Students will live in furnished apartments in the Pangrati area of Athens, about 10 minutes away from the CYA center. The neighborhood is central and close to sites, monuments and museums as well as grocery stores, cafes, restaurants, bakeries, bakeries, banks and a weekly farmers market.
There are generally no more than a few CYA apartments within a given building. The advantage of these accommodations over typical student dormitories is that students have a greater opportunity to interact with their Greek neighbors and generally live like Athenians do.
A typical apartment houses four or five students (double and single rooms) and includes a common area, a kitchen (stocked with tableware and basic cooking equipment), bathroom and balcony. Apartments are simply but fully furnished, with air-conditioned bedrooms and WiFi Internet access. Although each student receives space to store clothing and personal belongings, storage is limited and students are advised not to over-pack. CYA provides a pillow, two blankets and a bedspread for each student. Semester and full-year students must bring towels, sheets and pillowcases. Beds are standard twin size.
Semester program fees include a main mid-day meal on weekdays (Monday through Friday), except on overnight field trips, on holidays and during recesses. On overnight field trips, breakfast is provided but not lunch. CYA dining facilities are located on the ground floor of the Academic Center.
Program fees include housekeeping services for each apartment once every 8-10 days. Students are nevertheless expected to keep common areas clean and in good order.
Students are responsible for laundering their own clothing, sheets, and towels. Washers and dryers are available at the Academic Center. Apartments are equipped with laundry lines for air-drying, irons, and ironing boards.
Heat, electricity and water are included in the program fee. Students should be aware that Greeks are accustomed to conserving water and that North American homes would be considered over heated by Greek standards. Each apartment includes an electric water heater that must be switched on and off manually. More information on the safe use of the water heaters is included in the Student Handbook.
Each CYA student is required to carry a mobile phone with a Greek telephone number. CYA has contracted with PicCell Wireless to provide students with mobile phones. CYA encourages students to order their mobile phones prior to departing for Greece in order to have use of the telephone while traveling before and/or after the Program. Please visit www.piccellwireless.com/CYA for detailed information. Student apartments are not equipped with telephones or wall jacks, so students who wish to place a land line call must use public pay phones or the student phone at the Academic Center. The Academic Center offers plentiful wall jacks and wireless service throughout for laptop users, as well as Internet access in the computer labs.
Being a Good Neighbor
Living side-by-side with Greek neighbors and their families is one of the benefits of CYA student housing. CYA students who are accustomed to dormitory or student-apartment-complex living, however, can expect a period of adjustment. Being a good neighbor means being aware of noise levels at all times as well as respecting Greek social customs-including greeting neighbors in hallways and elevators and respecting the traditional "quiet hours" as set by law (2 p.m. until 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. until 7 a.m.).
Each student is expected to understand and follow the rules of student conduct in apartments as outlined in the Student Handbook. Disregard for such standards will result in disciplinary procedures that can lead to loss of housing privileges or even expulsion from the program.
Student Housing Between Semesters
Full-year students may remain in their CYA apartments at no extra cost between semesters (see Fees).