ELS Language Centers offer a variety of student options ranging from homestay to student residency. Prices quoted below are per week.
2023 homestay fees are valid for applications received between Oct 1 and Dec 31, 2023 for arrivals in 2023, but are subject to change at any time.
|Los Angeles County, CA||$320|
|San Francisco, North Bay, CA||$420|
|St. Paul, MN||$340|
|St. Petersburg, FL||$365|
For student residence accommodations, 2024 pricing applies, see options below.
2024 homestay fees are valid for applications received between Oct 1 and Dec 31, 2024 for arrivals in 2024, but are subject to change at any time. 2024 On and off campus student residence fees are valid for applications received between Oct 1, 2023 and Dec 31, 2024 for arrivals until the end of 2024, but are subject to change at any time.
|Chicago, IL||$370||$375 (Chicago Student Residence) D|
|Cincinnati, OH||$335||$385 (University of Cincinnati Campus Residences) S & D|
|Cleveland, OH||N/A||$325 (Cleveland Student Residence) S|
|Houston, TX||$370||$290 (Houston Student Residence) D|
|Los Angeles County, CA||$350||$475 (University of La Verne Campus Residences) D|
|Melbourne, FL||$360||$425 (Florida Institute of Technology Campus Residences) D|
|Nashville, TN||N/A||$290 (Nashville Student Residence) S|
|Philadelphia, PA||N/A||$375 (Living & Learning Commons) D|
|San Francisco, North Bay, CA||$440||$335 (San Rafael Student Home) D|
|St. Paul, MN||$355||$365 (St. Paul Student Residence) S|
|St. Petersburg, FL||$385||$490 (Eckerd College Campus Residences) D|
|Tampa, FL||$385||$375 (Tampa Student Residence) D|
S = Single occupancy room (1-person)
D = Double occupancy room (2-person)
T = Triple occupancy room (3-person)
Prices are subject to change. Housing reservations are subject to availability.
Should ELS receive notification of visa approval fewer than 7 working days prior to arrival, ELS reserves the right to offer alternative housing, which may incur additional charges.
Should the arrival day be deferred due to delayed visa processing, ELS cannot guarantee the originally booked housing. If the student’s arrival is delayed, any additional cost that may be incurred in arranging housing for the student will be passed on to the student.
ELS offers 4-week session programs but allows for weekly start dates. As such, prices are listed by week.
Choose Your ELS Housing
We want you to be comfortable in the housing of your choice so you can concentrate on what’s most important - learning English.
Should you have any questions regarding these policies, please see your Center Staff.
If you have any problems with your accommodations, you must report them to the ELS Center as quickly as possible. The Center staff will be happy to help you resolve any problems, and will be able to assist you with all of your housing needs.
Students cannot smoke in any area or building of the residence, including student rooms. Most dorms also do not allow alcohol at any time, and others have strict rules regarding alcohol and parties at the dorms. The ELS Center Staff will inform you of these policies when you arrive at the Center.
Overnight guests are not usually permitted in the student residences, and guests may be expected to leave between 10 and 11 pm, depending on the residence’s rules.
Student rooms and belongings should be kept neat and clean at all times. You will be responsible for cleaning your room, and you must also clean up after yourself in the bathroom.
Move-out times will be specified at the Center. In most cases, student rooms must be inspected before the student leaves. Please allow plenty of time for the inspection before departure.
Student rooms include a desk, a chair, and a bed (bed is often a bunk bed), along with a place for clothes. ELS encourages students to decorate rooms with items that will not cause damage to the room.
In many cases, students will share a bathroom with other students. Most dorm bathrooms are located in the hallway, and are used by all students living on your floor.
Foods available near the Center will differ from the foods available in students’ home countries. If you have any specific dietary needs or allergies, please contact your Center for dining recommendations.
Living with roommates may be a difficult adjustment. Remember that your roommates are also trying to adjust, so please be kind and patient. We recommend that students do not change their housing for at least 4 weeks during the adjustment process. If you have any problems after that period, please contact a Center representative directly.
Each residence has its own rules and regulations. You will be required to follow all of the rules during your stay at the dorm.
Students are generally not permitted to smoke in the host family’s home, including the student’s bedroom.
Overnight guests are not permitted, and all guests will be expected to leave by 9 or 10 pm, depending on the rules of your host.
Student rooms and belongings should be kept neat and clean at all times.
Living with an American family may be a difficult adjustment. Remember that your host family is also trying to adjust, so please be kind and patient. We recommend that students do not change their housing for at least 4 weeks during the adjustment process.
American host families live a busy lifestyle. Breakfast with the host family will often include cereal and toast, and you will be expected to prepare it yourself. If your homestay includes dinner meals, your dinner will be ready usually between 6 pm to 8 pm.
American families eat a lot of meat, pasta, potatoes, and vegetables. The portions and variety may be different than other countries. You may wish to supplement your meals with a large lunch.
ELS does not allow students to visit different families to choose a place or residence. ELS will use the information you provide on your application to find a suitable host family for your needs, so please make sure to give ELS all of your host family preferences. Please make sure to provide a completed application when applying for Homestay.
Your host family will provide you with meals and a safe and comfortable place to live. The family will not cater to all of your needs, or clean up after you. You must treat your host family with respect and kindness at all times, and your host family will treat you with respect and kindness as well. It is considered rude to be impatient and demanding.
Please provide your flight details two weeks before your session start date to your counseling agent or ELS Central Admissions Department. This is important for your host family. They need to know your estimated time of arrival so they can be home to welcome you.