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International Gateways students are responsible for arranging their own housing. Start your housing search early to find the right place for you!

For general housing questions, contact the Housing Liaison at igateways-housing@sjsu.edu 


Your Housing Options

Where do you want to live? (Be sure to follow the application instructions for each housing option and note the deadline dates.)

  • Campus Village Apartments Building B (CVB) – On-campus dormitory open year-round. http://www.housing.sjsu.edu
    • Click here for instructions on how to apply.
  • International House (I-House) – A dormitory close to campus for American and International students who wish to live in a multicultural setting. http://www.sjsu.edu/ihouse
  • Homestay – International Student Placements places students in homes of local residents. http://www.isphomestays.com
  Campus Village SJSU's International House Homestays
  Campus Village iHouse Homestays


“I liked it because I could find many friends who are native speakers.”
– former Campus Village Resident

“I like living in the International House. There are many opportunities to make friends.” – former I-house Resident

“I like living in a homestay. They are really kind and help me whenever I need some help.” – former homestay student

Application Process

Applying for Housing

I-House Website

ISP Homestay Website

Contract Requirement

for an academic year

for one full semester


# of Students

2000 students

70 students (including 20 U.S.)

1-2 per household

Distance from Classroom

10 minute walk

15 minute walk

5-7 miles from campus

Cultural Diversity

representative of SJSU’s diverse student body,
but not internationally focused


focuses on creating an international community with weekly student activities

specifically designed for international students


shared apartments with double or single bedrooms

shared double rooms

single rooms



Includes breakfast & dinner






Bathrooms shared shared shared





Other facilities

internet access, computer lab, laundry facility, game room, living room

internet access, computer lab, laundry facility, recreational lounges, storage area

internet access, laundry facilities, and family atmosphere


  • Individual Rooms for Rent – Local residents rent rooms in their homes of local residents. Contact the Housing Liaison for current listings.
  • Off-Campus Apartments – On-line websites are helpful in locating rentals. NEVER send money ahead of time to reserve an apartment or room!
  • Hotels – If you plan to look for a place to live after your arrival in San José and need a place to stay, a list of local hotels is found at: http://www.sanjose.org/plan-a-visit/events. Online reservations often give special rates but ask about discounts for SJSU students. 


Please arrange your airport pick-up service before you leave home. Learn more about Airport Arrival Services to San José State University

Additional Helpful Resources

Websites for help in renting an apartment or room:

  • SJSU International Students Housing Search Facebook Group: This group was created to connect incoming international students with each other and to share housing resources and advice for your housing search.

    Incoming international students must first fill out this Google form in order to be added to the group.
  • 10 English Phrases for Renting and Apartment 

Websites to order linen packages (dormitory beds require extra- long sheets):

Disclaimer: All information regarding off-campus housing should be assessed carefully before making any legal commitments. Any references made from San José State University, its sub-departments and the International Gateways program web page do not constitute any type of legal obligation by the university, including faculty, staff and students.

San José State University, San José State University Research Foundation and all programs associated with these do not constitute legal authority nor do they provide any type of legal advice. All off-campus housing information posted on this page is done so for informational purposes only and the university takes no responsibility for any legal contracts or agreements made. All issues resulting or pertaining within student housing are the sole responsibility of the tenant(s) and the landlord.