As an international student one of the most frequent concern while studying abroad is to find an accommodation. Before you choose the best accommodation that fits your needs, you first need to understand the options you have. Here is a list of the types of student accommodation:
A homestay accommodation option involves living with a local family, and having the option to have a private room or to share it with a friend. These rooms are fully furniture, and come with either a queen or twin size bed, closet space, desk or writing tables, towels, pillows, and linens;
A homestay is a great option for short and long term stay because as long as both parties agrees, there is no limitation on how many days you can stay in the home. Homestay is the best option for anyone who wants to improve their language skills faster and immerse themselves in the local culture.
The homestay program comes with breakfast and certainly offers the comfort of a home away from home. The cost of a homestay usually varies by the room type, location, and whether or not meals are requested.
Student Residence / Dormitory
Student residence or dormitory involves living in a dormitory-style setting. In a student residence you will be sharing a common lounge area and kitchen with other students, but you will be able to choose between having a private room with shared bathroom or a shared room with shared bathroom. These rooms are fully furnished, and come with twin or bunk beds, microwaves, mini-fridges, air conditioners (in the summer), and full linens provided.
A student residence is a great option for long term stay, and for students looking for social interactions with other peers from all over the world. A residence offer a fun and friendly atmosphere, and is typically located close to schools. The cost of a residence varies by location and room type. A residence usually does not offer a meal plan.
A university dormitory involves living on campus. In a university dormitory, students typically share a room and bathroom with other roommates selected by the school. These rooms come with twin or bunk bed, closets, safes, and also writing tables.
A university dormitory is a great option if you want to be surrounded and have constant contact with other peers in the same situation as you. The dormitory is usually very close to the school and requires minimum walk, and it also provides a 24h security. The cost of a dormitory is typically high, especially if meal plan is requested.
Apartments involves renting an apartment and living on your own or sharing with a friend. Most apartments come with kitchen appliances (fridge, stove, and microwave). Fully furnished apartments are also available, but usually will have a higher cost. Renting an apartment is the best option if you are looking for privacy, but having no one around can also make you homesick, along with not having anyone to practice your language skills.
The cost of an apartment is significantly more expensive than living with a host family or staying in a dormitory. In addition to the monthly rent, you are responsible for utility bills and the cost of renting or buying furniture (if necessary). Of course if you choose to share an apartment with someone, you will also be sharing the bills, but even so, it’s the most expensive accommodation option.
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