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Leigh here! We covered on-campus dorms pretty thoroughly in the video, but we only touched upon the off campus ones, called goshiwon (고시원, sometimes sneakily called goshitel 고시텔 or living-tel 리빙텔). These puppies are generally tiny, with just enough room for a bed, a desk, and if you’re lucky, a television. Of course, you’ll have to be careful using that television, because goshiwon are notorious for their paper thin walls and general dinginess. If you find a good one though, they can be quite liveable.

In addition to dorm-style housing are home stays, called hasuk or hasukjip 하숙/하숙집. These are usually run by nice Korean ladies, who cook a homemade breakfast and dinner for you. There might be some house rules, like “stay outta my kitchen!” or “come home before 2am!” but all my classmates who did home stays had good experiences. Unlike other home stay programmes, a hasuk has lots of other students living in the same house, so it’s a great way to meet other people and practice your Korean. Plus, unlike dorm living, home stays have all the comforts of a home. Take advantage of that living room, son!

Regardless of whether you go with a home stay or a dorm, you’ll be asking the same questions. Good places have clean kitchen facilities, ones that include free rice, ramen, eggs, and kimchi. There should be cooking utensils and pots for you to use. There should be more than one washing machine available, at least one per floor. Most dorms have fixed times when you cannot use the washing machine, which, if there’s only one available, might mean waking up at 5am to get the jump on your neighbours. There should be a separate area to hang up your laundry afterwards. If it’s outside, make sure it’s covered, so your laundry won’t get soaked.

Don’t be afraid to haggle your room price down, either. Ask if your place has has ondol (온돌 floor heating) and central air conditioning. If it doesn’t, ask for a discount. If you get a room without a window, ask for a discount. If your room is next to the noisy office, the main door, or the bathroom, ask for a discount. If there isn’t a room with a private bathroom available, ask for a discount. If there isn’t wifi, ask for a discount. If there is deposit money and you can afford it, offer to pay a bigger deposit in exchange for (wait for it) a discount. If you plan on staying there long term, you guessed it, ask for a discount. Practice making those puppy eyes and whining “but I’m a student…” in your cutest voice.

And if that still isn’t giving you enough savings, you can be strategic about where you live to try and save some cash. Student housing is generally considered the cheapest of the cheap, but believe it or not, some areas of Seoul cost less than others. I’m going to break it down for you by subway line.

AVOID: Line 1, Line 5, Line 3

Subway lines 1 and 5 are huge subway commuter lines to other satellite cities, so big transfer stations like Sindorim and Kkachisan are a bit more upscale (read: expensive). Line 1 cuts through Yongsan-gu, which is up there with Gangnam as one of the most bougie areas of Seoul. And line 3 connects the old city centre Jong-ro with Gangnam, which means I’ll only ever be able to afford a place on line 3 in my daydreams. I could be wrong about this. Anyone out there find affordable housing in the above mentioned areas? Let us know! Spread the knowledge!

Line 2

Line 2 is your lifeline. Places like Sinchon (near Yonsei, Ewha, and Sogang Universities) and Hongdae (near Honggik Uni) have lots of student housing options. But those are some of the most happening areas of Seoul, and all the places I looked at were a bit older, smaller, and more expensive as a result. The area around Seoul National Univeristy on the other hand, is only popular with SNU students, and thus offers tons of super cheap goshiwon and one rooms (studio apartments). I had several friends live near Sillim station too. I’m not 100% on this, but it seems in Sillim you’ll find more one rooms than dorms.

Line 7

Line 7 is another big commuter line, and has lots of cheap housing. If you’re a ladyfolk, Sungsil Women’s University has some women-only goshiwon that are decent. I also recommend looking near Daerim station in Guro-gu. Daerim is kind of unpopular with Koreans. It isn’t a dangerous area or anything. There are just more offices than houses in Daerim, and there’s a huge Chinese population (score! authentic Chinese restaurants!), so for the same price of a place near, say, Hyewha station on line 4, you can get a much bigger room in Daerim. It’s not on line 7, but Wangsimi station on line 2 I hear is in the same boat.

Not on a subway!

As a rule of thumb, the closer your housing is to a subway station, the more expensive it will be. My best finds were near the back gates of universities rather than the front gates, and near bus stops rather than subway stations. It was a pain to wait for the bus in the winter cold, but I was rewarded with a comfortable room in a clean building. And I got along really well with all my neighbours. No complaints here!

The best way to find housing is to go to the area you want to live in and walk around the back alleyways. Use your eyeholes, and you’ll see signs on buildings that either say “하숙” (hasuk) or “임대” (imdae, which means “rentals”). These signs usually have a telephone number below them. Call this number. Even if you don’t speak Korean, just keep asking “방 있어요?” (bang ee-so-yo?) and they’ll figure out what you mean. I’m not a native speaker, but the following phrases definitely helped me out when I was in the market for a room:

빈 방 있나요? Do you have any free rooms?
월세 얼마예요? How much is it a month?
밥이 포함돼요? Is food included?
언제 입사하면 돼요? When can I move in?
보증금 없죠? There’s no deposit, right?
화장실을 보여 주시겠어요? Can you show me the bathroom?
인터넷은 어떻게 돼요? Is there internet?
에어컨은요? What about air conditioning?
난방은요? What about heating?
그걸 써 주세요. Please write that down for me.
빈 방이 생기면 연락해 주세요. Please contact me if a room opens up.

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  1. Skullskum

    Any Canadians, English, or American people attending Hongik “Hongdae” University?
    Is anyone in the Animation or Game graphics major? I’m in high school as of now and I would really like to major in these things. When I graduate high school in a year, i’ll also be graduating with an associates degree. I don’t exactly know how the foreigner transfer thing works. I’d really appreciate if someone gave me insight about the process, your own experiences, information about classes and the language barrier. I’m very passionate about drawing and even though i’m not very good at it, I want to grow and draw for the rest of my life. Please help me. Even if you’re not majoring in these things, I’d still like some insight about the classes and enrollment process. Please help me English speaking foreigners in Korea.

  2. edward.ice

    hi leigh ! and GUYSS ~!!
    im now already accepted at SNU LEI for this fall term
    im now desperately searching for a oneroom near snu with good price …
    is anyone here know any place to check or any info to share ? i would really appreciate that !! >w<
    anyway !have a great day !
    thanyou before^^

  3. calebburke4
    calebburke4

    Hey Leigh!

    I’m hoping maybe you would know a little about the area around Sookmyung Culinary Academy in Seoul??? I’m looking to transfer as an exchange student there within the next year or two and I’m wondering if I would be able to find not only affordable housing off campus (Because I would like to be able to bring my GF with me while I am finishing school) but also maybe find part time work for myself. And also maybe get some pointers on what I would need to do for her to be allowed to work while I am in school. If you don’t know these things yourself if you’re maybe able to direct me to someone who could possibly answer my questions it would be really awesome :D

  4. Some errors must be modified. Places near Daerim station is known for bad public order. I remember hearing from one of the vice station master of subway line7 that a station agent in Daerim station(line7) got rewarded for his achievement of capturing 3,000 illegal riders a year. I can’t recommend Daerim as a good place to live in; there are so many other options you can choose.

  5. Leksie1315

    Hi everyone! I’m going to be graduating next year from high school and I really want to go to Korea for university. My parents are ok with it, they just want me to do all of my research first. I’m wanting to go to Seoul National University and I am wondering about the process of applying and everything like that. If anyone is going there please let me know! I want to make some friends in advance so I won’t be lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely and have people show me around! So if anyone has any info about this or just wants to be my friend please reply, and don’t forget to stay nasty xD

    • Illaire2015

      I know this was 2 months ago, but I’m thinking about doing the same thing. I’ll be a senior in high school this coming school year and have been thinking about applying to a korean university as an undergrad since my sophomore year. I’ve been looking into Korea University and KyungHee University (am a big fan of lion and tiger mascots; buckeyes just don’t cut it xD). Maybe we can figure this process out together :)

    • Leksie1315

      I’ve actually changed my mind in the past few days and am thinking about Yonsei University more. Also I am thinking about doing the summer program there next summer (2015) and was wondering if anyone has done it before and has any advice/tips.

  6. Becca Manner

    I have a rather involved question for all you nasties ;)
    It is my life’s mission to somehow, someday live in South Korea for however long is reasonably possible. However, I have a couple obstacles that stand in my way. The big one is my health. I’ve been chronically ill with quite a few diseases for my whole life and have had three liver transplants (necessary because of a very rare, incurable liver disease) at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, my last one happening just under three years ago. I am 26 years-old. I have never been able to get a real job or go to school for more than to get my GED and do a year-long yoga teacher training. I am in better health than I’ve been through a lot of my life and can take care of myself and live independently. I live on SSI, food stamps and what my dad can contribute.
    I have been teaching myself Hangul along with the help of a private teacher. Previously, I had taught myself some Japanese and have been studying Asian culture myself for many years. Last fall I got to go to Japan and if I thought I was pining for Asia before then it’s nothing compared to now.
    That brings up my two main problems: health and money. The money one could probably be overcome and I would still be able to receive my SSI monthly money in S. Korea. Food stamps and other things, are, of course, out of the picture, but all things considered, I might just be able to to swing it with other resources available to me.
    The big problem: My health. I need to be have access to my medications, have a doctor I can see if needed and access to medical facilities that would be able to do at least some simple tests that Mayo might require. A relationship with a specific hospital and/or clinic would be ideal.
    Besides that, I know that I would have a lot of trouble keeping my attendance up to the expectations of some schools while also completing all my homework. I don’t know if there are good language schools that offer part-time schooling?
    If possible, I would like to continue on to a technical college to study beauty (nails, skin care, cosmetics).
    I feel very confident in my learning abilities, ease with Asian culture and city life, social skills and my ability to, given the right resources, thrive independently.
    I know that this seems like a big endeavor but I would so greatly appreciate anything you can share. You might ask why I don’t try to go to school or get a job where I live. While this is, of course, within the realm of possibility, I don’t know how much health or time I have and I want to use it as efficiently as I can. I don’t want to end up terminally ill again without having at least reached for my dream. Long story short: I don’t know how, but I need to be over there. I need to at least try.
    Thank you thank you! <3
    Becca

    • Hey Becca!
      I really hope that you have found a solution by now, but since nobody seems to have answered you, I thought I might try to help (even though I don’t think there’s much I can do for you, I’m really sorry). I actually wanted to go to South Korea myself, but now I don’t think it will work out.
      This Evening Program at the Korean Language Institute would be too expensive for me, but maybe you can afford it? http://www.yskli.com/_en/proc/p2.asp

      Don’t give up!

  7. iliana wong

    guise I have a question for you. I’m going to Canada this fall term as an exchange student, specifically to WLU at Waterloo, ON, what do you recommend I should be looking out for mainly and any other things you could recommend please? x3

  8. FlameEmber

    I live in that Chinese populated Guro-gu just around from Daerim
    station. As you said it is nice to have some authentic Chinese food
    (especially for me because despite being a very pale American girl, I am
    fluent in Chinese and used to live in Beijing. So some of the scents
    just walking by some of those restaurants really bring back many
    memories for me).

    However, the day we moved in to this neighborhood the taxi driver warned me of
    how dangerous this area is. And being a taxi driver he knows what he is
    talking about..

    There are drunken fights that break out frequently enough here. In the
    first month moving in there were quite a many times I saw police and an
    ambulance down side streets in our neighborhood and I still do to this day. It’s an area notorious
    to Koreans for being dangerous. And now I can from my own experience attest to that…

    The area around the subway stations with lots of offices and restaurants
    is fine to go walking through looking for some good
    Chinese hot pot. But, regardless, as for living here (especially for females) it’s just not safe.

    Though I still don’t feel very comfortable I am quite
    alright living here because I live with my husband who is Korean. (And no, doesn’t
    speak any English, at least not beyond “Hello. How are You?)

    So I was very shocked to see you mentioning the Guro-gu area and even
    translated a bit of what you said about it to the hubby, who responded
    as concerned as me. We know our neighborhood and know it’s not a neighborhood to recommend for foreigners who need a place to stay. We hope you will remove
    it from your recommendations….

  9. Stephanie Park

    Hi everyone! I’m going to be studying and living at Yonsei University this fall and potentially the spring semester as well and I was wondering if anybody could tell me some of the dorm rules for SK Global and I-House. I think I’ve read somewhere down in the comments that there is no curfew. Is that true? Also, can we stay overnight somewhere (or go on a 2 day trip) without having to fill out a form? Are visitors, like parents, allowed in the dorms? Any info that you have about an international student’s life at Yonsei would really help. Also, if anybody’s at Yonsei this fall or spring, I’d love to meet you and be friends!

    • aimeedaebak

      Hey! I studied at Yonsei for a year and stayed at both the SK Global and I-House. There is no curfew and you can stay overnight without any forms. The rules were pretty relaxed when I was there, only thing was the floors are strictly gender separated. Visitors can go in the dorm lobbies but for the SK Global they have to have a swipe card to get passed into the actual dorm area. I-House is older and didn’t have the same type of swipe entrance though it may have changed. I really loved my time at Yonsei and the Sinchon area. I hope you enjoy!

    • Diane Collard

      I will also be attending in the fall! Similarly, I’m looking for that information, so sorry that I have nothing on my end to proffer…

  10. cowgirlbebop

    I lived in International House at Sungkyunkwan University as a graduate student for an entire year. All of the rooms there were double occupancy rooms, with balconies for storing things and drying clothes, and each came with a private bathroom/shower, which was great. There was a “full” (everything but an oven) kitchen downstairs that came complete with pots, silverware, and plates for all to use. I had a lot of classmates in another dorm, Kingo House, that was much newer, but did not have balconies and lacked a kitchen. Both dorms were pretty cheap (my scholarship paid for my housing though).

    I guess we technically had a curfew, since the door would lock after midnight, but there was a code you could punch in that would open it up, so we would just leave or stay out as long as we wanted. There were posted rules about not allowing alcohol in, but they never checked any bags, so IDK how they could really enforce that. I never tried to bring any alcohol in though, since there were so many bars so close that we would just drink when we were out. We never had any “points” check in/out system.

    There were rules about opposite genders in your room, but again, there was no enforcement. We would have movie nights in some friends’ room from time to time, and I know for a fact that there was some hanky/panky going on in other peoples’ rooms.

  11. Elsa Green

    I have a question about the fees. How expensive is being an international student in Korea? Are y’all on scholarships? I’ve been thinking about applying for the government scholarship next year, because I will be graduating and after 6 years I can’t live on my parents’ money anymore. It’s just not fair. But I still to be a student and I really want to live in Korea.
    Leigh and everyone, how do you pay for university?

  12. This comment section has so much good information!! :’D

  13. Hello~ I want to go to Korea for college. Does anyone know a college that is not outrageously expensive and a good college? Also, inexpensive dorms that is not publicly open as much? (For example: showering together) Please help. Thank you!

  14. Hi Simon and Martina!

    We recently had Easter and a little while ago you guys made a video explaining that Christmas isn’t really celebrated in Korea, as its more of a couple day thing. So I was wondering does korea have a particular religion that the majority of the country follows such as Buddhism, Judaism, Catholicism, Christianity ect. Also how is Korean general attitude towards religion and religious believes? I know that here in Australia we are taught at a young age to respect all believes and to try and understand different religions. Does the same kind of thing happen in korea? Are there certain stigmas placed on people with different religions over there? Are there parts of Korea that are more welcoming to different religions?

    Thanks!
    Georgie from Australia

    Ps, do you remember how to pronounce Melbourne?

  15. This breakdown of different neighborhoods is fascinating. We all know that Gangnam-gu is expensive but even though I spent most of my summers in Korea, as a foreigner, I don’t really understand how each of the other towns- Nowon, Chuncheon, for example, are perceived. Thus I was never really sure where we could go without my family to guide them lollol. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do a video on/ break down the districts, maybe by subway line?

  16. In terms of amount of space you get for the money, goshiwons usually represent bad value. You are better off going to love motel and ask for weekly rate.

  17. 안녕하세요, 베트남에서 란입니다 ^^
    Hi Leigh, Simon and Martina (생일축하해요 언니 :))
    I’m going to graduate from high school next year and I’m planning to study university in Korea
    I want to know which uni is Leigh studying at and which major is it
    I also want to know if I should attend the language program in Korea before uni or I could get a degree in my hometown

    Thanks in advance :D
    감사합니다 오빠와 언니들 ^^

  18. Mainy Åkerman
    Mainy Åkerman

    WHAT?! You mean you can’t do the Flogsta scream in Korea?! THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!

    …I should probably explain what the Flogsta scream is, huh?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vuv3y3r7UXA <— That's the scream. It's done every night at 10pm, when the silence curfew kicks in. I don't go there but my cousin does. Drives him nuts when people do this. He says it's fun on the first week of school since they have competitions on the rooftops, but after that it goes from annoying to downright terrifying. He's always afraid that someone might be screaming for real and need help.

    By the way, the tradition started in honor of a student who committed suicide back in the 70s. Lovely, huh? = n =

    Anyway, the off-campus housing in Korea seems like a much better option. I have a friend who I met online who live off campus like that, in fact! He said it's much more nice because he can actually drink and eat and not fear getting kicked out. But the walls are very thin, like Leigh said. Still, seems like the more logical option if you're willing to pull out some extra money.

  19. Hi! Can anyone tell me about living on campus at Seoul National? I want to go on exchange and SNU is my first preference. Any tips or things that I should know about that aren’t on their website?

  20. The country where I quite want to be
    Your mountains so lofty
    Your treetops so tall…

    Happy birthday Martina! <3

  21. Chesney Lattuga

    I’ve stayed in Sogang University dorms for about 1 month during their language exchange summer program. It was great because it was only two people per room (a lot of space) and directly on campus. (I heard the dorms were pretty new themselves too!) There were no fridges allowed in our dorm, and each floor was gender-separated. So separated that the boys cards would not even work to get onto the girls floor and vice versa. However, my boyfriend at the time snuck into my room before, and either the cctv didn’t catch him or the security guard didn’t notice! We always snuck alcohol in, but there was a midnight curfew. Of course, since the subways close at midnight, it was always a pain to try and catch one, especially when you were in Hongdae. A good note for internationals doing that one month stay was that the curfew didn’t really apply to us…I mean it did, and the security guard would give you major glares when walking in at 4 am, but our cards would still swipe us in and we never got reprimanded (other past summer students told us of this, and we went out almost every night every weekend, so I can vouch fully that the curfew does not apply!). There was also a dining hall in the dorms, on the basement floor. They served twice a day I believe, and they actually had two dining options. A korean version and an International version (sort of like an american version). Now, it wasn’t 100% full American, it was sort of a korean take on American food. So in those morning when you’re still adjusting to eating soup and fish for breakfast, doing the American dining line was a savior. They open and close at specific times, so you always want to be sure that you’re there in time to eat and finish. There was also a GS25 located right next to the dorm (literally RIGHT next to it when you go outside the dorms) that had everything from toilet paper to triangle kimbap (great when you’re late for class and don’t have time to go to the dining hall!). There were also two entrances, one in the very front (which believe me, is a HIKE. Sogang is built on a giant campus with giant hills, so be prepared for a 10 minute hike) and one in the back, right near the dorms we stayed in. Definitely build your day around which entrance you want to use! That’s all I can think of when dealing with the questions in the video, but if you guys have any questions about the summer program itself or other stuff, feel free to ask! <3

  22. I went on exchange to Sungkyunkwan University (Humanities & Social Science Campus) where you have three different international dorms. I stayed at the i-house and at Migaon ville. At Migaon-Ville you have an apartment that you share with 3-4 other people. It gives a bit more privacy but you still have to share the bedroom with another person (always same sex), you don’t have any kitchen equipment and the living room was non-existent (=no couches or a big table, just separated computer tables to work). At i-house you share the bedroom and bathroom with another person and there’s a common area and kitchen. There’s a curfew but luckily it is not enforced (well most of the time, I came back after breakfast anyway!) and bags are not checked. You can bring friends from outside but the caretaker will watch who goes in and out. Better be friendly! Also, better don’t take a person of the opposite sex to your room… or at least be very, very quiet!

    Friends of mine (who stayed for one year on exchange) rented an apartment after the first semester, in Itaewon. That is of course a very good option and I think they were lucky enough to find one without a high deposit.

  23. Bhavani Jalkrish

    I live in chennai (Tamilnadu, India) and many a hostels/dorms be it independent working women’s hostel or hostels associated with the university ,especially the strict ones have the very same rules. In my hostel i was not allowed to own a kettel and i hab to pay fine if my electricity bill exceeded the prescribed limit(which is a very very rare case). I was not allowed to bring food from outside,unless it is from the college cafeteria. Basically most of the stuff Leigh said.While we don’t have CCTV cameras, we do have security checks and sudden raid to check whether we have stuff that are prohibited by the hostel. There are some hostels that are a lot more lenient when it comes to curfew and the electronic equipment you can have. In my friends hostel, she was allowed to have a toaster and a kettle and they can stay out whenever they wanted and all they had to do was sign in the register. She was even allowed bring in food from restaurants.

  24. Awesome thank you so much Liegh i would probably think about a more independent place to live for me

  25. I’m thinking about going to SNU in the fall, but I’m going because I want to be fluent in Korean, asap, not because I want to go to uni out there. Does anyone know if that’s totally unheard of? I’m in grad school currently, and the areas where I want to work, I could really benefit from being multilingual, but I don’t want to go off and a) spend the money to get an entirely separate degree and b) take years and years about it. I’ve already been in school forever! This seemed like the quickest and most effective (and most awesome, hello!) option. Unfortunately I’d have to put grad school on hiatus in order to do this, because my opportunities to go are kind of — right now or not ever again. So I thought I’d scoot on over to Korea, do the six levels, and come out the other side officially fluent. (After lots, and lots, of work …) But I’m hesitating now because everyone seems to be doing either as an exchange student or in preparation for actually attending school in Korea, and that’s really not what I’d be doing it for. (I mean, I’m in grad school, so I could SAY I was an exchange student … heh.)

    • Edward Wen

      i think its totes okay , if u only want to learn the language without wanting to actually go to uni in korea afterward ,i think alot of ppl do it too ~
      if later you do so then well meet at snu this fall lololol

  26. For students studying at Korea University, the international student dorm as no rules. The down side is that it’s up on a hill and it’s a pain in the ass to walk up and down each day. If you apply for student housing and the International Department cannot accommodate you in their dorms they will provide you with an alternative and assist. You will received notification from the International Department a day or two after being told you were not assigned a room in their international dorm so do not panic.

    Anam-dong is where all the excitement is so if you want to live close to there, be prepared to not have a lot. Jongam-dong is more residential but it’s not far away.

    If you chose to not apply for housing with the international department, Anam Hostel is a cheap place to crash while you search for better places. It’s a bit of shithole but it has a bed and a door for cheap.

  27. I lived in a one-room and really loved it. It was cheaper than the university dorm and I had a really big room, my own bathroom, kitchen and washing machine. You have to be lucky to find a one-room as a foreigner, as some land lords don’t want foreigners (the risk of too much sexy time or everything getting dirty or too much partying is too high). But you can be lucky and then it is a great alternative. The main disadvantage is that you will probably have no internet and you have to do everything yourself (it’s fun understanding the korean rubbish system, buying your own cleaning equipment etc). But it’s cheap and if your lucky you’ll have some nice ajummas living close to you who’ll tell you everything you need (and really don’t need) to know

  28. Malmsteen Marie

    Thank you so much for this Leigh. I’m going to Korea next year to study and this is one of the things I’m worried about.

    and btw HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARTINA! :)

  29. Kim Lazenby

    Happy (belated) Birthday Martina!!

  30. yasmin

    it does sound like a prison, I thought dorms here in Toronto sucked…I take that back.

  31. Sarah Bielec

    Has anyone stayed at the international dorm or places in the area of Korea University I will be going there this fall to study

  32. Perfect timing on this! I’m going to be at Hongkuk University for a month this summer for their summer program. Is anyone aware of any rules for Globeedorm there? Also my big question is: What’s provided? I won’t be getting to the dorm until that evening, so I’m just wondering if there will already be bedding and such? Any specific recommendations on things I should pack.

  33. Alejandra Arvizu

    ** QUESTION**

    Hello! I have a question about business. I would like to know what requirements are needed to open a business in Korea if i am a foreigner. Do you have the resident visa or D8 visa? Could you tell us about your experience when you open your study? Thank you!!

    Greetings from Mexico! :D

  34. Kristie-Lynne Allen

    I lived in 서울시립대 intl dorm and it was amazing. Everyone got single rooms in a 4 room apartment type deal and we had no curfew and were allowed to have alcohol and the opposite gender in our rooms
    I also stayed in 울산대 intl dorm and they were similar to north american dorms. 2 to a room and the only rules we had were no boys and no alcohol. But I heard the non Intl dorm had more rules and were much more strict.

    • Do you know if they ever caught the couple who were having sex in one of the lounge? It was in the news during last summer… yes it was at Seoul City University.

    • Alexandra31

      oooooh mmmyyyy goood is this real?? I’m going to study at UOS for a year and I applied for the intl dorm .. on the information pdf i got it says curfew from 1am to 5am I guess they don’t really enforce the rules? This is great to hear Leigh’s experience scared me. How was the campus and the surrounding?

      • Kristie-Lynne Allen

        Actually after you asked me that I talked to my friend who went there after me. I went in 2011 but I guess in 2012 because we were so rowdy (oops….) they changed the rules and put a curfew Into place :(( but honestly partying is so great you prob wont even be back by 5am haha

        • Alexandra31

          And thanks a lot for your reply and for asking your friend as well!

        • Alexandra31

          Oh thanks a lot then T.T haha yeah actually that curfew isn’t so bad, and yeah does a curfew mean I have to be back at 1 or they just don’t want any movement from 1 to 5 and can come back then? :/ Because if that’s the latter I’m 100% doing that I know partying in Seoul is great hehe

  35. given that yesterday I was informed that I was going to be awarded with the scholarship for a grad degree… this was a really good coincidence

  36. Hi!! I’m curious about these language programs and I’d like to someone please tell me more about it. Actually I’m from Latinamerica and currently coursing my last year of College (Architecture), and for me to go and study Arch there sound a little bit hard, for all the technical terms, etc., so…these language programs sounds really great, I mean to learn korean IN Korea wow…and off course, I would like to know which is the degree that you get there once you’ve finished the program, how hard it’s get scolarships for it, and if it’s difficult to find a job being a foreigner. Thanks!

  37. Emma Bamforth

    Hiiii:) I really want to study in a Korean language school, does anyone know the minimum requirement for just a language program. I’m not bothered if it’s not a degree course I just would like to learn the language.^^ I’m from the UK and we don’t have high school diplomas here so I’ve only completed 11 years of education… is that enough to let me get onto one of there language courses? if anyone can help me it would be amazing!!

    • yoomiah

      To be a language student (at least where I go to) you only need to prove you have completed your education.
      It’s very easy to get in so don’t worry about it! Just apply and I’m sure there won’t be a problem!
      If you need to know more about anything just ask and I’d be glad to help!

  38. can someone explain this about korean rent websites? I kind of guess with the numbers but it still doesn’t add up. For example let’s say I want to rent a room from this website: http://www.officetel114.co.kr/article/index.asp?kind=oneroom
    on the price tag, weolse, it is stated it costs 500man / 35. What is this 35 for? or another example, with initial payment:
    jeonse is 10000man won, which is like 100,000 dollars? then we pay weolse and it is 8000man/10. I can’t understand that part. If you can help I’d really appreciate :)

  39. Happy Birthday Martina! ^^

  40. Mildred Cady

    Happy Birthday Martina!

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