UPDATE: BSL is reopening for in-person classes on May 3rd!
International students are currently allowed to travel to the U.S. on an F1 Visa.
Book your Intensive Course now on an F1 Visa to discover the city with our new English Outdoors program!
We offer a variety of housing options in Brooklyn
You can choose to stay with one of our carefully selected host families in Brooklyn and immerse yourself in the language and culture of the country. Alternatively, you might prefer a Room Only option for more independence, or one of the coliving houses.
If you live in Brooklyn, have a spare bedroom, and are interested in hosting international students, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send us the homestay application form filled in.
At Brooklyn School of Languages, we recruit and visit all our host families ourselves, we do not use a third party placement agency. We choose our host families in Brooklyn carefully so we know them well (their house, their neighborhood, the family members…), which allows us to make quality placements according to our students’ profiles and needs. We want your stay in New York to be a memorable experience, so we have spent time selecting the right host families in Brooklyn, based on their levels of pastoral care.
Our host families in Brooklyn can be a couple with children, a retired couple, a single parent, or even a single person. Ethnic diversity is an important aspect of New York’s cultural identity, so some hosts may be of Asian, African, Hispanic, or Middle Eastern descent, but English is always spoken in the home. Regardless of their background and circumstances, all our host families are committed to making every student’s stay as comfortable as possible.
All of our families are based in Brooklyn, in safe and easily accessible neighborhoods, on average 35-40 minutes to Lower Manhattan on public transportation.
Students can choose to stay in a single or twin room, on a room only basis, with breakfast only, or with breakfast and dinner included. Towels and bed linen are provided. Homestays with private bathrooms are also available on request and at an extra cost.
Accommodation arrival and departure day:
Arrival day is on the Sunday before your course starts, and departure day is on Saturday after your course ends. If you do wish to add one or two extra nights on arrival or departure, we will try and arrange this with your hosts (at an extra cost).
BED & BREAKFAST AND HALF-BOARD OPTIONS
When choosing one of these options you will be able to share the host family’s lifestyle. You will be welcomed in the home like a member of the family and will experience life in New York as part of an American family.
With the Bed & Breakfast option breakfast will be included for you every morning. You will share it with the family members or, if they have a busy schedule and leave the house early, they will leave it ready for you every day. Other meals are not included, and you will not be able to cook your own meals in the home (storing food in the fridge and heating prepared meals is accepted), so it is likely you will have most of your meals out with friends or in restaurants. This option is best suited for short stays.
With the Half-Board option, you will get breakfast and dinner at home every day. You will be expected to respect the family’s mealtimes and let them know if you are not able to make it one day. Lunches are not included but there are many places to eat in Brooklyn. This option is recommended for those who want to make faster progress in English as there will be more conversation and linguistic immersion.
ROOM ONLY OPTION
You can also book one of our host families in Brooklyn on a Room Only basis. The Room Only option allows you to use the host’s kitchen facilities to cook your own meals. This gives you more independence and allows you to live life in New York like in a shared house with locals, and sometimes other students from school too. You will not be expected to share meal times and will have more freedom with your schedule, but as always you will need to respect the host’s house rules (quiet times, non-smoking, etc…)
Please note that some hosts may welcome students on a Room Only and a Bed & Breakfast/Half-Board basis at the same time.
Each of the houses includes one or more kitchens, several bathrooms, common areas, and co-working spaces allowing you plenty of room to cook, work and relax all while getting to know people from all around the world. People choosing coliving can be international students from English language schools or even New-Yorkers working locally.
We offer several coliving houses in 3 different areas in Brooklyn:
- Bushwick: an up-and-coming neighborhood in the northern part of Brooklyn between the trendy neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Bedford-Stuyvesant. This area is known for its colorful street art.
- Williamsburg: one of the most popular Brooklyn neighborhoods, known for its trendy restaurants and clubs, indie music performances, art galleries, vintage shops, flea markets, and street food vendors.
- Downtown Brooklyn: a lively area with a creative population, proximity to all transportation, easy access to Manhattan, and abundant cultural offerings and restaurants.
There are also 3 houses in Manhattan:
- Upper Manhattan/Harlem: Long known for its intimate jazz clubs, soul food institutions, and African-American heritage, Harlem draws a diverse crowd of locals and visitors. Its main artery, 125th Street, is home to the iconic Apollo Theater, as well as chain stores and restaurants.
- United Nations: The Lenox Hill area of the Upper East Side is a popular neighborhood with ideal transit links to downtown Manhattan. Second Avenue has casual spots for Mexican, Asian, and Italian food.
- Central Park North: Located near the border of the Upper West Side and Harlem in Manhattan, this shared house is close to plenty of bars, restaurants, and cafes.
Students can choose to stay in a private or shared room, on a self-catering basis. Bed linens and towels are provided. WiFi is included for free. The houses are fully furnished and decorated.
Accommodation arrival and departure day:
Arrival day is on the Sunday before your course starts, and departure day is on Saturday after your course ends. Check-in is from 10:00am – 10:00pm and Check-out is at 12:00PM (Noon).
If you would like the comfort and service offered by a hotel, we offer a range of options, all within walking distance of the outdoor classrooms for you to choose from. These include;
Union Hotel Brooklyn
611 DeGraw Street, Brooklyn, New York 11217
The smoke-free Union Hotel is nestled in amongst some of the most happening up-and-coming neighborhoods of Brooklyn including Boreum Hill, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, and the stunning Park Slope. The perfect location and convenient access to area attractions make it a great place for business and leisure travelers to the New York area.
NU Hotel Brooklyn
85 Smith Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201
This Brooklyn boutique hotel is inspired by the dynamism of Brooklyn and an urban style apartment. NU Hotel offers a modern, simple design, luxury amenities, and exceptional service at the center of four great Brooklyn neighborhoods: Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Park Slope, and Carroll Gardens.
229 Duffield Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201
A contemporary upscale boutique hotel, with plush bedding, spa-style bathrooms, hard surface flooring, and free wifi in every room.
The New York Marriot at the Brooklyn Bridge
333 Adams Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201
Located near Brooklyn Heights and the Promenade, this Brooklyn hotel is only steps to Lower Manhattan and within minutes of Wall Street, the Financial District, the Statue of Liberty, South Street Seaport, Little Italy, and Century 21 shopping.
Aloft New York
216 Duffield Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201
This hotel offers loft-inspired spaces and comfy rooms. There is also a rooftop lounge.
1 Hotel Brooklyn
60 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
This new hotel right by the Brooklyn waterfront and Brooklyn Bridge offers fantastic views of the East River and Manhattan. As well as the great location, it also has a roof-top pool and cocktail bar.
Please contact us if you would like to help you with your hotel reservation.