Housing in Beijing
Students in the residence halls may take their meals at one of several university cafeterias or prepare their own meals in shared kitchens. Students may also take advantage of the many small, inexpensive, privately-operated restaurants near the campus and throughout Beijing. Students living in home stays are provided with two meals a day by their host family (breakfast and dinner), seven days a week. Housing is an important component of the overall study abroad experience. As a program participant, you will be expected to adapt to your accommodations and to respect the cultural context in which you are living. Both of these housing options will require a commitment to speaking Mandarin as much as possible and adhering to a set of household and residence hall rules and etiquette that may feel restrictive compared to that which you are typically accustomed. Students may elect to share a room with a Chinese student in a Bei Wai residence hall or to reside in a home stay with a Chinese family.
The residence hall rooms are wired for high-speed Internet access and the facility includes a lounge and kitchen. Students who elect to reside in a residence hall may opt to stay with a Chinese family for a short period during the semester. There are home stay placements available throughout Beijing for students who have a strong commitment to cultural integration in China and who are prepared to give up some freedom and privacy in order to experience Chinese family life. Students with strong motivation and adequate communication skills in Chinese are encouraged to consider this unique option.