Living in the U.S.
The programs administered by HAESF are designed to promote an exchange of ideas and cultures, and to continue to strengthen ties between the United States. You will certainly find your experience to be invaluable to your overall career development. However, you should not overlook the educational value of your time spent outside the workplace. While adjusting to life in the US may be difficult at first, you will surely meet the type of friends that will make your program unforgettable on many levels.
The information in this section should help you prepare a comfortable living situation for yourself during the duration of your training program.
You are expected to secure your own living quarters during your stay in the US. There are many excellent resources for locating apartments in the US. Your Host Organization may be able to provide you with some local resources to assist you in your search, including the names and phone numbers of major area reality companies if you are willing to pay for this type of service. A realtor will assist you in finding housing in an area that meets your needs. Additionally, consulting with a realtor is an excellent way to learn about neighborhood characteristics and price ranges in particular cities and towns.
Another option is to attempt to find housing on your own. Most US cities and towns have web listings where vacant apartments and homes are posted. Any community posting board, such as www.craigslist.com, will allow you to search through a large number of vacancies and find housing that is appropriate to your needs. Craigslist.com operates a community posting board in many major US cities, and is not limited to housing searches. Depending on where you are located, this site could prove to be an extremely useful resource during your stay in the US.
At the very minimum your HAESF scholarship will provide funding for a room in shared accommodations. Having a roommate(s) is also an excellent way to develop your social network with relatively little effort. Many websites, such as www.easyroommate.com, www.apartmentlist.com, and www.rentlingo.com and can be used to facilitate your housing and roommate search. Keep in mind you will, as an individual, find it difficult to live with certain types of people. Choose your roommate carefully, as it will not be easy to break a lease and find new housing once you have started your program.
As a final reminder, please do remember to book short-term accommodation prior to your departure from Hungary. HAESF provides funding for up to 10 days to help you “settle down” and secure long-term housing.
Alumni Housing Tips
Questions to think about when finding housing
- Is the room furnished?
- Is it within walking distance of public transportation?
- How accessible are stores, banks, entertainment, etc.?
- What's the average rent for a room this size in this neighborhood? (Look at a few different places to get a sense of local values.)
- How soon can I move in?
- Is it safe?
- Does it have laundry facilities?