There are various living arrangements available to IELI students.
Student housing and accommodations are much less expensive in this area compared with urban areas of the U.S. The cost of living here is also much cheaper. We live in a very beautiful and safe community. People are friendly to international students, and there are many opportunities to get involved on campus and meet new friends. Beaches (with cold water) and skiing are available, and San Francisco is a short 5-hour drive away. Our air is clean and our forests, rivers and beaches are pristine.
Some IELI students choose to live in student apartments off-campus. The cost is $750 - $900 per month, not including utilities. You will be expected to pay a $1250 deposit fee. Groceries are inexpensive, or you can buy a campus meal card and eat on campus. Please e-mail IELI for more details. After you have been here awhile you may want to find an apartment to share with other students who may also be looking for a roommate.
IELI Host Home Program
The IELI Host Home program is for students who want to immerse themselves in English. Students who choose this option gain English speaking skills at a faster rate. They also have people who help them with understanding U.S. culture and settling into the community.
A number of rooms are available with people in the community. Our Host Home program has four options. All four options include a private room in a house, utilities, use of the kitchen, and common areas. It is necessary to make arrangements before you arrive. Please contact ieli [at] humboldt [dot] edu and we will do our best to find accommodations for you with a host. All rent and deposits must be paid on the day of arrival.
Home rent is for a private room in a house. Includes use of kitchen. Utilities included.
Monthly fee: $500 (no food provided)
First month rent plus deposit: $1000 (due upon arrival)
The home share program is for short-term programs. Private room in a house includes the use of kitchen. Students will buy their own food and cook for themselves during the week, or eat on campus. Cooked dinners are provided by hosts on Saturday and Sunday.
Monthly fee: $650
First month rent plus deposit: $1300 (due upon arrival)
Private room in a house, includes use of kitchen. Dinners provided by host 7 days per week. If the student cannot attend meal time, dinner will be prepared to re-heat.
Monthly fee: $800
First month rent plus deposit: $1600 (due upon arrival)
Housing Weekly (not always available)
$350 (dinner only)
$210 (no food provided)
$420 (dinner only)
$280 (no food provided)
All four options are for a private room, which includes utilities, use of kitchen and common areas. This is a month to month arrangement so we ask you to give a thirty-day notice to your host before you move out.
How do I apply?
In your application you will tell us which housing option you would like. We will send you a Student Questionnaire to fill out, this will let us know a little about you.
We like to receive your Student Questionnaire as soon as possible so we can arrange accomodations, and when you email us your arrival date, time and flight number to the Arcata airport (ACV) we will finalize accommodations. We will then put you in contact with the host so you can email each other and ask questions. We are limited in the number of homes available, so please contact us to make arrangements as early as possible. Please email the housing coordinator at ieli [at] humboldt [dot] edu.
We can help you find an apartment but you may have to stay in a hotel upon arrival.
You can search and apply for the off-campus listings here: www.humboldt.edu/housing/offcampus/index.html. You will probably be asked to sign a lease for a year and give a deposit. TAKE NOTE that signing a lease means you will be legally bound to stay for the term of the lease. Usually our students wait to move into shared accommodations until they feel more confident here in America.
Students will be responsible for their own transportation costs to and from the University. A bus pass is available for purchase for $60.00 per semester at the Student and Business Services Building (SBS). This "Jackpass" will give you unlimited travel on the Redwood Transit bus and the Arcata bus. For more information, please visit this website.
Please keep in contact with the IELI Housing Coordinator regarding your accommodations, as housing can be very hard to find. The earlier the arrangements the easier it will be to find a place to live.
What if I want to live on-campus?
International student dorm living is generally not available for IELI students. If there is availability, students wishing to live in the International Student Resident Hall are required to sign a lease for up to one academic year (August through May). Space is limited in the Resident Hall and will fill up quickly.
HSU degree-seeking international students (not IELI) may choose to live in the Resident Hall. This will provide you with a room and three meals a day on weekdays and two meals on Saturday and Sunday. Room and board for the academic year (August through May) costs $9,500 to $13,000. The exact cost depends upon whether you have a private or shared room and the meal-plan that you choose. Prices are always subject to change. For current pricing, check the HSU Housing Department website.