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Exchange Student Housing

Patricia Said:

Cost of living in Roskilde as an exchange student per month?

We Answered:

Depends how big and nice you want the apartment, how much food you eat, what you drink and how much, type of shopping you do, if you want a car or scooter, how much electricity you use, how much you go out and where. There are a LOT of variables, but in general, you can get a room fo 3000 DKK per month, a 1 room apartment for 6000 DKK per month, plus electric, phone, cable, etc. Food from grocery stores 600-1000 DKK per month, depending how much you eat. Transport 350 DKK per month for a card. Pocket money 3000 DKK per month. So minimum 7000 DKK per month if you are willing to economize; 9 or 10,000 DKK per month to live with a little breathing room.

I knew an erasmus once. She was always tired. Erasmus B. Draggin, not sure the origin of the surname, Scottish maybe? Best wishes with the erasmus programme.

Brittany Said:

What should we do in order to prepare for an exchange student?

We Answered:

Like living with roommates you want to establish rules and a schedule for chores. Otherwise you'll end up doing all the chores while they sit around.

You should ask this student what their discipline back home was like or even talk to their parents about this so you can continue a consistent lifestyle for them.

Maybe talk about culture/social differences with the exchangee. I know a guy from South America and he's very touchy & hands on which is very uncomfortable for some girls.

You should talk about foods they like/dislike, can eat or not, allergies, etc.

Ask about religious background. Do they want to find a place in town?

Make sure they know emergency phone numbers or places to go in case of an emergency.

Establish boundaries in the house.

You'll find out what else to do as you go.

Alan Said:

What are ten things you would teach an exchange student?

We Answered:

Not sure that I can come up with 10 but I would teach them about the different religions, heritages, foods, language (if applicable), maybe the difference between their music and ours?

Kenneth Said:

what would you expect from an exchange student staying in your house?

We Answered:

To the best of my knowledge, although some countries/programs pay their host families, you are right in thinking that France is not one of them.
So why do they do it? Well, there are lots of reasons, and each family has their own. I can tell you why my husband and I and other host families that I have talked to do it. First of all, it's fun. We don't get anything out of it financially, but we do get something out of it personally. What do we get? We get another child, we get the satisfaction of helping someone, we get a feeling of making a tiny difference in the world, we get the warm feeling of promoting international relations (face it, host families do more than many politicians do!), we learn how to make real ethnic foods (eg I now know how to make REAL Hungarian goulash and other things), we expand our own worlds, we grow as people, we learn more about our own culture, we get challenged to figure out things, we may learn some words in a new language, we may help a young person figure out what to do with their life, we get to keep a connection to the local school (a reason to go to the volleyball/football/tennis games), we get a person to see and show us around another country when we are lucky enough to go there, we get some cool gifts (like the handmade bracelet one of our guests gave me), we get to introduce our natural children to the outside world, .... I could go on forever!
Anyone that hosts an exchange student knows that the student will not be perfect - just as there aren't any perfect parents, there aren't any perfect kids.
My biggest piece of advice is to be flexible and have the desire to really make the exchange work. Some staff/volunteers use the rule of thumb that when a disagreement between host parent(s) and exchange student arises, the exchange student needs to do 80% of the adjustment and the family needs to do 20% of the adjustment. Others will use a 90-10 split, some are quite generous with a 70-30 split. Always remember why you are going on exchange and what you want to get out of the program. Remember that your hosts are intended to be your **FAMILY** (I would put that in bold italic red etc. if I could). Again, I would put the next statement in bold italic red if I could: WHILE ON EXCHANGE, THE INTERNET IS **NOT** YOUR FRIEND. Remember that you are in France to learn (and teach a little), not to report back to everyone many times a day. If you keep these general guidelines in mind, you and your family will be able to get through any difficulties.
Also, VERY VERY important: HAVE FUN! Don't take yourself too seriously - no one else does :) .
Good luck to you!

Janet Said:

Would you ever let a foreign exchange student come live in your house?

We Answered:

With open arms.
DO IT! Great opportunity.

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This is the biggest problem of the students because the rates of the accommodation increase day by day and lots of students cannot manage this situation. The government should to take action and provide facilities to such students. This condition is really so tough.