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. There is a $50 accommodation fee to arrange WESLI housing for students.
WESLI Student Residence/Dorm
The WESLI Student Residence is located is our apartment-style dormitory at Hamilton Place. At WESLI’s Student Residence, 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, SmarTVs, cable channels, 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 Student Residence are also provided with an additional classroom for studying and class projects.
The residence is only one block from WESLI. There are many interesting shops, restaurants, coffee houses, and parks nearby. Single bedrooms may be available, but have an additional cost. 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 can pick you up in Madison! This service is an additional fee: $50 from Madison’s airport or bus stop (private pick up) or $60 from Chicago’s airport (by bus).
A WESLI staff member 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 or an Uber. 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.