What is a homestay? 

A "homestay" is a cultural exchange in which a person visiting or temporarily staying in another country lives with a family in the host country.

Homestays involve long-term residents and should not be confused with a boarding-house or hotel experience in which a person only rents a room for a short time.
A homestay property is a non-commercialized, private residence that accommodates a family and the roommates they host, who enjoy the comfort & security of a family home.

While students pay their own expenses for room and board, the purpose of a homestay is not just to provide a place to stay- but to create an enriching learning experience for both the student and the host family.

Why host? 

Our hosts come from all backgrounds. Traditional and non-traditional families, singles, couples, retirees are now part of the homestay program. The Americana homestay network celebrates a diversity of culture and is a mix of people, ideas, and traditions.

Today, the importance of actively hosting a student to experience and learn about each other's lifestyle and culture has become the priority for both the student and ourselves in a world where we must work together GLOBALLY to ensure "our" future on this earth in a peaceful manner.

This experience is priceless and why traveling students, adults and professionals should continue to use homestays as one of their accommodation options. We're committed to providing the best experience for all and we support our hosts every step of the way.

If you are interested in Hosting a student, please contact us for more information at victorianhomestay@gmail.com.

Who we are

We are Americana Homestay, a full-service homestay company that provides accommodations to international students who want to study in NYC.

From our 15+ years of industry experience, we manage a trusted network of quality hosts who work closely with our trained team of host family experts, to offer the best homestay experiences and deliver on our commitment to the wellbeing of our students and travelers.

We work with study abroad agents, language schools, and independent students and travelers to provide  comfortable and memorable homestays that fit their budget.​

​​We believe a homestay is not just a place to live, it is home to a very important mission...global understanding & communication.