To make your arrival as successful as possible, AAG requires that you have secured housing BEFORE you arrive to the US.
Refer to your job offer/placement offer, Host Company, Agency or AAG for recommendations regarding your housing options. Search the internet for budget lodging and short-term housing in the area of your choice. Hostels, affordable motels, universities and colleges are good options.
Arriving to the US without a place to stay is not safe. Take the time to make your housing reservation before you leave and know how you will get there from the airport.
Keep in mind that in some areas, it will be very difficult to find and secure housing once you have arrived. Even the suggested housing leads in your Job Offer/Placement Offer may be full. In addition, there are thousands of J1 participants just like you who are planning for their arrival too, so you will want to book your housing early!