Planning For a Spanish Language School Part 4 of 5 – Choosing a Homestay and a Student Apartment

When you study Spanish abroad, your choice of living situation can greatly shape your experience. Unless you already have friends or relatives living in the area in which you are staying, you need to make a housing decision before your departure. It is important to remember that due to the fact that you will be spending a considerable deal of time in this environment, it can influence your trip socially as well as culturally.

Typically, students choose between homestays and shared apartments. However, occasionally, students choose to stay in a private apartment or even a hotel. Keep in mind that a hotel room will be far more expensive that most other options. In fact, the cost of a week in a hotel is comparable to the money that you would spend for an entire month of residency in a shared apartment.

While some people may consider a private apartment expensive, it is far less expensive than paying each night for a hotel room. Yet, this choice of living situation does have drawbacks, for example, you have the added consideration of a security deposit. Often it is challenging to make these arrangements beforehand from outside of the country.New grant will provide active learning spaces to schools

A homestay arrangement is one in which you stay with a local host while you study Spanish abroad. Usually you will take a room in the home of a local host family. Traditionally, you will live with an older couple that has extra space due to the fact that their children have grown up and moved out of the house. A homestay situation is the perfect set-up if you want to immerse yourself in the local culture and practice Spanish in your living environment. On the negative side, however, some students may feel as though they are living with their parents when they opt for a homestay.

While a homestay may be pricier than some other options, keep in mind that you will receive breakfast and dinner each day. After you factor in the free meals that you will be receiving, the price for a homestay is really very comparable to staying in a shared apartment. Plus, receiving breakfast and dinner could prove to be very convenient as you may be eating lunch during the day with other students.

A shared apartment is a very popular living arrangement for those in Spanish immersion school. As the name indicates, this means you will share an apartment with other students. This arrangement has the benefit of being a very social environment. You will get to know other cultures too, as your flatmates will be from countries from around the world. For example, a shared apartment in Buenos Aires might have five students whose origins include Sweden, Australia, the USA, UK, and Germany.

However, there are some negative factors associated with a shared apartment. For example, students tend to be messier than families. Common areas are typically cleaned once a week, however, it is up to the students to cooperate on the other days. If you are uptight abut a messy kitchen, this may not be the best option for you. Also you will be not immersed in Spanish when you are out of class as you would have been in a homestay arrangement.

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