Home Stay

An exciting component of our Cultural Immersion in Mexico City program is the opportunity to stay with a Mexican family in their home. Hotel stays are a part of other programs, not this Cultural Immersion program. You will be introduced to your home stay family upon your arrival, will spend most nights with your family, sharing their breakfast and late evening light supper, as is typical local practice. This experience supports your true immersion into the lifestyle of a Mexican family. It is, of course, the very best way to advance your capacity to speak and communicate in Spanish. This experience is designed to engage you in a different culture, a different lifestyle, different foods and conversations, different class levels, and a different world view.

You may or may not have a roommate in your home stay, but we do not accept requests for roommates. The application includes a questionnaire about yourself to help the Mexico City campus staff match you with your host family. Please complete and respond carefully. Host families have been associated with the university and have been carefully vetted by university staff. As with all immersion components, a part of living with a Mexican family is to challenge your comfort zone, creating learning opportunities for you as a global citizen nurtured by a life of self-examination and reflection.

Home stay locations are within reasonable walking distance to the Alliant Mexico City campus, and most are in the Colonia Roma neighborhood of Mexico City, just south of the Zona Rosa. The Colonia Roma is a neighborhood with lovely homes built in the beginning of the twentieth century.

About Colonia Roma

The Roma area originated in the colonial era with the establishment of the Romita Hacienda, a small chapel surrounded by narrow alleyways and a beautiful little plaza. The area started to develop in the time of Porfirio Diaz. Around that time, the growing middle and upper-class started to leave the center of the city, creating different areas (or districts) around it, called “Colonias”, taking the names from the first European populations in America.  

With the passing years, wealthy families began to build French-styled mansions in the area. Examples remain to this day, such as the Lamm House (today an important cultural center), the Rio de Janeiro building, the Balmori apartments, and many buildings designated by the National Institute of Fine Arts to be of cultural significance.

The area, which sustained significant damage in the 1985 earthquake, is experiencing a regeneration that is slowly recovering the old buildings, conserving its architectural characteristics, but giving them a new function as apartments, coffee houses, galleries and shops specialized in design and fashion.