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Housing

The Student Affairs Department provides students with resources and useful information to make the process of finding housing easier. Although VIU does not currently offer an on-campus housing option, we will happily assist you with locating reasonable and affordable off-campus housing in the surrounding communities.

Overview

American Homestay Network is designed to promote a deep, personal cultural exchange between the host families and the international students. Students can stay with host family for several weeks up to several school years. Some of the benefits for both student and the host are:

  • Offers more flexibility
  • Better cultural immersion
  • More support
  • Increased safety

To learn more about the benefits of staying with American Homestay Network, please visit: https://www.homestaynetwork.com/about-us/why-homestay/

Process

Students who are interested in staying with a host family must complete the following steps:

  1. Complete an extensive protocol.
  2. Pay a one-time matching fee of $300.00
  3. American Homestay Network matches the student with a family. American Homestay generates an invoice and provides the student with information about the host family.
  4. Students can request host family to provide transportation to and from school but this would be at an additional cost.

Sign-up

To sign up with American Homestay Network, please visit this link: https://www.homestaynetwork.com/

For students who prefer to rent an apartment, it can be done individually or as a group. Please remember that you will be renting the apartment independently and you will sign a lease directly with the property owner. Remember that the lease is a legally binding document. VIU will not be involved in this process in any way.

Most apartments will rent to you if you submit a copy of your passport, I-20, and U.S. bank account information or some type of income proof (this can be sponsorship from your country). Some apartments may also ask you to pay an additional one-month’ worth of rent as deposit. Some extra fees may be required to process an application at an apartment. Fees and documents will vary from company to company. Please bear in mind that not all apartment complexes will rent to F-1 visa holders. They may require sponsorship from US Citizen or Permanent Resident who has a good credit history.

  • Rental Rate: $1,200-$2,000 per month (varies greatly)
  • Security Deposit: Almost always required
  • Distance from VIU: Varies
  • Bus Access: depends on location

Apartments Near VIU

Below is a list of apartments near VIU. When you rent an apartment individually, it is up to you to determine what apartment is best for you. VIU does not endorse one apartment complex over another one.

Remember, most apartments are not furnished, and you have to pay utilities (electric, gas, water and trash) along with your monthly rental expense. If you want cable or Wi-Fi, you would also have to pay monthly for this. These items are usually not included in the rent.

Avalon Apartment
http://www.avaloncommunities.com/virginia
1.7 miles (5 minutes driving; 35 minutes walking from VIU)

 Bell Fair Oaks Apartment
http://www.bellapartmentliving.com/va/fairfax/bell-fair-oaks/
1.8 miles (6 minutes driving; 37 minutes walking from VIU)

Edge Apartments
http://www.edgeatfairfaxcorner.com/
1.0 miles (3 minutes driving; 7 minutes walking from VIU)

Ellipse Apartments
http://www.ellipsefairfaxcorner.com/
0.6 miles (2 minutes driving; 8 minutes walking from VIU)

Fairchase Apartments
http://www.equityapartments.com/northern-virginia/fairfax-corner/fairchase-apartments
1.2 miles (3 minutes driving; 24 minutes walking from VIU)

Lincoln at Fair Oaks Apartments
http://www.lincolnatfairoaks.com/
1.8 miles (4 minutes driving; 32 minutes walking from VIU)

Ridgewood Windsor Apartments
http://www.ridgewoodbywindsor.com/
.5 miles (2 minutes driving; 10 minutes walking from VIU)

The Court at Fair Oaks Apartments
https://www.homeproperties.com/virginia/fairfax-apartments/the-courts-at-fair-oaks
1.7 miles (4 minutes driving; 26 minutes walking from VIU)

The Reserve at Fairfax Corner Apartments
http://www.equityapartments.com/northern-virginia/fairfax-corner/the-reserve-at-fairfax-corner-apartments
0.8 miles (3 minutes driving; 15 minutes walking from VIU)

Wheelhouse Apartments
http://wheelhousefairoaks.com/
1.7 miles (6 minutes driving; 35 minutes walking from VIU)
Apartment rental information is also available upon request from the Office of Student Affairs.

Helpful Websites
Below are various websites that you may explore when looking for apartment options in the local community.

Virginia International University is not responsible for any problems or circumstances that you may face when renting properties listed from above websites.

A good link for both first-time and experienced renters is Rent Lingo. The site addresses questions regarding how to sublease a rental, how cosigning works, how to deal with noisy neighbors, and what to look for and ask during an apartment tour.

We understand some students may need temporary accommodation while looking for a long-term place to live. VIU has partnered with local hotels to offer special rates to students and their visiting families and friends.

Below are hotels located less than a mile away from the university and they offer fully furnished rooms equipped with refrigerators and cooking supplies, free high-speed Internet, free parking, and business and fitness centers.

Please mention Virginia International University when booking a room to receive the special rates!

Comfort Inn University Center
11180 Fairfax Boulevard, Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: (703) 591-5900
Fax: (703) 591-3507
Distance from VIU: 0.5-1.3 miles
Special Services & Amenities: Free hot deluxe breakfast, kitchenette, indoor heated pool, game room, shuttle services
Room Rate: $72.00 per night
Room Rate 15+ nights: $69.00 per night
How to make a reservation online.

Holiday Inn Express-Fairfax
1037 Fairfax Boulevard, Fairfax, VA  22030
Phone: (703) 359-2888
Fax: (703) 385-9186
Distance from VIU: 2.69 miles
Special Services & Amenities: Free parking, hot breakfast bar, on-site fitness center, WiFi throughout the hotel
Rate: $79.99 per night
Click here to make a reservation online.

Candlewood Suites Washington-Fairfax
11400 Random Hills Road, Fairfax, VA  22030
Phone: (703) 359-4490
Fax: (703) 359-4492
Distance from VIU: 0.8-1.0 miles
Special Services & Amenities: Fully equipped and renovated kitchens, free laundry
How to make a reservation.

Room Type 1-6 Nights 7-29 Nights 30+ Nights
Studio $89.00 $79.00 $60.00
Note:

  • Rates do not include 12% tax
  • After 30 consecutive nights, rate is exempt of County Taxes/after 90, exempt all taxes
  • All rates are subject to change without notice. Please inform a hotel if you would like to check in after 6 PM.

Extended Stay America Washington DC – Fairfax Fair Oaks
12104 Monument Drive, Fairfax, VA  22033
Phone: (703) 273-3444
Distance from VIU: 1.6 miles

Special Services & Amenities: Fully equipped kitchen with refrigerator, stovetop, microwave, coffee maker, cooking utensils, dishes, and cutlery, wireless internet access available in all rooms, on-premise coin-operated laundry facility open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, free grab-and-go breakfast, and pet-friendly rooms available.
Rates: All rates below are based on single room unless otherwise designated.
For stays of 1-6 consecutive nights: $82/night plus tax
For stays of 7-29 consecutive nights: $64/night plus tax
For stays of 30+ consecutive nights: $49/night plus tax
For 30+ night stays/doubles: $59/night plus tax

To make reservations and get the VIU discount do the following:

  • Go to http://www.extendedstayamerica.com/
  • Put in Fairfax, VA (at location) and the dates you will need the hotel
  • Under special rates click on “Corporate”
  • The code to put in is: EAVIU

Extended Stay America Washington DC-Fairfax
3997 Fair Ridge Drive, Fairfax, VA  22033
Phone: (703) 267-6770
Distance from VIU: 2.7 miles

Special Services & Amenities: Fully equipped kitchen with refrigerator, stovetop, microwave, coffee maker, cooking utensils, dishes, and cutlery, wireless internet access available in all rooms, on-premise coin-operated laundry facility open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, free grab-and-go breakfast, and pet-friendly rooms available.
Rates: All rates below are based on single room unless otherwise designated.
For stays of 1-6 consecutive nights: $85/night plus tax
For stays of 7-29 consecutive nights: $68/night plus tax
For stays of 30+ consecutive nights plus tax
For 30+ night stays/doubles: $67/night plus tax
To make reservations and get the VIU discount do the following:

  • Go to http://www.extendedstayamerica.com/
  • Put in Fairfax, VA (at location) and the dates you will need the hotel
  • Under special rates click on “Corporate”
  • The code to put in is: EAVIU