Chemeketa Students

Arrival Information

Chemeketa Community College offers official Arrival Dates where students can be picked up from the airport and treated to a local tour. This will be a great opportunity for you to get to know the Salem area, other students, and the International Programs staff. As a new international student you are required to attend the International Student Orientation for the term you are joining us. During the official arrival dates, you will receive the following services:

  1. • Free airport pickup
  2. • Homestay orientation and placement
  3. • Apartment, banking, and cell phone resources advise
  4. • Events to get to know other new students.

During the arrival period we will also help you either move into your homestay or assist you with renting an apartment. If you are arriving on a different day than is outside our official Arrival Dates, you will be responsible for your own transportation arrangements from Portland International Airport to Salem. Hut Shuttle Services is recommended for your convenience, please book the shuttle before you arrive in Portland International Airport. This will be your easiest transportation from Portland International Airport to Salem.

Usually, the shuttle will drop you off at Salem Red Lion Hotel. At the Red Lion Hotel, you can book a room to stay or call the Salem local taxi to take you to another hotel or to another destination of your choice. Here is the link for the Willamette Valley Yellow Cab Taxi »

If you have not done so yet, please remember to complete your Arrival Information form »

Housing Information

We are so excited that you will be at Chemeketa soon! But before arriving, you will want to arrange for housing. Keep in mind that Chemeketa does not offer on campus housing, however we have three options you may want to decide between:

1. Homestay

We encourage you as an international student to apply for homestay for the first term as an international student. It is one of the quickest ways for you to improve your English language skills because you will have a family that is always available to talk to you; as well as help you get to know the area. Our host families live all over the Salem-Keizer area and all live near a bus stop so that you can have easy transportation to the college. Homestay forms are available to you here »

Option #1: Basic Homestay. This Homestay Program costs $400 per month and does not include all meals; only one meal per week is included. Students cook all meals on their own.

Option #2: Homestay Plus. This Homestay Program is limited and costs $550 per month. It provides ALL meals for the student. There are only a few families available and they go quickly so apply early if you would rather have your host family prepare the meals!

  • • Both homestay options include all utilities and the internet.
  • • Both homestay options include a private bedroom with a bed and linens, desk, lamp, and shelves or drawers.
  • • You will most likely need to ride the bus to Chemeketa Community College; your family will help you understand the bus system and will ride with you the first time you take the bus.
  • • Once you are placed in a homestay we expect you to stay for the first term unless there are major problems. After the first term you may choose a different housing option if you would like.
  • • You will pay the first months’ rent at the Homestay Reception, and every month after on the same day.
  • • You will also need to bring a $200 deposit to give to your homestay family upon Homestay placement.
  • * You should apply for homestay as soon as possible as we only have a limited number of families available and we cannot guarantee a homestay family placement.

2. Temporary Housing

If you plan on moving into an apartment once you arrive, the process can take one or two weeks to complete. Therefore, students often choose to arrange a temporary homestay family while they finish securing their apartment, although some do choose to stay with friends in the area or at a local hotel which are also good options. If you wish to use our Temporary Housing Service please plan to arrive on the specified arrival dates and fill out the forms online.

  • • Our Temporary Housing costs $250 total and lasts for two weeks.
  • • It includes the meals for the first three days only.
  • • After the first three days students will prepare their own meals.
  • • All temporary housing includes all utilities and beds with linens.
  • • Temporary housing is not available for more than two weeks.

3. Rooms for Rent, and Roommates

Some students prefer to live in an apartment rather than a homestay. This can be especially true for students who prefer a more independent lifestyle, who have already spent some time in the United States, or students coming with their family. Some students may wish to have a roommate for social or economic reasons, please keep in mind that we do not find or match roommates for you. In order to find an apartment to rent, we recommend that you use one of the following websites:



Through these websites you can search for apartments in Salem and/or close to campus that meet your specific needs.

* If you are interested in looking for a hotel in Salem for a short time, click here »
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