Where to live?


Where to live?

There are several lodging options whose cost varies depending on its features: private, public, individual, shared, length of stay, utilities included, etc. Due to the huge array of possibilities, a series of questions have been created to help you make the best decision in terms of what kind of lodging to choose while you study in Puerto Rico.


The academic institution offers dorms

On the island, there are academic institutions that have dorms, such as the University of Puerto Rico (Rio Piedras Campus), the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico (San German and Bayamon campuses) and the University of the Sacred Heart. These dorms are convenient because they are inexpensive and close to campus, and they usually offer a variety of services such as private bathroom, study areas, closet, air conditioning, Internet, kitchen, laundry and parking, among others. On the other hand, most academic centers offer assistance to their international students for searching the different types of lodging. Inquire at your academic institution about these services.


Which are the transportation alternatives?

On the island, one of the most used means of transportation is the car. Therefore, there are options through the collective transportation system. If possible, try to find a lodging close to the different public or private transportation systems available to ensure that daily travel to and from your campus is convenient. Your educational center will give you more information about this matter. It is possible to bike to some academic centers, depending on the location of the lodging. There are many towns that have designated routes and lanes for this type of transportation.


What kind of lodging am I interested in? 

There are students who prefer to live in quiet spaces where they can concentrate and read. Others choose to live in urban centers or areas with a lot of cultural and entertainment alternatives (courses, conferences, shows, performances, etc.) even when this means living away from campus. There are those who value their independence, beyond the economic investment, and choose private housing with complete freedom. Others join a group to rent the same place in order to minimize expenses and make new friends. There are those who want to spend their spare time exploring the country’s touristic areas, which makes the means of transportation particularly important. Well, there are alternatives to suit all tastes and budgets. On the Internet you will find a multitude of websites devoted to private housing renting. Contact your educational center and ask for orientation about your lodging options depending on your interests and needs.


Finally, you should know that there is the possibility of applying for public housing through the Department of Housing of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Also, you can check the accommodation listings available at the Department of Consumer Affairs website. Ask for more information about how to access these options at your educational center.


Contact Information

State Department of Puerto Rico
P.O. Box 9023271
San Juan, PR 00902-3271
1 (787) 722-2121 ext. 4292, 4295, 4350
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