EC Boston: Standard Homestay

EC Boston: Standard Homestay

All families are English speaking and eager to share all of Boston’s cultural and traditional aspects with international visitors.

Description of Local Area

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the US and is also known as ‘America’s Walking City’ with quaint neighbourhoods and most desirable locations. Bostonians come from all over the US and the rest of the world but all of them are American and call Boston home. Our host families reflect this diversity and include single people, couples, parents with children, and single-parent families.

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. There is no typical homestay in Boston. Some homes are single standing homes, apartments or multifamily homes.

Students are placed in a single or twin room. Each room is furnished with a bed, desk, closet and waste paper basket. It is important that rooms and living areas are kept neat and tidy. Students also have access to a shared bathroom.

Bed linen and towels are provided by the host family. In general, students can use the laundry facilities though number of washes per week remains at the discretion of the family, for example a specific laundry day. Internet access is available and telephone access is restricted to incoming calls only.

Accommodation Includes

Type of Room
Single / Twin
Board Status
Half Board (Breakfast and Evening meal)

Emergency Number

+1 202 909 5873


Throughout the year

Journey to school

Our homestays are typically 45 minutes to 1 hour from the EC Boston Center in Faneuil Hall. Students utilize public transportation- train, subway, and/or bus to get to school. The closest T stations to the school are Park Street, Downtown Crossing, or South Station (Red Line), Haymarket or State (Orange Line), Aquarium, or State (Blue Line), and Haymarket (Green Line).

Arrival and departure

Host Family Locations

Our host families are located all over the Greater Boston area. Every homestay is visited and approved by an EC Boston staff member. EC Boston strives to place students in the safest and most convenient areas of Boston as possible. To the Northeast, we have families in East Boston, Revere, Winthrop, Swampscott, Malden, Medford, Everett, Saugus, Somerville, Cambridge, and Chelsea. South or West of Boston, we have host families in Brookline, Newton, Quincy, Wellesley, West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, and the Ashmont neighborhood of Dorchester.

Weekly unlimited bus and subway pass: $19
Monthly unlimited bus and subway pass: $75
Monthly local bus pass: $50
Monthly Express bus pass: $115-$168
Commuter Train pass: price depends on the station’s zone.
Check fares and passes or your host family profile for up to date rates.


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