Homestay

The Homestay is the most popular housing option at DIS, and each semester, departing students rank it highest in terms of housing choice satisfaction, as it allows you to live as the locals do.

Be a Part of an Intercultural Exchange

Living in a Homestay arranged by DIS gives you direct access to the locals, as you will be matched with a host(s) in the Greater Stockholm Area who is interested in having an intercultural exchange with you.

Homestay Highlights

  • An opportunity to contribute to an intercultural exchange and engage yourself in local culture and traditions
  • Living with a host that is committed to you and your experience provides you with a support network outside of DIS
  • While you will have a home base, your hosts will respect your personal freedom to explore and be social

Who Are the Hosts?

DIS has a diversity of Homestay hosts, including families with children, single parents, couples, LGBTQ+ households, families of various ethnicities, etc. Your hosts may have young children, grown-up children, or none at all; they may be young, middle-aged, or retired. This diversity will further enrich the exchange between yourself and your host. All DIS hosts have also been visited and approved by DIS staff prior to placing you in their homes.

Student Profile

This housing option is right for you if, you are willing to:

  • Balance spending time with your hosts and hanging out with friends. You will be a real member of their household, not just a visitor
  • Live in a fully furnished house or apartment in the city or the Greater Stockholm Area
  • Commute from home to DIS using the many choices of public transportation available in Stockholm – you can use this time to do homework, take a nap, or just listen to your favorite tunes and enjoy the view. Read about Stockholm’s public transportation here
  • Have your own room or share an adequately-sized room with another DIS student
  • Share most dinners with your hosts, and make your own breakfast
  • Share a bathroom with other members of the household
  • Share cleaning responsibilities and help with household chores

What this Housing Option Provides

See what is included under this housing option by reading the Comprehensive Housing and Student Affairs Inclusions.

Application Information

You will preference your housing choices during the registration process.

As part of your housing application, you must write a letter to your potential hosts. In addition to introducing yourself to a potential host, this letter is also an important tool used to match you with the most compatible Homestay, so be as honest and detailed as possible.

Read more about the DIS Housing Placement Process