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Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Homestay Program & Housing

International students who are at least 18 years of age have a variety of housing options from which to choose, including housing with family or friends, apartment living, host family housing, and student house-shares. The Housing Coordinator may place students with homestay families or provides information to students who prefer house-shares or apartment living. 

No housing assistance will be provided to international students under the age of 18. Students under the age of 18 are required to live with family or family friends while attending Delaware County Community College.

The Homestay Program

New students who are at least 18 years of age and who would prefer to live with an area family should contact Shennelle Richards to request a homestay application. Students in the program will live with a host family and will have a private furnished bedroom, use of the home’s facilities, and interaction with the host family. Bedding, towels, all utilities and 2 meals per day are included. The monthly fee for this option is $675.

In addition to regular host family placements, there are a limited number of homestay placements without meals available. These placements provide all of the above except meals. The student will be responsible for his or her own grocery shopping and cooking. The monthly fee is $475.

For either option, students should complete a Homestay Application and pay the $400 refundable Homestay Deposit by check or credit card by the deadline noted on the application form. Applications can be sent by mail, email attachment or fax to the attention of Housing Coordinator, International Student Services.

Student House-Share

Some students prefer to live in independent, shared housing with other students and no host – which is known as student house-share. House-share spaces are limited. The house is fully furnished and equipped. Each student has a private bedroom and shares all other rooms, including bathrooms, living and dining areas, and kitchen. Students are responsible for their own meals. The specific arrangement and monthly fee is determined by the home owner.

Apartment Living

There are numerous options for apartment living in the communities surrounding the College. New students interested in apartment living should arrive 2 weeks in advance of Orientation to find and furnish an apartment. The student may need to stay in a motel or hotel until arrangements are made. Towns near the College include Media, Newtown Square, Broomall, and Havertown. Students will want to confirm that the apartment is within walking distance of the 112, 118, or 115 bus route (

Have Questions?

Please email Housing and International Admissions Coordinator.­ ­