• Housing

  • There are two housing options listed below, let us know if we can help you get started!

    ANDEO (Host Families)

    Students have the opportunity to live with host families that are arranged through a local non-profit organization called ANDEO. A homestay is a unique opportunity to practice English, learn about U.S. culture and family life and share your own culture. All ANDEO homestays include:

    • Airport pickup from Portland International Airport (PDX)
    • A carefully screened family that is ready to welcome you into their home and include you in their daily lives
    • A comfortable room with access to a study area
    • All meals (self-serve breakfast and lunch, dinner with family)
    • Easy access to public transportation. The average bus commute is 30 to 45 minutes
    • Information about your host family prior to departure
    • Orientation materials
    • ANDEO staff members who are always available to help you make the most of your homestay experience
    • Cost Per Term: $2,475 Placement Fee: $400 (non-refundable)

    To apply for a homestay, please contact ANDEO after you are accepted to MHCC and at least 45 days prior to your arrival. You must be at least 18 years old to participate in a homestay program. For more information about ANDEO homestays, visit https://sites.google.com/andeo.info/long-term-students or contact ANDEO at 503-274-1776 or info@andeo.org.

    Apartments for Rent

    There are many apartment buildings near campus and in the Gresham community on the local bus line. There are many ways to find an apartment:

    • Search online at websites like “For Rent” or “Apartment Guide”
    • Check the Housing bulletin board in the Student Union on campus
    • Ask other students
    • Check the local newspaper: Gresham Outlook or the Oregonian, select rentals

    Room rental costs range from $400 per month to $800 depending on location and amenities. Apartment rentals can range from $700 to $1,100, again depending on location and amenities. In addition to the monthly rental fee, a student must also consider the additional costs of renting an apartment. Some apartments will require you to pay for your own electricity, water and sewer bills. Also, most apartments are unfurnished so you must figure the cost of obtaining furniture and household items into the initial cost of your apartment.

    Once you have found a suitable apartment be sure to do the following:

    • Be prepared to pay an application fee for a non-refundable credit check.
    • Read the rental agreement and do not sign it if there is something you do not understand.
    • Find out how much the security deposit is.
    • Find out how much the monthly rent will be and when it is due.
    • Is there a grace period if you do not have the rent money on the exact day? Are there penalties?
    • Will you have to pay for your own water and sewer or is it included in the rent?
    • Will you have to pay your own electricity?
    • What about garbage pick-up?
    • Are there any other monthly charges?
    • When you move in, be sure to inspect each room carefully. Write down anything that needs repair. They should give you a checklist for this. Be sure to get a signed copy of the checklist.
    • When you pay the rent, pay by check. If you pay in cash, be sure to get a receipt.