Housing in Buenos Aires varies. The majority of students choose to live in homestays. There are only about 15 people living in dorm. The dorm doesn’t seem like too bad of an option since it is fairly close to the school and the people that live there form a community. It is also a great way to practice Spanish since there are other students who don’t go to NYU that live there as well. I’ve heard negative things about the food and the neighborhood which can be a little sketchy at night, it doesn’t sound like a bad option.
However, I prefer to live in a homestay. I like that I get to see what an Argentine family is like. I have a mom, a sister (19), and a brother (15). I even have a host dog (11). I live in Palermo Soho which has great shopping and is usually where people end up for night life. I also live in a house with three floors instead of an apartment building like most of the students here. My room is small but I have my own bathroom. My room is the only room on this floor, so I don’t feel bad when I come home late, or when I am up late studying. I don’t feel too bad taking showers late at night because it seems pretty quiet.
Homestays are not without drama. Some people have had to switch because they didn’t like the food and various other problems with personalities meshing. I wish that my host family would speak to me more so that my Spanish would improve. It is not that important to me though because I am not going to continue with Spanish in New York but I am trying to spend more time talking to them so that I can actually practice what I am learning.
Even without speaking too much (we talk at dinner about our day but it’s mostly small talk) I am learning a lot about family dynamics here. Children don’t move out until later in life and they seem to have more freedom. My host sister seems to never be around and sometimes the things that they say to their parents seem to be a bit more daring than what I would say.
I enjoy living in Buenos Aires and I am having a great time.