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We offer local host families in Brooklyn

You can choose to stay with one of our carefully selected host families in Brooklyn on a half-board basis to share meals with them and immerse yourself in the language and culture of the country. Alternatively, you might prefer a Bed & Breakfast or Room Only option for more independence. You can read more details on each option below.

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If you live in Brooklyn, have a spare bedroom, and are interested in hosting international students, please contact us at info@englishoutdoors.org.


We recruit and visit all our host families ourselves, we do not use a third party placement agency. We choose our host families in Brooklyn carefully so we know them well (their house, their neighborhood, the family members…), which allows us to make quality placements according to our students’ profiles and needs. We want your stay in New York to be a memorable experience, so we have spent time selecting the right host families in Brooklyn, based on their levels of pastoral care.

Our host families in Brooklyn can be a couple with children, a retired couple, a single parent, or even a single person. Ethnic diversity is an important aspect of New York’s cultural identity, so some hosts may be of Asian, African, Hispanic, or Middle Eastern descent, but English is always spoken in the home. Regardless of their background and circumstances, all our host families are committed to making every student’s stay as comfortable as possible.

All of our families are based in Brooklyn, in safe and easily accessible neighborhoods, on average 35-40 minutes to Lower Manhattan on public transportation.

What’s included

Students can choose to stay in a single or twin room, on a room only basis, with breakfast only, or with breakfast and dinner included. Towels and bed linen are provided.

Accommodation arrival and departure day:

Arrival day is on the Sunday before your course starts, and departure day is on Saturday after your course ends. You can add one or two extra nights on arrival or departure, subject to availability anat an extra cost.



When choosing one of these options you will be able to share the host family’s lifestyle. You will be welcomed in the home like a member of the family and will experience life in New York as part of an American family.

With the Bed & Breakfast option breakfast will be included for you every morning. You will share it with the family members or, if they have a busy schedule and leave the house early, they will leave it ready for you every day. Other meals are not included, and you will not be able to cook your own meals in the home (storing food in the fridge and heating prepared meals is accepted), so it is likely you will have most of your meals out with friends or in restaurants. This option is best suited for short stays.

With the Half-Board option, you will get breakfast and dinner at home every day. You will be expected to respect the family’s mealtimes and let them know if you are not able to make it one day. Lunches are not included but there are many places to eat in Brooklyn. This option is recommended for those who want to make faster progress in English as there will be more conversation and linguistic immersion.

Bed & Breakfast and Half-board PDF


You can also book one of our host families in Brooklyn on a Room Only basis. The Room Only option allows you to use the host’s kitchen facilities to cook your own meals. This gives you more independence and allows you to live life in New York like in a shared house with locals, and sometimes other students from school too. You will not be expected to share meal times and will have more freedom with your schedule, but as always you will need to respect the host’s house rules (quiet times, non-smoking, etc…)

Please note that some hosts may welcome students on a Room Only and a Bed & Breakfast/Half-Board basis at the same time.

Room Only PDF