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BCP2001--How to do House-hunting?

http://Tran.httpcn.com 日期:2001-6-28 来源:留学与移民

  编者按:最近的杂志中,我们一直在报道BeBeyond.com为今年出国留
学的人推出的“留学结伴”的活动——BeBeyond Companion Program 2001。
你可以在那儿找到去同一专业、同一学校、同一州的同学,甚至在出国之
前就能与将去美国各州的中国人交朋友。希望我们陆续刊登的内容能对您
的留学生活有所帮助。

  Have you started working on house-hunting?

  In house-hunting, always bear in mind with some principles:

  A. Community Safety
  B. Close to grocery
  C. Convenient to get to the classrooms
  D. Try not to sign a long-term lease, for you may know
better place afterliving for a few weeks

  You may wonder how to get the information for Principle A, B
and C? Here are the tips from BeBeyond.

  (1) On-campus Apartment

  On-campus apartments are relatively cheap (but more
expensive than sharing an apartment with others) with easy
access to campus facilities, therefore good for newly-arrived
students. If you want to live on-campus, you probably should
apply for it as early as possible, even before landing in the US.
It's very possible that you can't even get on the waitlist,
because few on-campus slots will be available when new students
flood the campus at the beginning of a semester.

  The downside of living on-campus, especially dorms, is that
you may have to eat horrible cafeteria food all semester long.
The "exciting" part is that you may never know when a trouble-
maker set off the fire alarm to wake you
up in the middle of night.

  Tips: Search the site of the Housing Information Office at
your school

  (2) Ask help from friends

  If you have friends in the university neighborhood, you can
ask them for help. Tell them your budget, favorite location,
type of apartment and prefered facility. Nothing is better than
that you will have had a room when arriving in the US.

  Tip: Finding the place that is close to grocery stores and
public transportation is important. Try to contact Chinese
Student & Scholars Association at your university if you don't
have friends there

  (3) Post "Wanted" message in CSSA Mailing list

  Most schools have Chinese Student & Scholars Associations
(CSSA). Its mailing list(similar to eGroup) is a great place to
collect information, like apartments,sublease, roommates, sales
of second-handed stuff, etc. Search your school site and
subscribe to it. Try your luck!

  Tips: Since you can't see the apartment at this moment, you
should know your school community well in advance. Scrutinize
your school's brochure about housing information, both offcampus
and oncampus location, university neighbourhood,map, price
range, facility, deposite, etc.

  (4) Family Housing Summer Program

  Many schools offer Family Housing Summer Program, which
means you can live in an American family for a short time. The
program intends to provide students a better environment to
learn the local community and culture. For international
students,practicing English communication skills is a
definitely a plus! If you plan to arrive in the US earlier, the
living experience with an American family will no doubt do you
good. Try your luck!

  如果你想了解更详细内容,可访问www.bebeyond.com.cn





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