Before starting our topic, I would like to inform you that the thing I want to tell you is based on my experience around Daejeon University in Daejeon city. This information may not be used with other places in other cities, especially price, size of a room, and the way how to rent a room. However, you could use this information to compare which kind of room you would like to stay.
I will start with accommodation provided by the university. My university provides two types of rooms for foreign students. The first type of room is a room in which 4 students stay together. The price is relatively cheap compared to another type of rooms. It costs around 500,000 won per person per semester. Of course, it includes everything such as running-water fee, electricity fee, gas fee, and internet fee.
Personally, another type of rooms that my university provided for foreign students are much better than the type of room that I mentioned above, but it is very expensive. It costs 1,400,000 won per person per semester including electricity fee, running-water fee, gas fee, and internet fee. However , we need to pay extra 50,000 won for deposit. We will get it back when we move out. Normally, exchange students with scholarship will stay in this kind of rooms for free.
What about meals? During semester, We usually eat in dormitory's cafeteria. It is not delicious as we expect but it is eatable. For me, I feel that the food in cafeteria is sometimes delicious. We can eat various kind of food and we don't need to worry if we can gain all of nutrition each day, as cafeteria's nutritionist and cookers will take care of it everyday.
We can pay the food per meal, per month or even per semester. If we pay the food fee per month or per semester, we will spend money on food cheaper than if we pay per meal. For example, last semester(1st term of the year 2012), I payed per semester. It costed me around 540,000 won. In average, I just payed about 1,600 won per meal as I always went to cafeteria for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But if I payed the food per meal, I would pay 3,200 won. So, it is a good choice to pay food fee per semester. An inconvenient point is that if you don't like the food, you have no choice but to eat or to buy food outside.
However, Price for food fee in cafeteria always increase every semester.
During vacation, we have to cook by ourselves or buy some food from convenient store or go to restaurant... T^T
Next, I will talk about accommodation outside university...
please stay tuned ...^^