So, you're considering staying in a dorm, an apartment, or a homestay. Which choice do you choose? You're probably overthinking which option is the greatest, and I'm here to give you the honest answers): It may be a little biased because I live on the 10th floor in a dorm and am sharing my friends' thoughts and experiences, but hopefully, this list of pros and cons will help you make your final decision!
Milan Studio Apartment/Dorms
- The majority of IES Abroad students will reside here, making socializing, group work, and going out easy!
- Having your own space to relax in when adjusting to a new setting is extremely beneficial.
- Comes with a private kitchen, bathroom, desk, and table. The room also includes cooking basics such as pots, pans, bowls, plates, glasses, silverware, and so on.
- Cleaning services are available at IES Abroad Milan…need I say more?
- This includes garbage removal, change of your towel & linens, and cleaning of the bathroom, floor, and counter surfaces.
- Central location so you’ll have an easy commute using public transportation.
- Common spaces are nice and clean.
- Includes a gym, a cinema, a game area, a laundry facility, and study rooms!
- Living alone in a new place can be isolating at times.
- However, there are floor events in the first few weeks, so you can get to know people on your floor.
- Pay an additional $1500 charge
- Guest policy is strictly imposed. Guests from outside of Aparto are allowed till 7 p.m.
- There is no meal plan, so you must cook...unless you eat out every night.
- Must pay for laundry.
Pros and cons, depending on who you are and how you look at it!
- "Family style," with 4-8 other IES Abroad students living with you.
- There are always people to come home to.
- Sharing your kitchen and your living space.
- I've heard that cooking can sometimes be cramped and difficult.
- Could live in a single or double room.
- More affordable (prices might range from $750 to free)
- Because fewer students will be in your building, it may be more challenging to mingle and work with other program/dorm students.
- Living with an Italian family provides a cultural insight.
- Saving money on groceries with home-cooked meals.
- Most cost-efficient option.
- Family support system—have people to come home to who genuinely care!
- They are able to show you around the city and the greatest local spots.
- You are more likely to become fluent in Italian since you will be exposed to it.
- In-home washing machine.
- Reduced privacy, making you feel like a guest in the house.
- Living with someone else's family can be challenging since you don't fully feel at home.
- Sharing household responsibilities and chores.
- (Depending on the family) could have parental rules or restrictions.
- Farther commute to classes and anyone who lives in the dorms/apartments.
- You may feel more isolated from the people in your program.
- However, you will have other homestay students in the same situation!
- Everyone has classes together so you’ll be able to meet friends.
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