Where your student will live is often one of the main concerns you have as a parent. And that's fair enough, he's probably only lived with you for the majority of his life. You need to ensure that he is safe and in a healthy environment when he goes abroad. Luckily, there are a lot of accommodation options, depending on the program that your child has decided on.
Some housing options include:
- Living on-campus: Living in residence halls is a great way to make friends and make sure to get to class on time.
- Living off-campus: If your child is a little older, he may prefer to share an apartment with other students that isn't on campus, as they can get a bit loud and crazy.
- Host family: For a truly immersive experience - and one that will give you peace of mind - your child can stay with a host family that will provide him with room and board.
But these aren't the only accommodation options available for students, though they are the most common ones. Generally, students find a place to live before they move abroad, but if they want to live off-campus with other students, they may have to wait to find accommodation while they are already there.
There is no solution for every student that embarks upon this adventure. This is something you should discuss with your child, so that he is comfortable while he is abroad and you have plenty of peace knowing that he has a home away from home.