We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local community lives. Our goal is that when you leave Beijing, it will feel like home.
All of our housing options present language-immersion environments to support rapid language advancement. Housing options will require a commitment to speaking Chinese as much as possible and adhering to household and residence hall etiquette that is in harmony with Chinese cultural norms and university regulations.
Homestays provide the ideal environment for learning about China and improving your Chinese language skills. Our homestays are usually located within a short walk or bus ride to the Center. All homestays feature a private bedroom. While living in a home may involve making some sacrifices of privacy and personal freedom, our Chinese homestay families are universally eager to get to know you and share their ideas, language, and culture with you.
You are provided breakfast and dinner by your host family, seven days a week, while the program is in session. Homestay opportunities may be limited.
International Student Dormitory with Chinese Roommates
Depending on availability, you have the extraordinary opportunity to live with a Chinese student in BFSU's International Student Dormitory. Although sharing a room with a Chinese roommate may require you to make cultural adjustments and compromises, the rewards are significant.
Students often develop strong friendships with the Chinese students in the dormitory, and enjoy impromptu gatherings both on and off the BFSU campus. Chinese roommates are selected from BFSU’s prestigious Chinese language department and the School of International Business.
The rooms are wired for Ethernet and WiFi Internet access and the dormitory includes student lounges, shared bathrooms, washing machines, and kitchen facilities.
Meals are not included, but you can eat at one of several university cafeterias or prepare your own meals in shared kitchens. Take advantage of the many small, inexpensive restaurants near the campus and throughout Beijing.