Homestays for NYU Buenos Aires are provided by a third party homestay provider. NYU has worked with this provider since 2008.
Homestays allow students to live as a guest in an Argentine household and have become increasingly popular with NYU students.
There is no "typical" kind of homestay. Some homestay hosts are traditional families with children, while others are single individuals or couples. Some families have pets, some host more than one student, and others host just one student at a time. The amount of contact between the family and the student also varies.
Homestays are an excellent way to become fully immersed in Argentine culture. Most Argentine families speak some English and make an effort to understand and be understood. Students who live in homestays tend to learn Spanish very quickly and experience Buenos Aires in more meaningful ways. NYU's host families are accustomed to hosting students and are receptive to cultural differences.
NYU Buenos Aires housing staff will work with students prior to arrival to gauge housing preferences and make the best possible matches based on study habits, lifestyle, and personal goals. While NYU Buenos Aires housing staff will always endeavor to accommodate student preferences, due to space limitations students may be placed in any of the housing possibilities regardless of preferences.
Housing will be billed directly to students' NYU Bursar account. Students will first receive an estimated housing charge, which has no bearing on your final assignment. Once known, actual housing charges will be placed on the account and the estimate will be removed. This typically occurs shortly after the start of the program.
Accommodating foreign students implies flexibility and tolerance both from the host provider and from the student.
The main objective is to provide a comfortable stay for the international student, integrate him/her into the family and encourage him/her to learn the Argentine language and culture.
There are some rules to be followed in order to make the coexistence easier.
1) During his/her stay in Buenos Aires, the student will be provided with a private room with adequate lighting (natural or artificial), a table for studying and adequate hanging and drawer space for clothes and books. Should the student leave the room for personal reasons, it cannot be occupied by any other person since his/her personal belongings will remain in the room. It is not mandatory to offer a private bathroom for the student.
2) No student can be rejected based on political, religious or ethnic issues. If an issue of this kind happens to appear, the student must inform the university at once.
3) The student will be provided with dinner every night, except on Saturdays. He/she should have a place in the kitchen for his/her food. Lunch and tea are not included. The student should also have a place in the refrigerator and in the cupboard to put his/her food. In the case he/she wishes to use the kitchen, he/she should ask permission from the family, as this is not included in the homestay package, and must leave the place as he/she found it.
4) The student will be provided with sheets and towels, which will be replaced once a week. The student must keep the room tidy and allow the person in charge of the cleaning, to clean the room frequently.
5) The student is not allowed to do laundry at home. There are many laundromats in the city of Buenos Aires that the student can use.
6) The student can use the family telephone only for receiving calls. If he/she wants to make international calls, he/she will need to use telephone cards. On the other hand, students should not use the family telephone for long periods of time without asking the host family previously. It’s highly recommendable for the student to buy a cell phone as soon as he/she arrives to Buenos Aires.
7) The student will have the keys of the house and should be free to go into all the rooms of the house, just like the other members of the family. In case he/she loses the keys, he/she must immediately inform the family and is responsible for the cost of changing the lock.
8) The student is not allowed to invite anyone to the house without having asked the host family in advance. In addition, the student is not allowed to have anyone sleepover. It is forbidden.
9) The language employed among the family and with the student should be, whenever possible, Spanish.
10) If the student needs to leave, even if it is only for a night, (this includes: knowing you will not have dinner at the homestay, sleepover somewhere else for that night, going away for a trip) he/she must previously inform the host family.
11) Once a month has passed, and with a week in advance, the family can ask Visiting Buenos Aires to swap the student, if they consider it necessary. The family will be asked to explain the reasons of the request. Likewise, the student will be able to ask Visiting Buenos Aires to be moved to another home, if he/she wishes so, once a month has passed.
12) Visiting Buenos Aires nor the homestay family is responsible for lost or stolen items should a break in occur. It is recommended that students purchase the NYU Personal Property insurance, for more information about the insurance review the information on the NYU Buenos Aires What’s Next blog under “Health & Safety.”