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Living with a host family is the easiest way for students to experience Costa Rican culture and practice their Spanish. Our homestays tend to be one of the main highlights of studying abroad at Veritas.

Homestay Families

Many of our homestay families have worked with Veritas for many years. New families are personally interviewed and vetted by our staff, including a home visit to ensure that the accommodations meet our standards.
We evaluate homestay accommodations based on: distance from the university, general neighborhood environment, overall appearance, cleanliness, size of the home, student accommodations, and living space. Most importantly, Veritas considers the family’s motivation for wanting to host study abroad students. All families that work with Veritas undergo different training modules throughout the year and can coordinate meetings with our onsite psychologist if any problem arises.


Students will have a private room, and breakfast and dinner are provided seven days a week. Laundry service is provided once a week. Lunch can be purchased on or near campus during the week for $5-$10. All families live within walking distance (less than 2 kilometers) from campus. Veritas also provides a free shuttle service for students with evening classes or extracurricular activities. The safety of our students is a priority.
If you wish to stay with a host family, please specify it in the application and fill out the housing form.

Logistics & homestay coordinator

Xinia Lopez

Contact Xinia Lopez, our Logistics and Homestay Coordinator at the Center for International Programs, with questions about homestay, airport pick-up, and excursions to see the country.