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EC San Diego: Academic Homestay

EC Students Only

Photos show samples of available rooms. Fixtures, fittings and sizes may vary.

Accommodation Includes

  • Bed linen and towels are provided.
Type of Room
Board Status
Half Board (Breakfast and Evening meal)

Description of accommodation

You will enjoy a comfortable Homestay environment, plus benefit from extra English lessons with your host, to really boost your learning and make the most of your time.

At least one of your hosts will be a qualified teacher, and give you five private, one-to-one English lessons per week. Your host will also take you out on one excursion each week, such as a visit to a local attraction, shopping, or another enjoyable activity in the local area.

Your room will be naturally lit and contain a bed, drawer and closet. Some rooms have a TV and other amenities.

Description of local area

San Diego, with its wonderful Californian climate, relaxed outdoor way of life, and fantastic scenery offers students a unique opportunity for learning. Here you can enjoy some of the most beautiful beaches in California and incredible natural parks, where you can hike on trails overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Meal Description

Every meal is nutritious, fresh and prepared daily. our host families make an effort to adjust the type of food offered to the tastes of the students and take religious beliefs into consideration when preparing meals. Vegetarians or people with food allergies should specify upon booking.

Breakfast varies from family to family. It is usually self-service and includes bread, coffee and cereal. Hosts are encouraged to offer students whatever is typical for their home. Students who book half board will eat whatever the family eats. If the host family is dining out, the student will accompany them as a guest. Dinners are usually quite early in the USA, but families will inform the student of the time when they eat. Not all families will sit down and have dinner together every night. It is important that the student informs the host family beforehand should they be late or not having dinner.

Some hosts will allow students to use their kitchens to cook on their own, but this varies from family to family. Students should always ask before using the kitchen and should clean up after themselves.

Emergency Number

+1 858 449 3758

Arrival and departure

  • Arrival Day: Saturday

  • Departure Day: Saturday

Host Family Locations

Our Academic Homestays are located within 45-60 minutes by public transport from EC. About 80% are in Clairemont, one of the most beautiful and prestigious areas of San Diego. The remainder of our host families are in the affluent seaside community of La Jolla and neighbouring Pacific Beach, home to one of San Diego’s larger nightlife scenes.

Journey to school

Our Academic Homestays are located 45-60 minutes from EC by public transport.

Public transportation passes:

  • A one month pass is $38 for 18 year olds or younger and $72 for adults
  • Half Month pass - $38
  • Day Passes - $5
  • Two-Day Pass - $9
  • Three-Day Pass - $12
  • Four-Day Pass - $15
  • One Way - $2.25

Arrival Procedures

If you have booked an airport transfer, you will be met at San Diego International Airport by a representative from our airport pick-up services.

For an additional fee, your host can meet you at the airport and transfer you personally to the Academic Homestay.


  • Please note that we typically require 4 weeks’ notice for this option
  • Students should ask their family how to use items in the home, such as window shades, bathroom fixtures, kitchen appliances (microwave, dishwasher) and other equipment.
  • Some hosts have washing machines and dryers available for students and some do not.
  • Some homes may have pets. Should students be allergic or prefer not to live with a pet they should indicate this on their preferences when booking.
  • No smoking is permitted inside the house. If smoking outside care should be taken when disposing of cigarette butts. Please be cautious with cigarettes as fire is a real hazard in our dry climate.
  • All students will be given a key to their home.
  • Each family will have their own set of rules and are encouraged to go over these rules with the student upon arrival and/or post the rules in a common area of the home.
  • In general, students are expected to communicate evening plans to the family, ask permission for friends to visit, limit home telephone calls to local calls only unless an international card is purchased, keep their rooms tidy, and to be very quiet when returning home very late.
  • Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from school.
  • Some host families have curfews and/or a time limit for showers.
  • Please note that we typically require 4 weeks’ notice for application.