International students and future residents of the Reno International House, often have similar questions regarding their stay and options for housing. Below are some of them. We hope these FAQs help answer your concerns and questions.
how do i reserve a room?
Steps to obtain a housing space:
- Click on Apply to Live and submit an application (after you have reviewed our housing options and learn about the Reno International House here)
- Our membership assistant will contact you by email with available room and apartment options that match your preferences
- Once you've decided on a space, you will receive an e-membership document with house rules to review and agree to online
- After we have received that document electronically, and have countersigned it, we will send you a link to pay your security deposit and move-in fees online (if it applies to your room rate)
- Pay the initial fees (with a bank account, credit card or paypal). This will hold your space. We will then make preparations for your move-in.
How long are the lease terms?
Each house manager has different lengths they ask their residents to stay. Most houses require you to stay a minimum of one school semester (based on the University of Nevada, Reno schedule), which is approximately 5 months long
Do you require people of a certain faith to live in the Reno International House?
We are not a religious organization. While many of our volunteers come from local Jesus-oriented churches, members do not have to show interest or be involved in religious activities to live in the home. We promote a community of mutual understanding, sharing of one another's faith, and celebrating the religious and cultural diversity in our homes. We strive to have a place of inclusion, honor and respect.
Can a guest stay with me when visiting Reno?
Most of our bedrooms are designed for individual leases (or matched with another individual roommate). We allow short-term guests. Please ask us for specific guest policies for each home.
Do you offer month-to-month living options?
Living terms are 5-month, 10-month or 12-month stay for most rooms. There are sometimes month-to-month options available for a higher rate, after a term has started, if space is available. Also, some of our homestay families and volunteer-partner runned homes have their own minimum stay requirements, which may be shorter.
How are the houses kept clean?
For rooming houses, there is periodic professional deep cleaning in each home. We have strict cleaning expectations, especially of the kitchen. If a member consistently does not clean, they cannot cook, and at times, we have asked them to leave the home. In addition, each member is included in a weekly chores schedule for simple minor cleaning. Although we provide some cleaning service, and offer a schedule of cleaning chores for members to work together on, if you are expecting a constant spotless clean environment, the Reno International House may not be a suitable environment for you.
Do you have private apartments?
Yes, we have a limited number of studio, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments. Please apply early to be on the waiting list. When they become available, they are quickly filled.
Are utilities included?
All rooming house membership rates include electricity/power, gas, water, sewer, trash removal and wifi internet, with certain seasonal limits on power use. Some apartments include the utilities, and some do not. If you need to setup utilities, we can assist you in that if you need.