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The San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley do not offer on-campus housing. Listed below are private and independently-owned housing options for International students to consider:

Option 1: Homestay

San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley is proud to offer a homestay placement service for our international students. Our homestays are safe, affordable and quality housing accommodations with a local host family. 

Host homes are located within a reasonable distance to the student's school. Hosts come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds that matches the interest and needs of international students. It is a great opportunity for students to learn about American culture, while also working towards their academic goals.  

For more information please see here!  


Download and complete application form


For those interested in hosting students in a homestay, please see here   for more information. To submit an application to become a host family, please click here

Option 2: Rent an apartment

The rent of a one bedroom apartment ranges between $1200 to $1500 per month. Students can also rent a room in an apartment or home. Students must be prepared for additional costs of utilities, (gas, electricity and telephone). Usually, a security deposit will be required in addition to your first month’s rent. (This deposit is refundable).

The rate for a furnished room in the San Mateo, San Bruno and Redwood City area ranges between $800 to $1200 per month. This price usually covers all utilities and kitchen privileges. Students are responsible for their own personal expenses, such as cooking, laundry, telephone bill, etc.

The International Student Office at each college maintains a file of rooms in private homes and other apartment listings. They can provide students with housing information upon arrival.

New students should plan to arrange for their housing prior to arrival. New students should plan to arrive at least two weeks before registration. Early arrival is necessary to provide adequate time to adjust and become familiar with the area.

Housing Resources

These links are only provided as a guide and suggestion. San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley cannot guarantee quality or safety of hotels and short term housing provided on this website.

Hotel and Short Term Stays

 Hotel Address Phone Website
Bay Landing Hotel 1550 Old Bayshore Hwy, Burlingame, CA 94010 +1 (650) 259-9000 View Website  

Marriott Hotel Properties: 

    Courtyard San Mateo Foster City

    San Mateo/San Francisco Hotel


550 Shell Boulevard, Foster City, CA 94404

1770 South Amphlett Blvd, San Mateo, CA 94402


+1 (650) 377-0600

+1 (650) 653-6000


View Website  
Archstone San Mateo 1101 Park Place, San Mateo, CA 94403 +1 (888) 220-0301 View Website  
Hotel Sofitel San Francisco Bay 223 Twin Dolphin Dr, Redwood City, CA 94065 +1 (650) 598-9000 View Website  
Staybridge Suites San Francisco Airport 1350 Huntingon Avenue, San Bruno, CA 94066 +1 (650) 588-0770 View Website  


 Apartments and Long Term Housing Resources 

  • Craigslist lists a wide variety of housing in and around the San Francisco Bay area.
  • SFGate lists housing in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • San Mateo County Times focuses primarily on San Mateo County and is a good source for housing on the Peninsula.
  • San Mateo Daily Journal provides local housing information.