Can I arrange my own housing abroad?
You can, but please consider your decision carefully. Private accommodation means that you are choosing to find housing on your own, without the support of your program and that you will be working directly with a local landlord. If you make this choice, you won’t be able to rely on assistance from your program if there is a problem with your housing. There may also be considerable up-front costs.
How is housing abroad different? What should I expect?
Some older apartments abroad may not have elevators, so you may need to climb one or more flights of stairs. Students who require ADA-compliant housing should inform their Global Learning Education Abroad advisor or program advisor for assistance as soon as possible.
Will I have a meal plan abroad?
Most likely, no. Meal plans are typically not offered outside of the United States. Some programs in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand will offer “catered” housing options, which means meals are provided. However, the norm is for students to prepare their own food, and you will have access to a kitchen space to do this. If you choose to live with a host family, your host will often provide meals.
Can I request a roommate for my program abroad?
It depends on the program. Many programs do not allow students to request a specific roommate, because they want students to branch out and meet new people, rather than staying with a group of friends. If you do not see a space in your housing application to list a roommate request, then chances are it is not allowed. If you can request a roommate, make sure that your potential roommate requests you as well!
Why consider staying with a host family while I'm abroad?
Living with a host family can be one of the most enriching ways to learn about a new culture. Host families volunteer for the opportunity and are carefully vetted by your program, which pays them for your stay. Host families are genuinely interested in sharing their home and their culture—and often their language—with visiting students.