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.
While eating new foods may be part of your cultural transition, the same can be said for how you eat. Argentine breakfasts are light. A typical breakfast may include toast, fruit, and tea/coffee. Argentines eat dinner late. Dinner is rarely served before 8pm, but it's an important communal meal shared between student and host family.
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 room with adequate lighting (natural or artificial), a table for studying and adequate hanging and drawer space for clothes and books, as well as internet service. Important definitions to keep in mind:
SINGLE ROOM: Student has its own private room, but unless requested, a student may be placed in the same household of another NYU student or a student from another program. Single room means that the room is a private room.
DOUBLE ROOM: Students share a room with another student from NYU only if a double room was requested and available. NYU students will never be placed in a double room with a non-NYU student, although they might share the same household with other students.
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 looses the keys, he/she must immediately inform the family and is responsible for the cost of changing the lock. Please be sure to get all keys to the building including back doors in case the elevator is not working (for those in apartment buildings) and that you get keys for all locks – always try them the first day to make sure they work.
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. The family is not obligated to allow guests.
9) The language employed among the family and with the student should be, whenever possible,
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 EnjoyBA 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 EnjoyBA to be moved to another home, if he/she wishes so, once a month has passed. Only one change per semester is allowed. It is critical that the student inform NYU BA Student Life Staff immediately of any issues or concerns. If students are not being served their meals, sheets are not being changed, etc. please do see the staff otherwise it cannot be fixed.
12) EnjoyBA nor the homestay family is responsible for lost or stolen items should a break in occur or should something go missing. All students are recommended to leave their valuables inside their luggage with a lock or if the homestay provides a safe, use it. It is recommended that students purchase the NYU Personal Property insurance.