English Culture Videos

"University Housing"

Instructions: Watch this video and answer the questions. Then, read the script at the bottom of the page.

For international students, one advantage of living on campus is that you can _____.

Based on Randall, students who live on campus don't have to _____.

If you have bad roommates, you might _____.

Online Investigations and Discussion Questions

Imagine that you want to attend one of these prestigious and famous universities around the world. Try to find information about housing options including cost, convenience, and location.

  • Harvard University
  • Stanford University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Tokyo
  • Princeton University
  • University of Paris-Sud
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Copenhagen

Video Script

Hi, I'm Randall, and many international students enjoy living on a university campus for the many benefits that it might provide. For example, you live close to, uh, your school or where you study. Also, it might give you the opportunity to practice your English with, uh, native speakers. And, also there's another advantage that often there might be a cafeteria that might be close by where you can eat meals.

However, some disadvantages: number one, the cafeteria might not provide food that you enjoy, and what if you have a very dirty roommate that won't clean up and you have to move out? Sometimes, you might have to pay a cancellation fee to get out of your contract.

So look into the advantages and disadvantages before you take the leap to, uh, on-campus housing.