EC Partners

New York Homestay

Description of Local Area

What better way to improve your English language skills than to practice them with an American host family?

Just as there is no typical New Yorker, there is also no typical home in New York. We have host families who were born and raised in New York and others who moved to New York from different states or countries. All of the hosts love sharing their home with our international students.

Description of Accommodation

Staying with a local family is both exciting and rewarding. Host families provide the best insight into how an American family leads their life. This interaction with a family helps students communicate better, faster and allows them to pick up words and nuances used in daily situations.

Some host families have three story homes with several bedrooms, whilst others have a smaller apartment. All homestays are located in safe areas of the city. Students may find New York to be very fast paced and may notice that their host families work long hours.

Students’ rooms are sufficiently spacious with a source of natural light, a comfortable bed and a reasonable supply of blankets, sheets, bath towels and pillows. There will be storage facilities with drawers and closets with adequate hanging space. The student will have a desk or table for private study, a reading lamp, adequate power outlets, a mirror, and a waste paper basket.

Additionally, students will have open access to common areas such as the living room, kitchen, dining room, etc. Some hosts may have restrictions on using the kitchen or bathroom.

It is rare for apartments to have a washer and dryer in the apartment. Most New York City homes will have a common laundry room in the building or students will have to go to a local Laundromat.


Meal Description

Host families prepare a variety of meals and make an effort to adjust the type of food to the tastes of students. They also take religious beliefs into consideration when preparing meals. Vegetarians or people with food allergies should inform EC of their dietary requirements upon booking.

Breakfast varies from one family to another. Host families are encouraged to offer you whatever is typical for their home. They may prepare a hearty breakfast with eggs, toast, bacon, fruit, coffee or tea, but most will offer something simple like toast or cereal and coffee.

Other families prefer a “serve yourself” policy where the student will help themselves to whatever they might want that morning. If students book half board they eat whatever the family eats. Dinners are usually quite early in the USA, but families will inform students of the time when they eat. Not all families will sit down and have dinner together every night. Some host families will allow students to use their kitchens to cook on their own meals, but this varies from family to family.

Accommodation Features

Type of Room


Single or Twin

Manhattan: Single (Supplement)

Bathroom type



Board status


B&B or
Half Board*

*Bed & Breakfast. A half board supplement which includes dinner in addition to breakfast is available at an extra charge.


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Emergency Number

+1- 631-612-4494

Arrival and departure

Host Family Locations

Homestays in New York are located in all five boroughs – Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. EC New York also has a few homestays in some parts of New Jersey. Homestays in Manhattan are on request only and only offer bed and breakfast. Homestays in this area are at a higher price than homestays in other areas of New York.

Journey to school

The Manhattan homestays are approximately a 25-45 minutes commute to EC New York. Outside of Manhattan the commute is between 45 and 60 minutes. Times are approximate.

Airport Pickup

Booked an airport transfer? After immigration, follow these instructions:

1. Collect your luggage

2. Pass through Customs

3. Go to the Welcome Center

4. WAIT for your driver(look for an orange EC New York sign with your name on it) Note: International transfers will arrive one hour after the flight lands and domestic arrivals will arrive 30 minutes after the flight lands to allow for the student to pass through Customs and successfully retrieve their luggage.

Dont see a driver with an EC New York sign and your name on it?

1. CALL or TEXT+1 (718) 392-6100 or the toll free number 1-800-473-8477 from any pay phone in the terminal (if you do not have phone service) and give your name, terminal and details of where you are standing.

If there is an emergency, call or text EC New York’s emergency line: +1 (347) 567-3543.


House Rules

  • Special dietary may be accommodated subject to availability with a fee per week
  • Twin Rooms only available for two students booking together
  • 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 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.
  • All students will be given a key to their home.
  • Free WIFI facilities

 For more accommodation terms please refer to EC accommodation terms.

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