Many of our residents choose to live at the I-House for at least five semesters while they attend SJSU. While we hope our residents will choose to extend their stay, we offer the option of moving out mid-year if that is a student's preference.
Since International House is open year-round, students who will live at I-House in the Fall/Spring semesters can move into I-House upon arrival in San Jose. There is no need to wait for a fixed start date and time for the contract to begin. Let us know in advance and we'll confirm that there is a room available if your arrival date is prior to the start of the contract. Students may stay during winter and summer breaks at per diem rates.
Over the course of a year, it may be less expensive to live at I-House than elsewhere. Summer/Winter rates are very low for students who live at the I-House during a regular Fall or Spring semester. Many residents gain leadership experience and earn money through work opportunities as Student Assistants at I-House in a range of positions including Semester and Summer/Winter Resident Advisors and Network Administrator/Computer Aides; Office, All-Around, Maintenance, Kitchen, Flag and Coffee Night Aides; and Receptionists.
All of the following facilities and equipment are included in room and board fees:
- Use of the computer room with state-of-the-art Mac, PC, scanner, printers, and gaming center. 100 sheets copy paper/month.
- Wireless internet access throughout the I-House
- Access to the student kitchen to prepare favorite meals and snacks at any time
- Plenty of spaces to interact with others or find time on one's own in the Dining Room, Living Room, Study Room, Computer Room, Recreation Rooms
- Pool/table tennis/foosball/air hockey and board games
- 2 pianos, drum set, and I-House guitars
- Storage rooms for luggage. Use of vacuums, irons/ironing boards, drying racks
Financial Aid Accepted
Financial aid distributed through the SJSU Financial Aid office will be paid directly to the student who is responsible for making payments to the I-House. Upon acceptance to the I-House, balanced monthly payments can be arranged. Contact the Director to set up an individualized payment plan.
Students receiving financial aid must provide copies of their award from the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office indicating that all forms have been submitted, and as processing is completed, must provide statements indicating that financial aid will be provided in amounts sufficient to contribute towards room and board fees after tuition and books have been deducted.
Student Assistant Positions
Approximately 30 residents are hired to work each semester at International House. Applications for these positions are reviewed at the beginning of the semester. Residents become employees of the SJSU Research Foundation, submit timesheets online, and receive pay checks every two weeks.
Note that many residents who live at I-House year-round work at I-House, which contributes to a year-round cost savings to live at I-House.
Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 rates
The following housing rates reflect our one semester housing contract at the International House. While most residents choose to stay semester after semester at I-House, residents are not locked into a full year contract. The meal plan (Board) is required during Fall & Spring semesters.
|Room and Program Fees||Meal Membership|
|Semester Rent (Room)||$5,510|
|Semester Meals (Board)||$2,952|
|Room and Board total||$8,462|
|Semester Student Council Activity Fee||$60|
|Semester Parking Fee for Residents (optional)||$200|
|Linen packet (optional)||$150|
|Wireless Internet Access Fees||None|
- I-House is open for housing year-round. Fall and Spring residents can move in upon arrival in San Jose. Give us advance notice of your arrival to make sure a room is available if you will arrive prior to the start of the semester contract.
- See contract for details regarding dates of meal service.
To rent linen (flat and fitted sheet, blanket, pillow and pillow case, bath towel and hand towel) from I-House for the entire semester, the cost is a non-refundable $150 rental fee. All linen is expected to be returned in good condition upon completion of use.
Academic semester payments are made in three installments:
Upon acceptance to live at International House for Fall or Spring semester, $2,820.00 Room & Board first payment is due with contract. New residents pay a refundable one-time $100.00 Room Care Deposit with their first payment.
At the commencement of the semester, the next installment of $2,820.00 is due. The final installment is due on October 1 for Fall semester, March 1 for Spring semester.
Payment plans can be arranged for payments to be made on a monthly basis. Contact the Director if you would like to set up an individualized payment plan.
I-House accepts credit cards for most payments. Once you are accepted to live at International House, we will provide you a link so that your payments can be made online using your credit card. If necessary, payments can be made via wire transfer. The information will be provided upon request; credit card payments are preferred.
All checks must be drawn on a U.S. correspondent bank in U.S. dollars and made payable to the SJSU Research Foundation.
Once in the United States, payments may be made may be made by credit card, by personal check or cashier's check from a local bank, or by traveler's checks.
Parking rate per semester is $200.00 for residents and $300.00 for non-residents (subject to availability).
Spaces in the I-House parking lots are assigned as parking fees are paid. Residents may choose a preferred parking space based on availability. Space permitting, parking is made available to non-residents.
Before making your payment, please be aware of our cancellation and refund policies:
Cancellations for Fall and Spring Semester Residents
Once accepted to stay at International House and up to the cancellation deadline date, a $100 non-refundable reservation fee + 7% of total refund will be charged upon cancellation of contract. The license of an incoming student may be cancelled without further penalty 60 days prior to the official Fall or Spring semester move-in date. The financial penalties for voiding a signed license without meeting the 60 day deadline are as follows: after the deadline and up to 46 days prior to the move-in date, $2,820 + Room Care Deposit will be forfeited; 45 days prior to move-in date and thereafter, no refunds will be given on a broken contract and contractual obligations must be fulfilled.
For Summer/Winter Residents
Once accepted to stay at International House and up to 14 days prior to the move-in date, a $100 non-refundable reservation fee + 7% of total refund will be charged upon notification of cancellation. Less than 14 days prior to move-in, or once a resident has moved in to the International House, no refunds will be provided. Please note that for International Music Competition participants, no refunds will be provided.
For Parking Fees
Requests for cancellation of reserved parking will be reviewed at the discretion of the Director. Refunds may be pro-rated, and a 7% cancellation charge will be levied in addition to funds owed.
Meal Plan Option
The license to occupy the International House includes food service in addition to housing for all residents during the Fall and Spring semesters.
Meal Plan during Commercial Kitchen Renovation: The International House is renovating the commercial kitchen. During the I-House kitchen remodel project and as we await a return to normalcy during the worldwide health crisis, the I-House will offer food service meal plan options through Campus Dining:
The Spartan Plus meal plan, which includes $550 Dining Dollars, valid at all dining locations on campus, 15 entries/Monday-Friday into The Commons, 8 guest meals
Chefs onsite at I-House
We look forward to having professional Chefs return to cook in the newly remodelled I-House kitchen to offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday - Thursday; Brunch and Dinner on Fridays. Brunch or continental breakfast may be available on Saturdays & Sundays. Meals will be served in the I-House Dining Room. In addition, limited Dining Dollars and entries into The Commons on campus will be included in the meal plan.
Special Dietary Needs
Special dietary needs including vegetarian, vegan, and halal will be accommodated wherever possible. Please note that no reduction of food service fees will be permitted for dietary or related concerns.
Residents prepare their own meals in the student kitchen or on the patio bbq during the Summer and Winter vacations. Residents often cook and eat together.
Summer Housing Rates
Year-round residents pay $25.00/night for double rooms, not including linen (sheets, blankets, towels). Many residents who live at I-House year-round are hired as Student Assistants and work at I-House towards a significant reduction in summer/winter rent. Many earn their full summer/winter fees, which contributes to a year-round cost savings to live at I-House.
Individuals who live at I-House during the summer only and who stay for 21+ days:
$35.00/night for double rooms without linen.
To rent linen (flat and fitted sheet, blanket, pillow and pillow case, bath towel and hand towel), the cost is a non-refundable $150 rental fee. All linen is expected to be returned in good condition upon completion of use.
The cost for a short-term stay less than 21 days, if approved by the Director, is $40/night for a double room without linen.
For conference groups, please contact I-House to make arrangements regarding availability and rates.