When you arrive in Chicago there are many options for housing and you can choose a housing option that fits your needs. As you consider housing please remember that in the USA voltage is different and the metric system is not used. All of the housing information below is provided to our students to help them in their housing search. Students should consider housing carefully to make sure it meets their needs and budget as BIR does not manage housing.

If you have questions please contact Tony Marotta at (773) 866-0111, ext. 508, or amarotta@birtraining.edu.

Homestay Accommodation

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Homestay is an opportunity to live in a home with an American host family located near your BIR location and public transportation. Your host family provides you with a bedroom, utilities, and the use of most of the space in the family home. You might also be provided with 1-2 meals per day and airport pick-up depending upon your arrangement. Homestay is a way to practice English and learn about American culture in addition to classroom.

The following two homestay placement agencies can assist in finding homestay:

American Homestay Network

  • To create your profile, go to the above link and click “Join as a Student”

  • Fill out the requested information; put “BIR Training Center” for “Education Provider”

  • You will receive a confirmation email from American Homestay Network; use the information in the email to access your profile and complete your application

  • After you submit your application the American Homestay Network will assign you a “Homestay Manager” to assist in finding a host family for you



  • Costs
    • One-time Placement Fee - $200
    • 4-week Homestay Fee - $798 - $1150 (depending upon option selected)

  • American Homestay Network Contact – Nancy Kramer,
    Managing Director for Illinois
    Phone: (773) 418-3229
    Email: nancy@homestaynetwork.com




Hostel Hostels provide dormitory-style housing. You can choose the number of people (1-11) you share a room with and a shared bathroom inside or outside of your room. Hostels might be an option if you need housing for less than 15 nights.

For example:

Chicago Getaway Hostel is located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood close to public transportation. Guests have free use of WiFi, computers, netbooks, and printing. Linens, lockers, and a self-serve kitchen, and free breakfast are also provided.
• Address: 616 W. Arlington Place,
Chicago, IL 60614
• Phone: (773) 929-5380
• Website: getawayhostel.com



Renting your own apartment gives you the option between living by yourself or with one or more roommates. You will most likely need to buy your own furniture and pay some or all of your bills (water, gas, electricity, etc.). You also need to buy your own personal items, bedding, and food if you rent an apartment.

Rent.com can help you find an apartment near BIR Training Center locations. You can search online by location rent price, bed and bathroom amount, pet preference, and wheelchair accessibility. You can download the Rent.com application for your smartphone, or search online at rent.com/illinois/chicago-apartments/2-795.
• You can search this page by entering the zip code of your preferred BIR location
(Devon – 60659, Loop – 60605, O’Hare – 60656, or Belmont – 60634)

The Apartment People can help you find an apartment in the Chicagoland area. To search online for an apartment by location, rent price, number of beds and bathrooms, and pet preference go to http://apartmentpeople.com. The Apartment People also have three office locations (Lakeview, River North, and Evanston) that you can visit.