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Housing Options for Students Living in Austria can be one of the most rewarding aspects of your study experience. It allows you to observe, understand and appreciate cultures and values that are different from your own.

Dorm Living

The dorm facility which is cozy in size is situated in its own large park and is within 15 minutes walking distance from Salzburg College.

Community as well as environmentally conscious living is emphasized at this dorm facility. Students are encouraged to get involved by joining the wind orchestra, the resident choir, or other social groups.

Students who live in the dorm will share a double room with another student. Living in the dorm gives you the unique opportunity to become fully immersed in the Austrian student lifestyle.

Amenities include:

  • your own bath,
  • lounge,
  • library,
  • music rehearsal rooms,
  • fitness room,
  • a completely fitted kitchen on each floor,
  • laundry facilities,
  • as well as a volleyball and a soccer field.

Single rooms are available upon request and at an extra charge.

Family accommodation

While the families provide a "home away from home", they also recognize a student's need for privacy and independence. The Austrian families taking in Salzburg College students represent many different ways of life in terms of social background and family structure.

A home-stay may consist of whole families, older couples whose children have grown up and moved out, or a single lady who is looking for a little extra company. In some cases, two generations live together in the same house.

Families in the program have different levels of language proficiency which correspond roughly to the needs of students. Those students who want to improve their German language proficiency may be paired with "German only" households and students who are at a beginning level in German may be paired with families who are able to communicate in English.

Living with an Austrian family is a great way to learn about the Austrian culture, as well as the Austrian family life. Students who live in host families often form lasting bonds with their respective families and keep in touch with eachother long after the students return home.

Other housing options

There are other housing options available for graduate and non-traditional students which include sharing or leasing a furnished apartment. Students who do not feel comfortable with the homestay or dorm option, especially non-traditional students or married couples, are encouraged to request an alternate option which the Salzburg College staff will be happy to arrange.

Helping students make the right choice

The process of matching students with the right kind of living situation is taken very seriously as it will constitute a major aspect of a student's European experience. For this reason we ask to you tell us as much as you can about yourself on our housing form and in your biographical sketch.

The fall and spring semester assignments for study abroad students are not based on the housing forms alone, but also on personal interviews conducted during the initial field trip. We meet in small groups or individually to discuss your needs, preferences, and concerns. Upon arrival in Salzburg you will be met by your Austrian host family, roommate, and/or director of the dorm facility.

What about my independence?

The dorm facility, landlords and the Austrian host families recognize that Salzburg College students are young adults. There are no curfews or similar rules (other than your usual family or house rules such as being considerate towards others, preserving energy, locking certain doors, etc.).

You are expected to exercise common courtesy such as coming in quietly after a late night out and keeping the living areas clean.
Ultimately, it is up to you to decide to what extent you want to be involved in a family life or with your peers at the dorm.

You choose and determine your level of involvement and independence.

Commuting to the College

Students live all over town. While some will live within walking distance of the College, others may be a fifteen minutes to half an hour commute away. Depending on where you are located you can choose to either walk, bike or ride the bus to school.

Public transportation and biking are common and very efficient in Salzburg. Salzburg College is located down the street from the main intersecting point of the bus system. Students can purchase weekly, or monthly, bus passes which allows them to use the bus at all times, not just to commute between home and school.

Bus schedule (Salzburg AG)

One of the main biking paths of Salzburg runs along the river by Salzburg College and connects to a large net of other paths and biking lanes. Bikes are usually rented, however, some host families may provide you with one. Bikes are not recommended in heavy snow, which may be typical for January / February, or if you are not used to riding bicycles in traffic.

Biking paths in Salzburg

Most meals included for study abroad students

Unlike most study abroad programs, Salzburg College includes housing and most meals in the one-time program fee. Breakfast, dinner, and most weekend meals are provided by the host families.

Weekday breakfasts and dinners are included in the dorm living option. Lunch is provided for almost every weekday.

Students are responsible for some meals during the Bavaria and Vienna field trips and when they travel independently.

 

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