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Study Abroad Housing 101: What Are My Options?

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If you’re planning to study or intern abroad, one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make is where you’ll be living during your time overseas. Thankfully, housing is included on all AIFS Abroad programs, which can really take the stress out of planning. Although each program varies, housing options include residence halls, host families and shared apartments.

Let’s explore the most common housing options available for our study abroad and international internship programs: 

1. Homestay

Homestays are a popular option for many study abroad students, especially for those focused on boosting their language learning. Living with a host family can be a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture and get a better understanding of the day-to-day life of your host country.

Homestays typically include a private room or shared room with another person on your program, as well as a laundry service. Breakfast and dinner are often provided by your host family. This can be a great option if you’re looking to improve your language skills, as mealtime will provide you with plenty of opportunities to practice speaking with your host family.

2. Student Residence

Another common housing option for students studying abroad is to live in a student residence or dorm. These are typically university-owned buildings that sometimes offer a variety of room options.  

Living in a residence hall can be a great way to meet others who are studying abroad, as well as local students attending your host institution. Most student residences have common areas like a kitchen or lounge, which can be great for getting to know your roommates!  

3. Shared Apartment

Finally, some programs offer the option of living in a shared apartment with other students. This can be a great option if you’re looking for a bit more independence than you might get in a homestay or residence hall. Living in a shared apartment can also be a great way to save money on meals since you’ll have access to a kitchen and can cook for yourself. 

Here’s the thing.

No matter which housing option you choose, it’s important to keep in mind that there will be pros and cons to each. For example, while living in a shared apartment can be a great way to make friends and have more independence, it may also come with more responsibilities (like cooking and cleaning).  

Here are few more essential tidbits to remember about housing with AIFS Abroad: 

  • While every program includes housing, options vary depending on your program selection. 
  • Most program locations have housing that includes WiFi access.  
  • Some programs may offer single rooms for a supplement fee.  

Ultimately, the housing option you choose will depend on your personal preferences and priorities. If you’re unsure which option is best for you, talk to the study abroad office at your home institution, alumni who have already completed the program, or a member of our team. They can provide valuable insight and help you make an informed decision. 

Choosing your study abroad housing can seem like a daunting task… 

… but with the variety of options available, you’re sure to find one that fits your needs and preferences. Whether you live in a homestay, student residence hall or a shared apartment, studying or interning abroad is an incredibly rewarding experience that will stay with you for a lifetime! 

One last pro-tip: Click the button below to use the AIFS Abroad Find My Program feature below and filter programs by your preferred housing options!

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