About the Homestay
Kay's HomeStay for Women
I have two private furnished rooms available for international students for short-term housing. My home is located within walking distance to Boston College Law School (Newton Campus).
The rooms are on the third floor of my house where there is a bathroom, which you will share with only one other tenant. Kitchen privileges, Washer & Dryer available. All utilities and high speed internet included. This is a three-story, five-bedroom, two-bathroom, owner-occupied house.
I provide 'self-serve' breakfast items (coffee, orange juice, milk, cereal, bread and jams). Typically, once a week, I will cook a 'family dinner' and invite my two student-tenants to eat with me. However, most of the time, it's 'do your own thing' for meals.
For 'semester abroad' or international graduate students, visiting scholars and professors: This is the ideal HomeStay. It is safe, clean, quiet and private. Easy access to Boston College, Boston University and EF Language School. Rent rooms by semester.
For medical professionals: This HomeStay offers short-term housing with a two-week minimum and a six-month maximum stay. It is perfect for a medical student doing clinical rotations.
I have been hosting international students in my house for six years. Already 35 young women from all over the world have lived in my home. My house is clean and welcoming. It is located in Newton, a suburb of Boston, which is one of the safest cities in America.
I require a deposit in advance to reserve the room (the first 4 weeks rent), which is paid directly to me. There will also be a simple lease to sign.
For the fall academic calendar, I prefer to rent each room for the entire semester (Typically 17-18 weeks, August 20 - December 20).
For the rest of the year, it's a two-week minimum and six-month maximum stay.
The rent is $250 per week, January-July and $300 per week August-December.
After the deposit is paid and lease signed, I strongly encourage a brief FaceTime conversation.
- Non Smoking
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
My house is in Newton, Mass - a suburb of Boston. It is within walking distance to Boston College Law School (Newton Campus).
Newton is one of the safest cities in America.
The closest bus stop is '400 Centre'
Local Area Facilities
- Bus Stop
- Train station
Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals, including a full breakfast, might incur an additional cost, if offered. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.
Included in the stay
- Complimentary Light Breakfast
- Use of Kitchen
Must be at least 20 years old
No smoking anywhere on the property
No guests unless pre-arranged
No parties or events
No additional pets - host has a pet bird.
Short term housing only
For the fall, I prefer to rent for the entire academic semester, which is approximately August 20 - December 20 (17-18 weeks).
For the rest of the year, I have a two-week minimum & six-month maximum stay.
Smoking is not allowed.
Unfortunately I had to cancel my stay at Kay's house after two weeks because of the Coronavirus. Still, the short amount of time I had there was the best homestay experience I've ever had. My room (the blue one) was very comfortable and looked exactly like on the pictures. The house had everything you needed: full access to the kitchen, linens/towels, washing machine, storage roometc. Kay was also a very helpful and welcoming host - she picked me up from the airport and helped me with everything on my first days (buying a mobile phone card, grocery shopping, etc.). I also enjoyed all of the family-dinners we had together with the other roommate. I would totally recommend this homestay to anyone looking for housing in Boston/Newton and I look forward to coming back as soon as possible!
Kay is a wonderful host! She shows extensive interest in ensuring that her guests have an excellent stay while also having their own space. She is also an excellent cook- during weekly 'family dinners' every meal prepared was fresh and delicious. I would wholeheartedly recommend staying at her house to anyone looking for housing during an internship/study abroad program/residency.
How do I book?
Contact the host to check their availability and ask them any questions you have about staying with them. Once the host confirms they’re available for your dates, you can complete your booking.
When do I pay?
Once a host confirms they're available, you can go ahead and pay the 15% booking fee (maximum of 250 $£€ for longer term bookings) using a choice of payment methods: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Maestro, Laser, JCB & PayPal (not available in certain countries). You then pay your host on arrival or as stated by your host on their profile and agreed by you on booking. Please be cautious if a host requests advance payment if its not included on their profile. Our hosts have been advised that if they wish to request advance payment they must make this explicit in their profile. We do not recommend the use of Money gram or Western Union.
When can I share my contact details?
Host and Guest email address, phone number and home address will be exchanged in a confirmation email sent to both immediately after a booking is completed. It's against our policy for Guests and Hosts to exchange direct contact details via our messaging system.