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:
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 »
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:
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!
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.
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.