In this program you have a variety of student housing options to choose from. Before arrival, you can research and arrange housing through the university. In general, the cost of living can be very affordable in Seoul, with the average cost for on-campus housing around $500 per semester. Most students choose the dorm option. The university international office will provide help and instructions to apply for a dorm well in advance of departure.
You will request a room in one of two residence halls on the Gwanak main campus. The Global Residence Hall is newly constructed (opened in 2019) and the Gwanak Residence Hall is a three-building complex on campus with a dining hall, restaurants, and cafeteria. The on-site fitness center features a full schedule of Crossfit, yoga, and Pilates classes. The 24-hour convenience store makes it easy to obtain snacks and food at any time. You'll share a dorm with one or two other students. A refrigerator and washer is included in the suites. In Korean tradition, it's polite to slip off your shoes when you enter the room, and a shoe rack is right inside the door. Residence advisors can provide assistance with questions.
- Shared bedroom
- Shared bathroom
- On campus
- No meal plan
- Local Korean students
- International students
The dorm is about a 15-minute walk to the center of campus—an easy walk to class. If you're an engineering student, you'll want to take the free campus shuttle to class because the engineering building is located at the farthest point from the dorm. The shuttle circles the campus every 30 minutes.
Most homestays are in typical Korean apartments. If more than one bedroom is available, you may be housed with another international exchange student. You'll use a website to see room photos and choose where you want to live in Seoul. Most homestay families are experienced, having hosted international students from the university for years, and excited to welcome students into their homes. The level of English language skills your host has will vary, and is described on the housing website so you know how much Korean you'll need to speak. It is Korean tradition to take your shoes off when you enter the home.
- Private bedroom
- Private or shared bathroom
- Off campus
- Meal plan (typically breakfast, but other meals may be provided)
- Local Korean residents
- International students
The homestay may be between 15 and 30 minutes from the university, depending on which apartment you choose. The distance to the university will determine whether you travel by public transportation or walking.