WESLI can arrange a dormitory room or a homestay for you. If you need WESLI to arrange housing for you, you should indicate this on your application. Once housing has been arranged, you must stay there for at least two months (one session) before moving.
Hamilton Place Learning Community
Hamilton Place is our apartment-style dormitory. At Hamilton Place, students share a fully furnished suite with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen and a living room. The suite includes: linens, pillows, towels, dishes, silverware, cable TV, DVD & CD player, phone service with unlimited local calls, and high speed WiFi Internet access. Students are responsible to cook their own food.
Students living in WESLI’s Learning Community are provided with an additional classroom. Equipped with a SmartTv and student desks, this classroom is staffed weekly by WESLI Learning Community Coordinator, Ryan Peterson, for homework help and additional English practice opportunities. As the Learning Community Coordinator, Ryan lives onsite and is a great resource for any academic or personal issues! Read more about his position by clicking here!
The dormitory is only one block from WESLI. There are many interesting shops, restaurants, coffee houses, and parks nearby. Students should pay the first two-month fee and a security deposit upon arrival. The fee for additional sessions should be paid at the beginning of each session. (Single bedrooms may be available, but will cost more. Please tell us if you are interested in a single room.)
Homestay With an American Family
Staying with an American family is a great opportunity to experience American culture and practice English. WESLI has been placing students in homestay families for over 30 years. Today, many WESLI homestay families have hosted students for more than 15 years. Many relationships between homestay families and students last a lifetime. When WESLI recruits new families, the Housing Coordinator screens the family and gives information and guidance to ensure the families and the students enjoy their experience.
Your American family may be a couple with or without children, or a single person. Most families live five to 10 kilometers from WESLI, about 20 to 45 minutes by bus. A bus pass allowing unlimited bus rides for 31 continuous days is not expensive. You will have a private room and food provided. The first two-month fee and a security deposit should be paid to WESLI on arrival day. Most families do not permit smoking in the house, and many don’t accept smokers at all.
WESLI will pick you up in Madison! This service is FREE for new students.
WESLI Teacher and Learning Community Coordinator, Ryan Peterson, will pick you up from the Dane County Regional Airport in Madison and take you to your dorm. If you are in a homestay, your homestay family will pick you up.
To ensure airport pick-up, please send your arrival information at least 14 days in advance. Please plan to arrive between 8am and 10pm. If your flight is delayed, or you miss a connection and can’t find a WESLI staff member at the airport, you can take a taxi. Taxis are located right outside the airport, beside the baggage claim. It will take 10-25 minutes to go by taxi, and cost $12-30.