Housing for International Students

San Jose State University offers many housing options for students, ranging from dormitories to apartment-style living and communal housing. See below for both on-campus and off-campus living arrangements. 

Please note that first-time freshmen are required to live on-campus. Learn more about the freshman on-campus housing requirement.

International House


A large, comfortable home located near campus, the International House (I-House) is a residence for 70 U.S. and international students attending San José State. At I-House, residents find friends, study partners, and mentors in addition to opportunities for leadership, group activities, and travel.

*Meets freshman on-campus requirement

Off-Campus Housing

Off-Campus Housing

Finding housing in the Bay Area can be challenging. Be mindful when looking for a place to live off-campus - take steps to avoid scams and unsafe situations.  


Get the full study abroad experience by living with an American family and immersing yourself in American culture. International Student Placements (ISP) is a full-service organization that places students in local residents’ homes.

University Housing

On-Campus Housing

Housing for freshmen, transfer and graduate students on the SJSU campus. Housing options range from dormitories to apartment-style living.

*Meets freshman on-campus requirement

Take a tour of campus housing with

international students.

Temporary Housing

On-Campus Housing

If you plan to look for a place to live after your arrival in San Jose and need a place to stay,

Airbnb is a popular site for temporary stays.
You can also find a list of local hotels here.


Explore all of the housing options available for SJSU students

Housing FAQ Video


Need Help? Have Questions?

Contact the Housing and International Student Services Specialist at international-student-housing@sjsu.edu


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 International Students and Scholars Services web page do not constitute any type of legal obligation by the university, including faculty, staff, and students. 

San José State University does not constitute legal authority nor does it 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 from or pertaining to student housing are the sole responsibility of the tenant(s) and the landlord.