RoLa acts as an intermediary for international professionals, researchers, and students looking for short-term housing in the Boston area, and who may have trouble finding housing through traditional means. We have a network of individuals and families whom we pair with homestay tenants based on common interests, tenant needs, and personal compatibility.


Monthly rent costs $800 - $950 depending on size of room and location, and is paid directly to the family. Utilities (heat, hot water, electricity) are included within the rent. 


All host families are required to provide:

• Private, furnished room

• Personal space in kitchen cabinets and refrigerator

• Access to stove, microwave, and laundry facilities (if available).


This is an excellent opportunity both for people coming to Boston who need temporary housing, as well as for Boston homeowners who have extra rooms and are interested in a unique cultural opportunity.


If you are interested in finding a homestay, please fill out the form below. Upon receipt, we will review and contact you for follow up questions and a Skype interview.

Please note that RoLa will collect a one-time administrative fee for successfully helping you to find a homestay.  This non-refundable fee will act as your deposit to reserve the room once you have made your decision.

1 month stay ($150) 

2 - 3 month stay ($200)

4+ month stay ($300)


If you are looking for a room through our Homestay program, please fill out our 

Homestay Application Form.


If you are a homeowner interested in hosting homestay participants, please fill out our 

Host Family Information Form.


(617) 297-7789

1798 Massachusetts Ave. #2, Cambridge, MA, USA 02140

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