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Living with a family in San Diego

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Programme Summary:

  • Accommodation without courses in San Diego
  • Accommodation in host families
  • Duration: from 1 to 24 weeks
  • For ages 16 and up


Stay with a Californian host family

Are you planning to spend a short or long-term holiday in California?

Our partner in San Diego is a specialist in short and medium-term housing. It is recognised by the FIYTO (Federation of International Youth Travel Organisations) for the quality of its services. We offer a wide range of quality housing options in local families.

All our families are carefully selected, with attention given to the safety of the neighbourhoods, proximity to public transport and the quality of the accommodation.

This accommodation option allows the student to discover the region as a tourist while living with locals, or to find independent accommodation during an internship. Therefore this option is not to be confused with a language programme in the sense that we do not guarantee daily contact between the host families and the participants in the programme, they should be able to support themselves independently. Programmes run from 1 to 24 weeks.

Youths from 16 to 18

Youths that travel alone and do not wish to follow classes can choose our cultural immersion with a host family in Florida, California, New York allowing for host family accommodation and be supervised without subscribing for a language school.


San Diego is considered to be one of the most pleasant cities in the United States; it is clean, safe and fun, with a temperate climate 300 days of sun a year. The beaches of San Diego offer some of the world’s best surfing spots, and the city centre offers great opportunities to eat, drink, and shop. Just an hour away you will find the Laguna Mountains, the desert in the East and only 20 minutes to the South you will see Mexico.

San Diego has more than 86 golf courses, 1,200 tennis courses, 60 kilometres (about 40 miles) of beaches, and a water park covering almost 2,000 hectares (almost 5,000 acres). To the east, one hour from the centre, you will find the Alpine landscape of the Laguna Mountains, and two hours drive east will take you to the desert. Very few cities in the world offer such diverse surroundings. Mexico is just 20 minutes south of the city.

Host families

Families can be situated in any of the districts of San Diego.

This variety of locations allows students and tourists to discover other points of interest outside of the city.


All families have been visited by our local partner and have to meet strict requirements. They provide a warm and comfortable environment for students and tourists in their house.

Families are always located in a safe area of the city, situated close to public transport and local shops.

Emergency assistance is available 24/7.

Accommodation types

  • Standard single, with breakfast
    Private furnished bedroom in a home of a family or individual, where the guest shares all facilities with other residents. A self-served breakfast (coffee, tea or milk; bread or toast; jam, cream cheese, butter) is made available daily for the guest.

  • Double room, with breakfast
    The double rooms are reserved for those travelling as a pair. The prices listed in the table are per person. If one person leaves, the price for a single room will apply for the rest of the stay.

  • Half-board If you prefer, it is possible to arrange breakfast and dinner with your host family, either from Monday to Friday or from Monday to Sunday. Dinner times will be decided to suit both you and the family.
    You will also be receive some space in the fridge and will be allowed to make a light meal on your own such as making a salad or a sandwich in the kitchen. All other use of the kitchen must be discussed and arranged with the host family.

  • Premium Option This option allows students to stay with host families, in a single room in a house that falls into at least one of the following criteria: tastefully decorated interior, chic district, private bathroom, quick and easy access to the city centre.

Prices & Dates 2015

Dates 2015

The accommodation is booked per week, on a basis of 7 nights per week (generally from Sunday to Sunday).

Demand is very high during the peak season (June - September), so we recommend that you book at least 4 weeks in advance.

Prices include:

  • All taxes and enrolment fees
  • Accommodation with host family
  • Board as requested: half, or breakfast

Prices do not include:

  • Flights
  • Optional transfers
  • Possible insurance
  • Possible visa fees

Practical Info


  • Airport: San Diego (SAN)

  • A transfer is possible from the airport for an additional fee. However a supplement is required in any case for unaccompanied students aged under 18 years (see price table).

If you wish, we can book a return journey to San Diego for you. Please make this clear when you enrol.

If you intend to book your own flights, please wait until we have confirmed availability and dates before you do so.

Visa Information

Do you need a Visa for this programme? For more information, please consult our page Visa Information.

Do not hesitate to contact us by email or telephone if you would like further information about this.