Accommodation options for students abroad
When we go to a different country for education, maybe the last thing we think about is where we will stay. The vast majority of us are primarily preoccupied with thoughts such as food, travel, and culture. However, it is useful to remember this: The place where we will stay is a factor that will completely affect our student life abroad. If we do the necessary research while evaluating accommodation options, we can spend our study abroad period comfortably and comfortably.
The reason why students do not make good use of accommodation options abroad that they often do not have complete information about exactly which accommodation options offered to them.
Every student who decides to study abroad has at least three basic accommodation options: dormitory, homestay and rental flat. Since these three options will offer different experiences, students need to evaluate the differences between these options.
Dormitory accommodation is common in countries such as Australia and New Zealand, where the student experience is more like college in the United States. When we look at university life in Europe, we see that campus life is less. For this reason, it is not uncommon for European universities to offer dormitories to students. Of course, there are also institutions that offer this opportunity. For example, students who choose Paris for study can review the accommodation options offered by the Cite International Universitaire de Paris.
Offering accommodation options for international students, Cite International has been offering single room or studio type options since the 1920s. With 40 different house options, Cite opens its doors to nearly 10,000 people from 140 different countries every year.
The best part of the dormitory option is that it offers students a comfortable student life and a certain freedom. Students can enter and exit the dormitory whenever they want, or they can stay up late and host their friends in their rooms. Despite these, let’s add that there will be some negative aspects of dorm life. Like bad roommates and noisy neighbors.
For students who choose to study in countries where English is not spoken as an official language, dormitory life has an important negative side. They will have the chance to practice speaking more as they will have to use the local language by staying with their families. However, since it will be easier and more practical to speak English with other students in the dormitory. It will be more difficult for them to develop the other language. If you want to learn the language of the country you are staying in and learn more about its culture. The best choice at this point would be homestay accommodation. Homestay will provide students with a full experience of the culture and daily life of the country they are staying in. The fact that you will intertwined with a family life will perhaps reduce your longing for your own home and family.
Of course, as in every accommodation option, it is possible to talk about negative aspects here as well. You may not have a completely free environment because you have to adapt to family life in a different country.
In addition to dorm life and family life, you can also consider the option of rental flats. However, this option will a more expensive option compared to others. You will be fully responsible for your apartment where you can live in accordance with your own lifestyle. Remember that you will be asked for things like bills, housekeeping.
It should not be forgotten that going to a different country for education is an exciting opportunity for students. We recommend that you consider all factors before choosing your accommodation. For example, which environment can provide the most speaking practice. You should make good use of all opportunities during your study abroad period.