Live with an American Family

Housing that shows you another side of American life

American family with a Japanese studentWhen you are deciding where to live in Indianapolis, consider living with an American host. This is called a homestay.

Whether you are a student, scholar, worker, or visitor, a homestay can be an excellent way for short-term or long-term housing.

Homestay Benefits

A homestay can be an affordable option, and it will give you an opportunity to experience daily life in the U.S.

Your host will help you become comfortable with life in Indianapolis. You will explore the city, experience local culture and customs, and have daily opportunities to practice your English. Many people who choose homestays develop close bonds with their hosts, who can be single people or couples, young or old.

Homestays vary, but they typically include a private bedroom, most meals, utilities, and homestay orientation or training. Homestays do not include transportation, but they are often near public transportation.

Find a Homestay

The Office of International Affairs does not arrange homestays. Instead, we highly recommend the following organizations, which can help you find a suitable homestay.

International Homestay Consultants, Inc.

Application/placement fee: $200
Homestay length: Any length of time
Homestay cost: $650 per four weeks, which can be pro-rated for other lengths of time
Contact information: Lauren Basile, 317-475-9526,

Learn more about International Homestay Consultants and apply

Indy Internationals

Application fee: None
Homestay length: Minimum of three months, and month by month after that
Homestay cost: $700 monthly, plus a $200 refundable deposit
Contact information: Submit the form on the Indy International website to start communication

Learn more about Indy Internationals and apply