Homestay Services

The cultural and language experience of living in a homestay is invaluable when international students first come to the United States. Fia Parker makes every possible effort to match the student with the most appropriate family to maximize everyone’s experience. Many students have told me that their homestay is truly their ‘home away from home’.

Suzanne Stoddard, ESL Instructor
International Education Center at Diablo Valley College (IEC@DVC)

Homestay Placements

Services Page ImageDiablo Valley Homestay has hundreds of experienced, pre-screened families in our program. All host families go through a double interview process, as well as an onsite home inspection and background check, prior to being accepted into our housing registry. Our host families are friendly, interested in cultural exchange, and they look forward to welcoming an international student into their home. Living in a homestay offers the student the best opportunity for academic success in their new country, and provides them with an English-speaking environment, as well as first-hand exposure to the American culture. Homestay students are provided with:

  • A furnished, private bedroom, including all bedding linens and towels
  • Two meals per day (breakfast and dinner), Monday through Friday. Three meals per day on Saturday and Sunday.
    (If the family is not going to be home during mealtime, food will be available in the home for the students to prepare themselves. Students are responsible for purchasing their own lunch, Monday through Friday.)
  • A clean, comfortable, and safe living environment and the added security of being part of a family.
  • All household utilities are included in the monthly homestay rate. Students must purchase and use their own cell phone. If, for any reason, students need to use the house telephone, they must ask permission and they must use a calling card for any calls made using the house telephone.

Diablo Valley Homestay offers the best homestay rates in Northern California. To apply for a homestay placement, visit our Students page, and select the appropriate application for the school you will attend. (If you don’t see your chosen school listed, please email us or contact us at (925) 876-0080 for more information.)

Airport Pick Up Service

Diablo Valley Homestay can arrange for a personal driver to meet you in the Arrival Lobby after you exit Immigration and take you directly to your homestay. The cost for the airport pick up service is $110*, per person (cash only), paid directly to the driver, at the time of pick up. (There is an additional $40 surcharge added to any flights scheduled to arrive after 8:00pm.) Our students greatly prefer this option because it is much easier and quicker than hiring a shuttle service to take them to their homestay.

The difference in time is significant: When using a shuttle service, you must make a reservation, contact the shuttle upon arrival, find the shuttle stop, and wait for the shuttle to arrive. Most shuttles can carry a maximum of 6 people, which means that you may have a very long ride to your destination since you would need to wait for the other people to be dropped off. It can sometimes take several hours before you finally reach your homestay. When using our airport pick up service, the driver will be waiting for you in the Arrival Lobby. After that, you will be taken directly to your homestay. The entire process is usually completed in 45 minutes.

(**Rates for students attending Cal State University East Bay, Los Medanos College, Quarry Lane School, and Valley Christian School are $130, per person. Rates for students attending Solano Community College are $180, per person.)

To request this service, please complete and submit our Airport Pick Up Request Form.

Welcome Assistance Package

Girl with Backpack Image used on Services PageThe Welcome Assistance Package is a service that provides the student with dedicated personal time with a Diablo Valley Homestay staff member. During the time spent together, the student will receive the following services:

  • Assistance with opening a bank account
  • Assistance with purchasing a cell phone
  • Learning his or her route to school, including familiarization with the local bus and train system, and assistance with buying bus passes and train tickets
  • A necessities shopping trip for school items and/or personal items
  • Assistance with purchasing a bicycle, and transporting it back to the homestay
    Note: Many students use bicycles to get around the local area

The cost for the Welcome Assistance Package is $200, and does not need to be paid in advance.  Payment is due on the date of the personal appointment.  You may request this service anytime throughout the placement process, or immediately after arriving in the United States.

Short-Term Housing for Visiting Interns and Working Professionals

Diablo Valley Homestay is happy to provide visiting interns and working professions with short-term housing assistance. The needs of an intern or working professional are often very different than the typical international student. Therefore, we work with many families in the community to offer flexible living arrangements for visiting interns and working professionals. We can customize a specific living situation to meet your individual needs.

For more information about any of the homestay services we offer, please email us or contact us at (925) 876-0080.