Tacoma, Washington, United States

Tacoma | Bates Technical College

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About This Center


ELS Tacoma is located on the friendly campus of Bates Technical College in Tacoma, Washington. Cafes, dining, recreation, hospitals, and entertainment are all within a 10-minute walk of campus. Enjoy outdoor activities, seasonal events, student clubs, volunteering, and take day trips to Mount Rainier National Park, Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver.  

1101 South Yakima Ave, Tacoma, Washington, United States

Great Things to See and Do

Unique Museums: Tacoma is home to the world-famous Museum of Glass, a contemporary art museum, and LeMay – America’s Car Museum, one of the world’s largest private car collections.

Seattle: Seattle is home a thriving arts scene, rich history, culture, outdoor activities, and world-famous coffee.

Experience Nature: Point Defiance Park offers trails and roads, beaches, gardens, a zoo, and an aquarium.

Tacoma | Bates Technical College

  • Partner University
    • Bates Technical College
  • Housing Options
    • Student Residence (Off Campus)
    • Homestay
  • City Environment
  • Urban

Housing Options

Student Residence (Off Campus)

Apartment-style dormitories with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, living/dining room, fully equipped kitchen, desks, and in-unit washer and dryer. Maximum of four students per apartment, with students sharing a bedroom and bathroom. Wi-Fi access and cable TV are provided in each ELS apartment. Building has a communal courtyard with BBQ and outdoor seating, as well as a community room for celebrations and events.
Within a 5-minute walk from the apartment are shops, restaurants, cafes, museums and electric train stop. Students can reach the waterfront in 10 minutes by foot, where they can experience kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, boating, and enjoy great views while they have lunch or dinner.

  • Cost per Session
  • $780
  • Occupancy
  • Double Deluxe
  • Meal Credits
  • No meals included


ELS Tacoma staff interview and visit each homestay family. Center staff look for families that are welcoming, flexible, understanding, compassionate, and have a desire to provide a great experience for students. Students describe their homestay families as friendly, helpful, wonderful and very nice.

  • Cost per Session
  • $1090
  • Occupancy
  • Single
  • Meal Credits
  • 14 meals per week. Breakfast: Breakfast can be hot or cold; self-serve is fine as long as the Host Family explains this procedure to the student. Dinner: Dinner should be a sit-down meal as a family at least 4 or 5 nights a week. . On evenings when the Host Family will not be able to sit down to a meal, the student must be provided with a prepared meal. The Host Family can leave prepared foods in the refrigerator for the student with instructions on how to heat dinner. Lunch and Snacks: Lunch and in-between meal snack foods are not included in the Homestay price.

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