English Language Institute


Students of the English Language Institute have several housing options. From apartments to dorms to staying with a family, students are able to stay in an environment where they are comfortable.


Homestays Arranged through OvECS

The ELI partners with OvECS to arrange homestays for students who prefer to live with a family. Homestay families are supervised by an experienced homestay coordinator. The student will pay the family a monthly fee that includes airport pickup, a private room, and two meals per day. Please note that you cannot cook your own food if you live with a family, and you must be willing to share a bathroom. Also, many families have pets, such as dogs and cats. Pets usually live in the house with the family, not outside.

Apartments in the University Area and Nearby Neighborhoods

Apartments near the university are available and reasonably inexpensive. Although students are responsible for making their own apartment leasing arrangements, the ELI Housing Assistant can help students to locate suitable apartments. Read more...

Student Residence Hall in Downtown Pittsburgh

The ELI partners with Penn Commons residence hall for students who prefer to live in a dormitory with other students. Penn Commons is located in Downtown Pittsburgh, in the middle of the historic cultural district, and a short ride to the ELI. Students will be in a suite with a shared kitchen and bathroom, but private bedroom. There is a recreation room, and Penn Commons plans many activities for its residents each semester. Students come from a variety of colleges and universities in Pittsburgh. Private, furnished rooms are reasonably priced, and leases are for a semester.

University of Pittsburgh Student Dormitories (summer only)

During the summer term (May–August), University of Pittsburgh housing usually is available in the university dormitories. A minimum stay of four weeks is required.