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The San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley do not offer on-campus housing. Listed below are 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!  

Applications are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Priority application deadline is December 9th.

Applications submitted after Dec. 9th have a $500 placement fee. They are dependent on host family availability and cannot be guaranteed. The $500 placement fee will be refunded to the student ONLY if we are unable to locate a host family for the student.


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.

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.

Below are possible housing options located near each of our campuses that students can contact directly to inquire:

Cañada College   College of San Mateo   Skyline College  



  Will you need an airport pick upon arrival? Schedule your airport pickup here!

Hotel and Short Term Stays

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.