International students are placed in homestays, where they have the best opportunity to experience the Brazilian way of life and to speak Portuguese every day. Each student has his/her own private room in a family´s home recommended by CCCI.
Prices range from US$500 to US$600 per month with breakfast included (cost in Reais: R$ 1050,00 per month). Housing with the meal plan included costs R$1.350,00 per month. Access to kitchen and laundry facilities is also included. Telephone use is to be arranged between the student and the family. Most families live near the university, within 15 minutes from campus by city bus (R$ 2,75 fare).
Please be aware that when the places for individual rooms are filled, students will be placed in double rooms.
The accommodation program is based on a first-come, first-served basis. The number of host families is limited, thus it is recommended that students apply early.
How to apply
Candidates must send the completed and signed application form (refer to http://www.puc-rio.br/ensinopesq/ccci/forms-hp.html) and the additional required documents by the PUC-Rio deadlines.
Accommodation requests will be considered only after ALL admittance documents have been received and based upon the availability of homes.
Once the student applies for the housing program, our accommodation department finds the student a host family, and this host family starts preparing everything to receive the student in the best way possible.
So as to avoid uncomfortable situations, the housing program withdraw must be done one month before the course starts, otherwise the student will have to pay for the first month of stay, even if he does not go to the home stay.
Once the student is in the home stay and decides to withdraw the housing program, he has to inform our housing department and also the host family about his left 15 days before leaving the house, otherwise a fine will be charged.
Attention: THE FIRST MONTH OF HOUSING IS TO BE PAID, EVEN IF YOU LEAVE THE HOME STAY. The student who asked for housing, must remain in the home stay during the first month of course. If the student leaves the house before the first month is finished, he still will have to pay for the first month.
Official Entrance Date
The official arrival date listed on the International Student Calendar is also the official start date to move in with host families.
Please note that students are not allowed to arrive to their host family´s residence before the official arrival date.
International students may prefer to rent an apartment near the campus. Prices are usually around US$1000 - $1200 for a one-bedroom apartment in the neighborhoods near PUC-RIO, like Ipanema and Copacabana. The same type of apartment in Gávea, the neighborhood in which the university is located, costs around US$900. The student should be prepared to give a down payment in order to guarantee the apartment. Private apartments are not usually recommended by CCCI.