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The Cheapest Option for a Study Abroad is…a Homestay?


So what is the cheapest option for a study abroad in Los Angeles?

In this post, we will answer this question.


Ways to Stay in Los Angeles

First, let’s take a look at the different ways of staying in Los Angeles.

  • Roomshare
  • Dormitory
  • Homestay

These are the three main ways people do an extended stay in Los Angeles.

An important point to keep in mind is that if you choose to pursue a roomshare and want to see the room before you move in, you will have to begin your search once you arrive in the states. Furthermore, regarding dormitories, there are some schools that do not have dormitories.

For example, Santa Monica College does not have any dormitories.


Now for the main question.

Out of these three options, which one is the cheapest?

So, What is the Cheapest Way to Stay in Los Angeles?

As you could probably tell from the title, the overall cheapest way to stay in Los Angeles is through a homestay.

To prove it, we’ll take a look at each option and discuss the various conditions required to live in each one.


The Santa Monica and Westwood areas are popular places that serve as the location of many language schools, colleges, and universities.

The cost of renting a room in these areas can range from$1,200-$1,500

Of course, these rooms do not come with free meals, so food costs, daily necessities, and utilities can send the cost skyrocketing even higher.

And on top of that, there are also rooms that come with no furniture, meaning you will have to buy it and move it in yourself.


School dormitories in Santa Monica and Westwood can cost as much as a month.$1,560-$2,300

Meals are not included here as well, so food and daily necessity costs are not included in this estimate.

Some places also require a deposit fee and a cleaning fee.

There are of course places where two or four people can share a private room and split the costs, but it probably would be hard to have a lot of private time to yourself.


For a homestay in Los Angeles, the price is about$1,280-$1,450

With a homestay, breakfast and dinner are included each day, for a total of two meals a day.

Unlike the other options, WiFi and utilities ARE included in this estimate!

And your room is guaranteed to be a private room!


After comparing the prices of a roomshare, dormitory, and a homestay, it is clear to see that a homestay is the cheapest option.


If you’re someone for who price is the most important, depending on the timing, you can possibly find a roomshare for around $1000. And if you’re someone who values cleanliness, then you should know that most likely you’ll have to share the room with multiple other people to afford this price.

Dormitories are a similar case, in that there are places where you can share a room with up to four other people to lessen the price. However, there are dormitories that are mostly made up of Japanese people, limiting your opportunities to practice English in daily life.

When it comes to both price and forming an English environment, a homestay is overall the most price efficient and effective way for living overseas and learning English.


To learn more about homestays, please take a look here.

The Reasons Why Everyone Chooses to Do a Homestay




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