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New Survey: What type of housing do you currently live in?

A new survey has arrived!

Topic:  What type of housing do you currently live in?

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The home should be the treasure chest of living.

– Le Corbusier

What a great quote!  Indeed your home is super important, especially when living abroad.

IMG_6934Your house is some many things. It is a place where you can relax and recollect yourself each day. It is also a place where you can hang up your favorite pictures and memories. Additionally, it is a place where you can spend time with your loved ones and friends. And the list goes on…

Because you most likely spend half your day in your own home, it is important to find the right place that fits your needs and requirements. But it isn’t all that cut and dry as an international school teacher of course…

Working at international schools around the globe, your housing can indeed be quite varied. Sometimes the type of home you end up living in is almost completely out of your control.  For example, some schools mandate that you live in staff housing (e.g. a compound, school apartments, etc.). Maybe even because of the political situation or government rules for foreigners, you need to live in specific housing areas.

Other schools provide a housing allowance which allows you to find an apartment or a house to rent somewhere in the city. Hopefully, your housing allowance provides you enough money to rent a place that meets your needs and requirements.

There are though many international school teachers that own the place that they call home (a place in their host country). These teachers most likely have lived there awhile or plan on living there awhile.

All international schools handle their housing benefits differently, so let’s share about the international schools we know about. It is interesting seeing how other international school teachers are living and what they call home in their host country.

Go to the homepage of International School Community and submit your vote today on What type of housing do you currently live in?  

You can check out the latest voting results here.


We actually have a comment topic related this to this issue. It is called: Details about the staff housing or the housing allowance.  If there is no housing allowance, how much are rent costs and utilities? 

Right now there are over 748 individual comments (about 100s of different international schools) in this comment topic on our website.  Here are a few of them:

“Some people have nicer housing than others. If you’ve been there awhile you can get a nice place. Teachers live in school apartments. Things don’t work every once and awhile. There are three housing blocks, most of the apartment are very spacious. There are bigger ones for families, but there are only 4 of those. They are definitely adequate.” – Kampala International School (Kampala, Uganda) – 27 Comments

“Some places in the Twiga apartments are very nice. 2-3 bedroom apartments, very spacious. With the right decoration, living there is quite cozy. The furnishings and appliances are of a nice standard. You need to get a water cooler here as you can drink the tap water.” – International School of Tanganyika  (Dar es salaam, Tanzania) – 60 Comments

“Housing is provided in an apartment complex. Utilities within reason included. Apartments have basic furnishings and wifi. There is a cable TV package or something similar, but few channels in English.” – American School of Marrakesh (Marrakesh, Morocco) – 29 Comments