Do your best to find housing long before your arrival in the U.S. In many cases, your employer may have recommendations for short- or long-term housing near your workplace. If you are beginning the search on your own, use the resources below. Most importantly, don’t arrive in the U.S. without any pre-arranged housing.
For the first few nights in the U.S. you may need short-term housing. Hostels, affordable motels, or universities and colleges are good options. It’s even better if you can travel and share expenses with other CIEE Work & Travel USA students. Make reservations ahead of time to make sure you have a bed or room when you arrive.
When planning your long term-housing, consider living with other CIEE Work & Travel students -- this is a great way to make new friends and save money. Also consider whether or not the housing is furnished, includes utilities, and whether it is close to work or is close to public transportation, as these can all affect your monthly costs.
Rent, Sublet, or Share?
When you start looking for a place to live, you will find apartments that are available to rent, sublet, or share.
When you rent an apartment you sign a lease, or contract, with a landlord. Pay close attention to the lease agreement, as there may be penalties for breaking the contract. For example, if you lease an apartment for four months but decide to leave after two months, there may be a financial penalty in addition to your rent.
CIEE strongly encourages you to find an apartment where the lease is month-to-month, and avoid long-term leases with firm rules and commitments.
A sublet is an apartment or room rented by the owner or leaseholder to another person. Finding a sublet is a good option because it gives you flexibility similar to a month-to-month lease.
If you share an apartment you will pay a portion of the rent and common apartment expenses. This can be easier than looking for a place yourself. If you decide to share an apartment, make sure to meet your possible roommate to get a feel for the situation. Your first instinct is always your best, and you should not accept a situation that you don’t feel comfortable with.
A Youth Hostel is good quality budget accommodation that offers a comfortable night's sleep in friendly surroundings at an affordable price.
The Youth Hostel Association
provides a very comprehensive web site which provides details concerning accommodations, prices, hours of operation, and other details.