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    sujichik is offline Junior Member 512 points
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    What are the pros and cons of staying with a host family while at UAG?

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    pros: possibly food and sometimes laundry included, they know the area, help you acclimate, close to school

    cons: probably a little or a lot more $$ (you are paying a premium for them to let you live there), less private, live by the family "rules"

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    Thanks Apache.

    Do they usually reside close to ICB?

    Does anyone else have any experience living with a host family?

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    If they smoke you are stuck. Smoking is common.
    Happened to me in a interesting setting, owner rented rooms, rented washer and dryer, controlled the internet and managed the tv plus hung around in the house and smoked.
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    I lived with a host family for my first semester. It cost $4500 pesos a month that included 3 meals a day, daily room cleaning, utilities, wireless internet and laundry. In comparison, I later lived in a 2 bedroom apartment where my share of the rent was $4250 a month + utilities (water, electricity, gas, internet), and I now live in a 1 bedroom apartment that costs $5000 a month + gas.

    Benefits of a host family for me: helping me know the city, teaching me useful street routes, saving me time while getting started with my studies, providing someone to talk to in a new city where I know no one, reducing the up front of cost of moving, since I didn't have to furnish a living space.

    Downsides: less privacy (my room had been an office that had a front wall put on to convert it to a bedroom - no sound protection), family drama (mom yelling at dad/ daughter; coming home to mom crying, cheating husband, financial sob stories, etc), less flexibility in eating times, generally more rules (had to turn off the internet by midnight, and felt intrusive staying up late studying).

    In the end, it was helpful for the time I was there, and then I moved on, largely because I didn't want to put up with the family drama any longer.

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