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Housing Options

Pierce College has a variety of housing options:


Many new international students choose a homestay because it is a great option to experience American culture firsthand. If you choose homestay, you will live with a carefully selected American host family. Hosts provide a private, fully furnished room, three meals a day and a family atmosphere. There is a minimum one quarter stay to be eligible for homestay. The total cost is $650 per month paid after you move in and directly to your host family each month.

The Housing Office provides a supportive environment in which students are helped and encouraged to develop their skills in leadership, community building and academic studies. Students under 18 are not eligible to live in the residence hall. Homestay options are available. Please contact George Scheffe, Homestay Manager, at 253-964-6593 or email

Become a Homestay Host Family

Want a global adventure in your own home? Consider hosting a Pierce College international student. Host families provide a critical learning experience for students and, in return, hosts learn about another culture and gain a lasting international connection. Visit the Homestay and Host Family page for detailed information.

Room for Rent (for international students)

If you wish to live independently and prepare your own meals, you can rent a private furnished room in the home of a local family. You will buy your own food, which you can prepare in the family kitchen. You will also have access to bathroom facilities in the home. Single rooms rent for $475 per month.


There are many apartments near the Pierce College campus, but we do not make placement arrangements. If you want to live in an apartment, we recommend that you start with a temporary homestay; once you are here, you can then choose your own apartment. Apartments rent for approximately $575 to $1,500 per month, depending on size, number of bedrooms, condition, and other amenities. In addition, you will be responsible for paying for electricity and heat, and you will pay a security deposit at the time of rental.

Note: Apartments in the U.S. usually come equipped with appliances, such as a stove, refrigerator and heater, but they do not include furnishings. If you choose to live in an apartment, you should be prepared to buy or rent such things as beds, tables, chairs, telephones, televisions, linens and kitchen utensils. We recommend apartment living only if you plan to attend Pierce for six months or longer.

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Airport Pickup

Based on your choice on the housing application under Arrival Information, the charge is only $25 if you arrive on designated arrival dates. If you plan to arrive early, you will need to make arrangements for transportation and hotel.

Current/Returning Students

If you are a current or returning student, the Housing Office does not offer airport service.

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