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International Programs Housing

LCC international students have several choices about their preferred housing arrangements:

Rental Housing

Some students choose to live independently, or with roommates, in an apartment or a house. There are many units available within walking distance to LCC and there is bus service to campus from locations further away. Many local real estate agencies can recommend rental housing.

Students who live in rental housing pay for monthly rent, food, utilities, and other living expenses. The average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Longview is about $600 per month. Generally, renters must be 18 years or older or have an adult co-signer to sign a rental agreement or contract.

Local newspapers that advertise rental housing

Local real estate agencies

Host Families

Many students want the experience of living in an American family home. In response, LCC's Host Family Program is seeking qualified families who have a strong interest in hosting and interacting with international students. Our emphasis is on providing students and families an opportunity for cultural exchange. Many families have hosted students before and many have traveled internationally. All of our families have an interest in learning more about other cultures and in supporting students academically and socially while they are studying at LCC.

Students who live with a host family pay a stipend of $500 per month for room and board. Students are provided with a private room with a bed, place to study, storage area, and Internet/Wifi access. Utilities are included. The family often provides transportation to and from campus, and students share family meals and activities. International Programs staff will introduce students to prospective families prior to arrival.

Request a Host Family:

  • Submit the Host Family Application.
  • Pay the $200 one-time Host Family Search Fee. (See Making Payments) Includes identifying and screening a suitable host family and includes airport pick up. Fee is refundable if LCC is unable to locate a host family.
  • When a family match has been made, discuss and sign a Student and Host Family Agreement. (pending)