Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some frequently asked questions which may help you to solve some of your queries too. Please do not hesitate to email us about any of your queries not listed here.
- I have applied to live at I-House. When will I learn if I have been accepted to live
at the I-House?
You will learn within two to three weeks of applying if you have been accepted to stay at I-House. Please make sure that you answer all of the essay questions thoroughly such as providing information on your hobbies and interests, why you would like to live in the I-House, and what your perception is of the U.S. We are not concerned with the level of your English skills; we only seek to learn about you.
- How are roommates selected?
Roommates are selected by the staff on the basis of the essays written by applicants. We try hard to match roommates according to compatible interests and habits.
- Will I meet Americans if I live at I-House? 20-25% of the residents of I-House were born and raised in the U.S. Living at I-House is one of the best opportunities you will have as a student to meet Americans from the U.S. Not only do you meet them, you are living together under the same roof and you have opportunities to learn deeply about the customs and cultures
- Does everyone living at I-House have strong written and spoken English language skills?Many residents are quite fluent in English, while others are just beginning to learn the language and speak almost no English. We welcome residents of all English-language levels, and encourage non-English speakers to participate in all activities to practice English and improve their listening and speaking abilities.
- What about meals/food?
During Fall and Spring semester, the cost of the meal plan is included in the room and board fees. For detailed info, read meal plan and pricing options on the Costs page. In addition to have meal service at the House with a chef preparing meals onsite, we have a student kitchen in which residents can prepare their own food at any time of day or night.
- When are work positions filled at I-House so that I can apply to work towards a reduction
in my rent?
A grant-in-aid work application can be filled out when you arrive at I-House at the beginning of the semester. Positions will be filled during the first week of the school semester. Newly arrived residents are eligible to apply for all GIA positions. Residents who are hired must complete hiring documentation through the SJSU Research Foundation Human Resources department prior to commencing work at I-House.
- What do I need to bring with me to I-House? I-House bedrooms are fully furnished. They include wooden bed frame, mattress, desk, chair, bookshelf, dresser, and walk-in closet. If you need anything else, you are free to bring it along. Please note that cooking and re-heating food in the bedrooms are strictly prohibited.
- Can I get a single room?
Single rooms are filled on a seniority basis according to the length of time residents have lived at I-House. New residents are not eligible for single rooms. Most of our residents have never shared a room prior to living at I-House, and in almost all cases, people find it to be a very positive experience. In fact, in many cases, when residents do have the seniority to get single rooms, many choose not to do so because they prefer to stay with their roommate.
- Is there any restriction on entering the House for residents? Any kind of curfew time?
I-House is open for residents around the clock. All residents have their own house key as well as room key. There is no curfew.
- What are the quiet hours?
Quiet hours are set at the International House, and all residents and their guests are expected to respect these and other rules. Quiet hours are 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. the following morning Sunday through Thursday, and 12 p.m. to 10 a.m. the following morning on Fridays and Saturdays.
- Are guests allowed?
There is no curfew at the International House; residents may come and go as they wish and are allowed guests at any time. Guests must be accompanied at all times by a resident.
- What is the alcohol policy at I-House?
According to U.S. Federal Law, residents must be 21 years of age and over and in the company of people who are 21 years of age and over in order to drink alcohol at the International House. Non-residents are not permitted to drink alcohol at I-House.
- Do I need a heater/fan/lamp?
No. All the bedrooms are equipped with a central heating system, ceiling fan and lamps. If you require table lamps, you can check them out from the office.
- Can I bring my pets?
No pets of any kind are allowed in the I-House.
- Can I bring my musical instrument along with me?
You are welcome to bring your instruments. Most instruments can be played in the recreational rooms. We do have two pianos including a grand piano in the living room, and an upright in the recreation room, which you are welcome to play. We also have a drum set in the recreation room.