Help Our Students Travel (HOST)

As part of a long-standing UW School of Medicine Alumni Association tradition, alumni across the country invite students to be guests in their homes during residency interviews, conferences and other short-term medical-school-related travel. The program not only saves students money, but also offers students and alumni the opportunity to share medical-school stories.

“HOST was a great opportunity to meet local doctors and discuss the transition to residency. My stay helped me understand better what life in the city might be like if I matched there.”

— Student participant

Students typically stay for one or two nights, and hosts are not expected to provide food or transportation (though, when their schedules allow, some do). If you’re an alum with a spare bedroom, couch or air mattress, please sign up! We will contact you when a student requests accommodation and you can decide if the timing works for you. Register now!

“Both of my hosts were incredibly kind, including me in conversation and dinners and they showed me around their city. As a cash-strapped student, it was wonderful to have a nice place to stay during a stressful time.”

— Student participant

Timing and Confirmation

Alumni can register to become a host at any time. Students should register for HOST as soon as an interview or conference trip is confirmed — the more time we have, the more likely we’ll be able to find you a place to stay.

While conference and other travel is year-round, the busiest time of the HOST season is during residency interviews (late September through January). All hosts are first contacted to make sure they are available — no matches are set up without confirmation from the host.

When we set up a student-alumni match, we will provide both the alumna/us and the student with each other’s contact information. Students are responsible for finalizing plans with their hosts and providing details about their stay. Students can download the HOST program guide for more helpful tips about how to make the most of a hosted stay!

Student Cancellations and Changes

If a trip is cancelled, please let the alumni office know right away so we do not continue to search for a host. The matching process is time-consuming, so it will free us up to work on other requests.

If cancellation happens after a match, the student must let both the host and the alumni office know. We ask that you give a minimum of one week’s notice.


Please contact the Alumni Association at or 206.685.1875.

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