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Homestay in Santa Barbara, California

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Why choose Homestay in Santa Barbara?

  • Ages 18 and up
  • From 1 week
  • Iconic California seaside town


Santa Barbara

Once nicknamed 'California's best-kept secret', Santa Barbara is now synonymous with the highlights that made it so famous: golden curved beaches, breathtaking views and year-round sunshine - with palm trees swaying in the breeze.

Santa Barbara's iconic white stucco buildings with their colourful tiled roofs line the streets of this lively town, whose shopping, dining and entertainment options have as much to offer as its stunning natural surroundings.



Single room and breakfast

Each host family has been interviewed, screened, vetted, and background checked to ensure the highest quality standards.

Homes are selected based on safety of neighborhoods, proximity to public transportation, and cleanliness.

Optional Extras

  • Half board (Monday to Friday or Monday to Sunday)
  • Premium: tastefully furnished single room, upscale neighbourhood, private bathroom and quick and easy access to the city centre.

Practical Information:

  • Bedlinens/towels provided
  • Laundry: Not all households own a washing machine. Some of our host families may do their laundry at a nearby laundromat. Usually, host families with a washing machine at home will let you use it for your laundry.

Dates & Prices 2016

Dates 2016

Start dates: Every weekend, year-round.

Homestays are booked on a weekly basis, based on 7 nights per week.

This is a popular programme in the peak season (June-September). We recommend booking at least 4 weeks in advance to avoid disappointment.

Programme prices -

All taxes and enrolment fees included

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Standard homestay - Breakfast included
DurationSingle roomShared room*
1 week$565$500
2 weeks$845$720
3 weeks$1,125$970
4 weeks$1,440$1,190
12 weeks$3,690$3,040
24 weeks$7,065$5,815
Premium homestay - per week$200
Half-board (Monday to Friday) - per week$65
Half-board (Monday to Sunday) - Per week$90
Peak season (15/06-15/09)$115
Under 18's - per week$25
Transfer from Santa Barbara airport (one way)$160
Last minute booking*$100
*For all bookings and payments made less than 15 days before departure

Prices include:

  • Your chosen homestay
  • Single room, shared bathroom, breakfast
  • All taxes and administrative fees

Prices do not include:

  • Travel to Santa Barbara
  • Transfers on arrival and departure
  • Optional extras
  • Midday and evening meals
  • Transport in and around Santa Barbara
  • Visa fees
  • Insurance

Practical Information

Getting There

Arrivals: Sunday

Departures: Sunday

Check-in: after 3:00 p.m.

Check-out: before 11 a.m.

  • Arrival airport:

  • Los Angeles International, LAX

Airport transfers available on request (fees apply, see price list)

Please note: Do not make travel arrangements until we have confirmed your enrolment in your chosen course.

Visa Information

You might need a visa for this course. For more information please visit our Visa Information page.

EU citizens do not require a visa for stays in the United States under 90 days. However, EU nationals do require an ESTA Travel Authorization.

Do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email if you require any additional information.