PUC-Rio does not provide dorms facilities on campus but offers an enriched opportunity for students to experience the Brazilian way of life by placing students in a home-stay program.
International students are placed in home-stays near campus. Most families live near the university, within 20-30 minutes from campus by city bus (R$ 2,75 fare*).
The host families are recommended by CCCI and represent a wide range of incomes and situations, from a grandmother living alone to a couple living in the city to a family with several young children. Each house has their specific rules in terms of hygiene, safety, cooking, bring friends over etc.
PUC-Rio serves as a liaison to facilitate the introduction between exchange students and host families interested in receiving them. PUC-Rio is not responsible for the payment of rent, student expenditures, or the student’s failure to abide by the house rules previously agreed upon by both parties. However, should the need arise, PUC-Rio will support and help both parties in improving the interaction between them.
Each student will sign a contract and pay the rent upfront during his/her stay. The rent includes a private room with a bed, a fan, a weekly change of sheets and towels, access to light and gas and a Brazilian breakfast (coffee, milk, bread, butter, jelly and fruit). Access to kitchen and laundry facilities is also included. Telephone use is to be arranged between the student and the family. Please be aware that some houses only shared rooms (2 beds). In this case rent per student will be lower than the private room. Not all homes have internet available. For the houses with internet access, the price for the connection is R$ 25 per month.
The monthly rent with breakfast included R$1.150,00 per month (Exchange rate changes every day. Estimate on October 3rd 2013 at exchange rate 2.2. is $522 USD). If a meal option is available (lunch or dinner), the cost per month is R$1.450,00 per month.
The accommodation program is based on a first-come, first-served basis. The number of host families is limited, thus it is recommended that students apply early for the program.
How to apply:
Candidates must send the completed and signed application form (refer to http://www.puc-rio.br/ensinopesq/ccci/forms-hp.html) and the additional required documents by the deadlines. Check the Calendar at: http://www.puc-rio.br/ensinopesq/ccci/calendar.htmlAccommodation requests will be considered only after ALL admittance documents have been received and based upon the availability of homes.
In order not to pay a fine for withdrawing from the housing program, students need to notify PUC-Rio in writing thirty days notice before the program starts.
If the student decides to withdraw from the housing program with less than thirty days before the course starts, he/she will have to pay the first month rent when he arrives in Rio de Janeiro. This is not negotiable.
After the housing program starts, students who decide to leave the housing program before the end of the month won’t receive money back. Several universities have agreements where students cannot leave PUC housing for the first month of the program. Check with your university if you are required to stay in PUC housing.If a student chooses to leave the home-stay, he/she must inform the International Programs Central Coordination Office via written notification at least 15 days before the end of the month contract. If he/she does not respect the 15-day deadline, he must pay a fine. Please check the housing contract for details.
Official Entrance Date:
The official arrival date listed on the International Student Calendar is also the official start date to move in with host families.
Check the calendar http://www.puc-rio.br/ensinopesq/ccci/calendar.html
Please note that students are not allowed to arrive in the host family’s residence before the official arrival date.
International students may prefer to rent an apartment near the campus. Prices are usually around US$1000 - $1200 for a one-bedroom apartment in the neighborhoods near PUC-Rio, like Ipanema and Copacabana. The same type of apartment in Gávea, the neighborhood in which the university is located, costs around US$900. The student should be prepared to give a down payment in order to guarantee the apartment. Private apartments are not usually recommended by CCCI.
Important information for 2014-2 attendance:
As most of you may already know, the 2014 FIFA World Cup will take place in Brazil from June 12th to July 13th 2014. Rio de Janeiro, where Maracanã stadium is located, will be hosting some matches, including the final match.
Besides the fact that an event of this size and magnitude will bring an enormous number of tourists and visitors to our country and city, the 2014 FIFA World Cup will overlap the beginning of our Pre-Term Portuguese as a Second Language course, which starts on July 2nd 2014.
In order to maintain the program as planned and to have it adequate to these circumstances, some important adjustments may became necessary and may informed at any time until the beginning of the Intensive program. Possible change in class schedule during the games is expected. We will inform students about any changes before the beginning of the course.
We are working hard to maintain the program and services with the same structure that most of the universities are familiar with. Nevertheless, we can anticipate specific problems with the accommodation service.
The Housing program is based on a first-come, first-served basis. The number of host families is limited, thus it is recommended that students apply early.
Accommodation requests will be considered only after ALL admittance documents have been received and based upon the availability of homes.
As of July 2013, new price table for housing was negotiated with host families. For the 2014.2 program the price is R$ 1.400,00 per month with breakfast included.
Housing with a meal plan (lunch or dinner) included will cost R$1.750,00 per month. Double rooms will cost R$ 1.000,00, if available.
Contacts For further information regarding PUC-Rio´s accommodation program, please contact: Leonardo Dias, firstname.lastname@example.org