Many international students choose to live in on-campus residences or dormitories provided by their college or university. These are regulated by the school, generally offer a meal-plan option, and have a set fee.
These residences may offer single-occupancy rooms, require students to have a roommate, or allow students to choose between the two options. They most often have one or two communal bathrooms to a floor, as well as a common room and kitchen or kitchenette. They may be single-sex or co-ed, or alternate by floors, depending on the institution's policy. Generally, residences have coordinators or supervisors for each floor and building.
Residences or dormitories can be an excellent choice for students who wish to balance independence with support and community, and for students studying English or French as a second language who wish to practice their language skills with peers on a daily basis.