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Housing on Campus

The student housing complexes on Mount Scopus, overlooking the incredible panorama of Jerusalem, are walking distance from the University. They offer an independent setting appropriate for overseas students. Living in University housing is an important part of the overall experience of studying abroad. RIS students have the opportunity to meet new friends from different cultures and continents – North America, South America, Asia, Africa and Europe – as well as a chance to share experiences with Israeli students.

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Students from abroad accepted to long-term programs or to summer courses at the RIS are allocated housing provided that they make their reservations on time. Space may be limited in the spring semester.  Housing for married students is subject to availability.  First priority is given to couples who are both students of the Hebrew University.

RIS students are housed in the modern Scopus Student Villange (except for new immigrants, who are allocated rooms by the Hebrew Universiry Student Housing Administration). In the Village, each student receives an air-conditioned single bedroom in a suite containing 2-5 bedrooms, a living room, kitchen and bathroom facilities. The Village contains a supermarket and self-service laundry. Students who are Shomrei Shabbat can request housing with other observant students. Internet access is available for an additional fee.  Students must supply their own linens, blankets and cooking utensils, all available for sale in close proximity to the campus.

Housing placement is coordinated through the Rothberg International School. While personal preferences are taken into consideration whenever possible, students should be aware that their requests cannot always be met.

While there is no meal plan, the kitchens are equipped with stove burners and refrigerators for preparing light meals and snacks.  Moderately priced kosher cafeterias and snack bars, as well as small supermarkets, can be found in or near each student housing complex. Laundry facilities are also available. 

A staff of specially selected Israeli students (called madrichim), who reside in the dormitories, assist RIS students in adjusting to campus life at the Hebrew University and help them obtain the full benefit of their stay in Israel.

British students usually share rooms with other overseas students, often from the USA and Canada. If you are interested in sharing with a specific person, talk to Jo about room availability - early applications are always advised.

Mature students often choose to live off-campus in one of the residential neighbourhoods of Jerusalem. Please contact Gill on 020 8349 5757 or email students@bfhu.org if you are interested in living off campus; we can suggest websites to visit, and pass on details of estate and letting agents in Jerusalem who might be able to help you, before you arrive.


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