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As you plan your international education, it’s important to consider what type of housing you’ll be most comfortable living in.

There are a number of opportunities for students. You can stay with a host family, in a hostel, apartment, student halls, residential colleges, or private rental property.

Remember, your choice of home can have a serious impact on your education, health and overall well-being. While there can be a multitude of options, getting the right one can make your study experience a fulfilling and enjoyable one.

Many students choose to live at the university or college (often referred to as ‘on campus’) or live with a local family when they first arrive. This allows you to become familiar with your new city and instantly have a network of people to support you.

Living with your friends in a rental property outside of the campus can be one of the most cost-saving options but this option does mean you will be living closely with other people.

Here are some tips to help your new household run smoothly.

1. Communication

Open communication is important when living with others. Many people choose to set up a notepad in an easy to see space (such as the refrigerator) or create a whatsapp group to help share messages.

This is a great way to keep each other informed of things that impact everyone living together.

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