A number of housing options are available in the United States
of America for the international students matching to their budget.
One can select on-campus or off-campus accommodation conveniently
located near the university or school. Normally accommodation is
expensive in USA and it may take up 1/3rd of 1/4th of the total
cost of living expenses.
On-campus Stay Options
The Schools and Universities which offer accommodation for
international students will be on-campus, or near the school's
classrooms, libraries and other facilities. They provide
"Dormitories", buildings with many rooms for sleeping and living,
often with two or three people (of the same gender) per room.
Moving into a dormitory setting is relatively simple: utilities
such as electricity and telephone connections will most likely be
ready to use. Dormitory residents typically share large bathrooms
which include showers and toilets. Many first-year students prefer
to live in on-campus dormitories because they are convenient to
both academic and social activities. Another advantage is that you
needn't have to travel to reach campus.
The Admissions Department or International Student Office will
most likely send a "pre-departure orientation" packet to each
international student. It includes information about stay and
Off-campus Stay Options
An off-campus housing office will help you with information if
your School/university doesn't offer accommodation for
international students. They assist to find an appropriate place to
live providing information about local neighborhoods (Homestay)
You can find accommodation outside, like apartments, private
dorms, Co-operative residence halls and rooms in private houses.
Co-operative residence Halls are large houses where a group of
students live together sharing costs and chores like cooking,
washing, cleaning etc. Rooming houses provide single rooms with
common kitchen, bathrooms and laundry services. Rooming houses are
cheap compared to other housing facilities. Another option is to
live as a paying guest with a family. Some families expect the
students to do some service in return for room and board.
One can find a compatible roommate to share expenses for
utilities like electricity, telephone service etc. Before
committing to a lease, or an agreement to rent an apartment, spend
some time in the area to decide if it feels safe and convenient to
places like school buildings and grocery stores. Read the lease
carefully before signing. You will learn, for example, that the
landlord is not responsible for your possessions if they are stolen
or destroyed, so you may consider purchasing "renter's