Ideally, the IDPO seeks to integrate Pomona College students into the local culture and community when making living arrangements; however, the locale determines to a great extent what is available and the options vary widely among program sites. Housing for students generally falls into three categories: rooms in private homes, student or university housing, and apartments shared with other program students. Each situation offers its own advantages and disadvantages.
Students in a home stay will have an opportunity to exchange cultures, customs, traditional dishes, and language with their local hosts. What better way to get to know your new city and community than with the support of a local?
Students living in a private home may be treated as a family member or as a boarder, depending on the host's expectations for providing a room. Before moving into a home, students should discuss their expectations, as well as the use of appliances, telephones, facilities, meal hours and kitchen privileges, curfew, and other household rules and restrictions with the host family.
Student or University Housing
When university housing is available, Pomona College students are encouraged to live with local roommates or flatmates whenever possible in order to deepen their engagement with local students. In some locations, separate housing is provided for international or visiting students, which can be a great opportunity to meet students from all over the world.
Apartments with Other Program Students
Sharing an apartment with other program students is the only option available in some programs. Students in this situation may miss some of the opportunities for cultural exchange other options provide, but usually enjoy greater personal freedom.
Students participating in programs such as the Pomona College Caracol Archaeological Project, Frontiers Abroad, or School for Field Studies will live in field stations for some or all of their program. By spending significant time in the field, students have the chance to experience firsthand the topics they are studying and develop practical skills. Students should note that they may not have access to running water, electricity, or internet at all times while participating in a field-based program.