International Students have a wide range of accommodation options to choose from nowadays. The type of accommodation choice and its outcomes can actually play an important role in an International Students’ life while abroad, and not only that, this experience could contribute positively for improving English language skillls and therefore determine a students’ future confidence with their new language. But how to know which type of accommodation best suits your student?
Student Residences often offer a great variety of facilities such as internet access, gym, equipped barbecue area, laundry, and a 24-hour staff. Everyone who is looking to stay close to both the school and Sydney city events will make the most of this accommodation experience. On the other hand, a student who stays in a Hostel would not normally be in touch with the Australian daily family lifestyle and culture, although perhaps still practising English language skills if flatmates are other International Students from different backgrounds.
Mature students, people who might have already had some contact with the local culture, or even those who are coming for a short-stay and would like to be close to the city, have access to good facilities, would normally best fit to Student Residence accommodation.
Despite varying expectations of the homestay experience between different types of student, the delight taken in experiencing the local culture is common to all.
Experienced hosts are used to welcoming International Students and will help them adjust to the local culture and lifestyle with a ‘no worries’ approach.
A student who is coming for the first time to Australia and is looking to have a bit more local support while starting life abroad would better suited to a1 Homestay program. Host families usually take International Students as an integral part of their family and therefore, the sometimes negative impact of cultural differences or language barriers will decline overtime. Those who stay with a local family have also the opportunity to extend the English language learning experience after school, while interacting with hosts, dinning or doing weekend activities.
The positive accommodation experience is crucial for anyone living abroad for the first time. If a student has a pleasant accommodation experience, it can actually be an added value to the English language service provided.
In order to ensure and keep the high quality standards within different types of accommodation offered, it is vital to run constant surveys, analyse them and follow-up any feedback when necessary. It is also important to maintain a good and constant relationship with partners or host families, provide them with a warm and supportive envinronment, work really closely as a team in order to reach the main goal which is student’s learning, satisfaction and welfare.