Home sweet home

Home sweet home

“Home is a shelter from storms-all sorts of storms.”   William J. Bennett

As an international student you have three options where you can stay during your studies:

  • Residence There are a lot of advantages of living on campus. You don’t need to worry about cooking, traveling to far to your classes or your safety and security, You will have access to numerous campus resources and huge cultural diversity.
  • Homestay It might be a little bit more expensive then residence. It is the best variant for very young students. The host family will help you to adjust to new culture and experience life like a local. You will improve your language skills much faster. But you have to follow family’s rules and adjust to their food.
  • Apartment According to my opinion, it is the best option if you are moving to Canada not alone. It is quite difficult for newcomers to rent an apartment. All the apartments or houses are for minimum one-year rent. That is why the owner wants to be sure that you are financially stable and trustworthy. Here you can find houses and apartments depending on the city you are moving to.

When I first came to Canada, I stayed at the Niagara College Residence. It was beautiful and cozy room. As soon as I arrived I notified the superintendent that I am going to move out at the end of the month. You have to give a notice 28 days before. One month for me was enough to find a new place. Now I am leaving in the apartment with my friend, and it is our HOME.

8 thoughts on “Home sweet home

  1. It’s great that you are able to break down and explain the different housing options available and provide personal insight to each. It was a nice touch to include information about moving out of your place of residence too 🙂

    Props to you, for making the big move to Canada! That was such a major change and your blog will be so helpful to other students in similar positions.

  2. It is very difficult for international students to alter in an all new condition. You simply have to locate a home which you can call it a sweet home.

  3. Daria, this is an extremely useful post for international students because I remember spending hours online to find a house. That rental link you have embedded will be so helpful.

  4. Being a domestic student I’m totally unaware of the challenges that come with being so far from home. Hope that your time at Niagara has been great and that other students can learn from you to feel more comfortable here.

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