be filled out by incoming guests upon arrival in the homestay. It is an agreement exclusively between the host and homestay guest and a copy is not required for the file.

  • Guidelines for Accommodating Dietary Restrictions
  • This form is used to define the parameters of the host’s responsibility for accommodating dietary restrictions. When an applicant indicates dietary restrictions, a review and signing of this form becomes part of Orientation to Homestay which take place in the home office on move-in day. The form becomes part of the guest’s official file.

  • Non-Use Policy
  • This form is used to establish that the Homestay Fee must be paid according to schedule from move-in day to move-out day, regardless of use or non-use. A review and signing of this form is part of the Orientation to Homestay which takes place in the home office on move-in day. The form becomes part of the guest’s official file.

  • Host Family Information
  • This form is part of a host’s official file and the information contained in it must be kept current. Annually, hosts will be asked to update this form on May 1. If your circumstances change at any time during the year, it is your responsibility to inform the Homestay Coordinator of Right At Home Homestay, LLC immediately. The Host Family Information form requires a signature from each head of household and must be submitted in hard copy form.

  • Host Verification: Homeowner's Insurance
  • This form is part of a host’s official file and the information in it must be kept current. Annually, hosts will be required to update this form on May 1. If your circumstances change at any time during the year, it is your responsibility to inform the Homestay Coordinator of Right at Home Homestay, LLC immediately. The Host Verification: Homeowner’s Insurance form requires a signature from each head of household and must be submitted in hard copy form.

  • Host Verification: Taxes
  • This form is part of a host’s official file and the information in it must be kept current. Annually, hosts will be required to update this form on May 1. If your circumstances change at any time during the year, it is your responsibility to inform the Homestay Coordinator of Right at Home Homestay, LLC immediately. The Host Verification: Taxes form requires a signature from each head of household and must be submitted in hard copy form.

“Anthony and Tonya gave me a lot of advice about Philadelphia. We had natural conversations and I was comfortable with them. The house had good working and learning conditions.”

Hendrick, Germany

“I liked everything at Bill and Vera’s house. They are very friendly and they deal with me like I am someone from the family. Sometimes we go out to dinner or to watch a baseball game with their children.”

Faisal, Saudi Arabia