International students finding it hard to call home

by newintstudents

“Home is where the heart is”  Cambridge Idioms Dictionary, 2nd ed.,University Press 2006. Reproduced with permission.
It can take many months even years for students to feel like they are finally at home.

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Many international students live in low cost housing in the outer suburbs. Often these sorts of housing is cramped and very unstable.They are prone to dangerous situations especially at night time.

A lot of students want to move to the city to be close to Uni but students from the poorest families cannot afford housing. A room in the inner city apartments is about $400-$600 per week (some places includes utilities).

A few Indian friends of mine live in outer suburbs and don’t like it there due to the fact that it is too far away and there is not much life out there. They are far far away from their friends who managed to get a place in the inner city suburbs.

In the outer areas there is some violence. In the evenings when I watched the news there is always some sort of bashing going on particularly in areas like St Albans, Dandenong, Frankston and Footscray. So students are scared to live in these slum areas.

Occasionally on the news we do hear of rooming houses which are not always up to scratch.

We urge the universities to assist more and more students to find better housing. Even the uni could subsardise some of the inner city housing for students.