Housing FAQs

For all of your housing inquiries, here are some FAQ’s to ponder:

Q. Are housing options similar for every COST destination?

  • Each COST location has different housing options. Contact your overseas coordinator to discuss your housing options.

Q. What will my commute to my placement be like?

  • Transportation to and from your school varies by location.  Contact your overseas coordinator to discuss your commute.

Q. Does my housing have Internet?

  • Yes, Internet is provided in the majority of our COST housing options, but the bandwidth, connection speed, and connection methods may be different or more limited than you’re used to. Internet strength and speed differ between and within housing options. For example, in some housing, you’ll have Internet access from your common living area but not from your bedroom. Take note, wireless Internet might not be as readily available in all locations.

Q. What do I do if I have a maintenance request in my housing?

  • Let your host family or overseas COST Coordinator know immediately – email or call them. 

Q. What kind of safety precautions can I take when living in my housing abroad?

  • Most cities in which COST has programs have lower crime rates than the U.S., often much lower. However, crime exists everywhere, even in nice residential neighborhoods. Your best resource and aid in keeping safe is having common sense.
    • Remember to keep your doors locked at all times
    • Don’t let strangers into your house or apartment
    • Be observant and aware of your surroundings
  • Following tips like these will help you to have a safe and enjoyable COST experience. 

Q. How do I indicate my housing preferences?

  • All students are required to complete the housing question section within the COST online application.
  • While COST tries their best to honor housing preferences, COST cannot promise or guarantee preferences.

Q. How do I request Independent Housing?

  • Due to issues of liability, COST does not allow students to arrange independent housing.

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