All students enrolled in the OSP for a semester or year live in the BGU student dormitories, which are conveniently located within a two minute walk to campus and directly across from the University sports facility and the Beer-Sheva train station.
Unique among Israeli study abroad programs, you are placed with BGU student roommates, providing the opportunity to foster lasting friendships and become immersed in the “real” Israel.
Dormitories are divided into three or four person apartments with single bedrooms. Each bedroom contains a bed, desk/table, bookshelf, wardrobe/closet and chair, and each apartment includes a shared bathroom, kitchen, and dining area. Dormitories are fully heated and air-conditioned.
The dormitory complex features a mini-market, laundry facilities, 24-hour computer labs with internet access, and student lounges for study/entertainment.
Due to the overwhelming demand of the growing student body at BGU, we cannot guarantee on-campus housing but try our best to accommodate all students.
As there is no inclusive meal plan at BGU, many students find it convenient, as well as inexpensive, to cook meals in their apartments. Kitchenware, cooking equipment eating utensils, linens, blankets and pillows are not provided in the apartments but can be purchased at reasonable prices. Often Israeli roommates have already furnished the apartments with many of these items. In addition to preparing food in their dormitory kitchen, students can dine in any of the on-campus restaurants, all of which are kosher and reasonably priced, including the very popular Aroma Cafe.
There are also many restaurants within walking distance from the dormitories that offer a variety of authentic Israeli cuisines, as well as lively conversation with the locals of Beer-Sheva. Some eateries are operated by students or alumni and provide great ambiance and inexpensive menus.
Students should plan on spending about $450 to $500 a month on food, independent travel, and personal expenses. This amount varies with individual lifestyles. It has been noted that students tend to spend more money during the ulpan period when they usually do more traveling. Students should also set aside approximately $100 per semester for books and school supplies.