Semester in South Korea Housing

Here are some general rules, tips, and expectations to help you become accustomed to your new home!


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Every housing placement is different with different pros and cons. Your accommodations will be different than what you’ve come to expect in your home country. In general, be prepared for a relatively small living space in an older building with very basic amenities. Now is the time to open your mind and get ready to experience something different; this attitude is in the spirit of your decision to study abroad. Please also remember, that when you are abroad, you will be representing your home institution and your home country; behave appropriately.

There are no housing changes allowed during the first 2 weeks of the program. There is a natural adjustment period to life abroad and making any housing change decisions during this time is usually premature.

CISabroad students will stay in double rooms at Gonzaga Hall, the on-campus dormitory at Sogang University. The residence includes a meal plan, with two separate plan types for you to choose from.

Rooms will include:

  • Wardrobe
  • Desk
  • Chair
  • Bathroom and toilet
  • Air conditioning
  • Telephone
  • Internet access (wifi)

Bedding is not included, you will need to bring your own sheets or buy inexpensive bedding on-site.

See below for a few images of Gonzaga Hall and its facilities!

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Fitness Center

Cafeteria in Gonzaga Hall

Coin operated laundry facility

24 hour convenience store

Keep your room and the common areas clean; this is especially important because you will be sharing a space with one roommate


  • Gonzaga Hall has a 10:00 PM curfew. You should respect this curfew by not entering or exiting the dormitory after then, and by using headphones if you are going to be awake late.
  • In order to avoid disturbing the neighbors or housemates, please use headphones when listening to music, or keep the volume low, and please keep your voices down.

Utilities and use:

All utilities are included in program fee.

  • Heating and air conditioning should be used sparingly. NEVER leave heating or air conditioning units on while you are not home. If you must have them on when you are sleeping, keep them low.
  • Always turn off the lights when you leave the apartment and when you are not in the room.


  • You should lock the apartment door at all times. Also, when leaving the apartment, make sure the windows are closed and locked. Neither the study abroad company nor the housing company will be responsible for any stolen items.
  • If the keys to the apartment are stolen, lost or misplaced, all locks to the apartment will have to be replaced at the student’s expense, including key copies for all apartment members.
  • If the keys are left inside the apartment/bedroom and the locksmith has to open the door for the you, you will have to pay for this service.
  • It is strictly forbidden to throw any object or substance from windows, balconies, terraces or roofs. This includes keys, cigarette butts or anything else big or small.

Guests and Alcohol Policies:

  • Disrespectful behavior related to alcohol consumption will end up in dismissal from the housing and you will have to find your own housing at your own expense.
  • Smoking is not allowed anywhere inside the apartment.
  • The consumption of drugs, as well as keeping or dealing with them, is absolutely prohibited
  • No overnight guests are allowed in CISabroad housing

Financial Liability:

  • You will have to pay for any damage done to the apartment (doors, walls, floors, furniture, kitchen supplies, washing machine, etc.).

Helpful tips for living with other people:

  • Respect your neighbors and the other people that live in the building.
  • Remember that you are not on a college campus and not in your own home. Respect the property and get out of the “college campus” mentality.
  • Talk to your roommate if they do something that bothers you. Talking it through is the easiest way to solve a small problem before it gets bigger.
  • Talk to the staff if a problem arises and you cannot work it out with your neighbors or your roommate.

Warning process:

  • If any of the above rules are broken, you will receive a first verbal warning. This warning will also be written and sent to your sending study abroad program and your home school.
  • The second infraction of any of the above rules will result in you being evicted from your apartment. You will need to find a new place to live at your own expense.
  • Please read through all of our behavior policies noted in the CISabroad Policy Handbook, linked inside of the attachment to your acceptance email