There are many housing options to consider, such as homestays, apartments (furnished or unfurnished) and private housing rentals. Each type of housing will vary in living space, costs and food service availability. 

Estimated living expenses are $3,700 per session, but will vary based on the type of housing you select, the location, and whether you share the housing cost with others.

ELI staff is happy to assist with answering general questions regarding housing but you are responsible for making your own housing arrangements.

Homestay with a Local Sacramento Family

To be truly immersed in the American way of life, we recommend a homestay.  This option provides students invaluable exposure to the culture, language and customs of a local family while providing a “home away from home.”

There are two (2) ways to select a homestay in Sacramento:

Full Service:  The homestay company pre-screens families and students, inspects each home, and provides 24 hour service and support.  Students are carefully matched with a family according to their profile. If you would like this level of support please contact:

American Family Homestays (AFH)
Contact person: Nhut Chiem   
Phone: +1 (916) 370-2155

Self-Select: Designed for students who would like more independence in choosing their homestay. Students can view photos of potential host families, rooms and homes on their own and then make a selection.  To find your homestay family today, please visit: 

Authentic American Homestays (AAH)   
Contact Person: Cameron Shahabedin
Phone: +1 (415) 497-7658          


Below are two apartment complexes that are exclusively for Sacramento State students and are fully furnished.

The Element
Phone: +1 (855) 466-5404
Includes private shuttle to campus

Upper Eastside Lofts
Phone: + 1 (916) 739-0900
Located a short walk from campus

Apartment Guide (for additional apartment rental options)

Temporary Housing

If you have not yet made your long-term housing arrangements, there are some options you may want to consider for when you first arrive in Sacramento. Places listed below are all within walking distance or a short bus ride to Sacramento State campus:

Sacramento Hostel
925 H Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: +1 (916) 443-1691

Residence Inn (by Marriott), Cal Expo
Address: 1530 Howe Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95825
Phone: +1 (916) 920-9111
(all rooms equipped with refrigerator and stovetop - special reduced pricing for extended stays) -   free breakfast and wifi daily).  

Comfort Inn Sacramento 
21 Howe Avenue, Sacramento, CA, 95826
Phone: +1 (916) 379-0400

Larkspur Landing
555 Howe Ave, Sacramento, CA 95825
Phone: +1 (916) 646-1212

Residence Inn (by Marriott), Cal Expo
Address: 1530 Howe Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95825
Phone: +1 (916) 920-9111

Bus 87 will take you to campus. Let them know you are an international student for a discounted rate.