International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation

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Some students choose to stay in a temporary lodging for a few days after arrival to settle in and tour around the area.
Hotels– A list of local hotels, prices and amenities is available on the New Student Orientation website. Mention you are a Webster University student, as many hotels offer discounts. Book in advance, as room availability may be in demand for the day you arrive.
On Campus Housing – Depending on availability of rooms, on campus housing is sometimes available a few days before orientation. Please contact Housing and Residential Life at for more information.
Airbnb is an online marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world – online or from a mobile phone or tablet. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 65,000 cities and 191 countries. Hosts can post available rooms, rent out entire apartments or homes, and travelers can search by location, date of travel and number of travelers. It is useful for short term accommodations that are often less expensive than traditional hotels.
Couchsurfing is another unique temporary lodging marketplace online that allows individuals to open their homes and share their lives with travelers. You can search for accommodations, connect with hosts, and confirm your stay through the Couchsurfing platform. Your temporary stay with hosts is free, but often you may be sleeping on a couch or another kind of modest setting.
NOTE: As with any online rental service (AirBnB or Couchsurfing), we recommend carefully reviewing user ratings, online reviews and referrals for your safety when traveling. Do not leave valuables or your passport in public spaces and secure your belongings when you are not present for your security. 

All freshmen (first year undergraduates) enrolled at the St. Louis main campus are required to live on campus for their first two years at Webster University. Exceptions to this requirement are granted for freshmen living with their parents within a 35-mile radius of the main campus in Webster Groves. International transfer students are also required to live on campus for their first year enrolled in classes at the main campus. After that, many students decide to move off campus into apartments. Study abroad international students (graduate and undergraduate) are required to live on campus for the duration of their study abroad experience. Please visit to apply and deposit for housing.


For graduate students, it is your responsibility to make off campus housing arrangements either before or after you arrive in Webster Groves. Contact any apartments you are interested in well in advance. Find out if they have vacant units available, fit within your price range and distance from campus. Please review the Apartment List and Local Databases on the Graduate Student Housing Resources website. Contact any apartments you are interested in well in advance. Find out if they fit within your price range and distance from campus. Detailed information is also in Before You Board: Module 3-Getting Started in St. Louis Chapter 10 Housing Off Campus.


For more information, please contact the Community Outreach and Housing Assistant in the Office of Housing and Residential Life at or 314-246-4742.
Search For Roommates
Join the International Student Association Facebook Group “Roommates/Housing/Swap and Sell” to search for roommates.
Make plans in advance! Housing availability varies depending on the time of year you are arriving, and prices vary from $500-$900 per month for rent with additional fees for utilities and deposits.