What students pay for housing – By Lee

When deciding upon coming to Miracosta College (or anywhere else for that matter), a question to ask is how much can you expect to pay while living here in Southern California. Well, I have made it really easy for you, by interviewing several different students about how much they pay rent, what kind of accomodations they live in, and what features they get with their rent. They have all opted to stay anonymous, but they are all current Fall 2017 students.

Student #1:

I pay $400 for rent for my own room (master) in Hidden Cove Apartments, in Escondido, CA. I split it evenly with 5 other people. I also share my bathroom with someone else. With $400 I get gated community, a parking space, heated pool, maintenance, and in-apartment gym.

http://www.hiddencoveapartmenthomes.com/en/apartments/floor-plans.html

Student #2:

I pay $200, but I live with family in a house, in Vista, CA So I share with everyone, and get all other housing expenses for free.

Student #3:

I pay $400 for a couch in an apartent in Shadowridge Summerwind Apartments in Vista, CA. I share the apartment with one other person. I get everything included with my rent.

http://www.summerwindapartmentliving.com/Floor-plans.aspx

Student #4:

I currently live with my parents, because even though I tried to live on my own, it was just too expensive. I had paid $700 in rent, split it with one other person, in downtown San Diego. Add to that the expenses of food, gas, utilites, and other stuff, it was just too expensive.  Sidenote: San Diego is expensive so be aware of the amount needed to stay here, even it’s just for 6 months.

https://www.apartments.com/downtown-san-diego-san-diego-ca/

Student #5:

I pay $250, but I live with my mom to help out. I live in a house here in Oceanside, with my own bathroom. The only thing I do not get with the rent is laundry expenses.

Student #6

I pay $700 to live with a host family which includes food and utilities. I found the family when a friend moved out and I went to visit the house.  When I first arrived to MiraCosta I stayed with a host family.  I didn’t like sharing a bathroom, but the family was very nice and took me to many places in San Diego.  I think it is good to start with a host family because you will learn more about the local area faster.

To find a host family you can apply with Homestay Services International.

As you can see, there is a wide range of prices, but the average is $600 in the Northern San Diego county area (Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, Escondido, Carlsbad, Encinitas) to share a room and apartment. So, with all that being said, this is why it is necessary for you to put aside so much money before coming here, because it is really expensive. BUT, it is worth it once you do arrive. There is a reason why it’s expensive here, especially in Southern California, and it’s because everyone in the nation and the world wants to live here (Hint: it’s got something to do with Hollywood — and the great weather).

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Nhi from Vietnam

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Hello everyone!

My name is Nhi Tran,  people call me “Nee”. I am from Hue, Vietnam where originally delicious Bun Bo Hue (spicy beef noodle) comes from. I have been in California since December 2014, and started school at Miracosta College in the beginning of 2015. Besides school, I love playing basketball, listening to music, and singing. I enjoy living in California because I am in love with the weather and the diversity here. People come from a lot of countries all over the world bringing their own cultures and languages to make California diverse. Living in a new country teaches me how to live well independently, how to take care of myself, how to be organized on things and how to make friends. I hope I will have a wonderful time and be successful in the United States!

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Mình là Thu Nhi. Mình đến từ thành phố Huế, Việt Nam, nơi nổi tiếng với sự thơ mộng, yên bình với các món ăn ngon như cơm hến và bún bò Huế. Mình đến California vào tháng 12 năm 2014. Bắt dầu là một du học sinh Mỹ, mình nhập học tại truờng Cao Đẳng MiraCosta đầu năm 2015. Ngoài giờ học, mình thuờng chơi bóng rổ, nghe nhạc, và hát. Mình rất thích cuộc suống ở California, bởi thời tiết và khí hậu dễ chịu, cũng như sự thân thiện và tốt bụng của con nguời nơi đây. Ngoài dân bản xứ, nguời ở đây nhập cư từ mọi miền trên thế giới đồng thời mang theo ngôn ngữ và nền văn hoá riêng của họ góp phần làm cho tiểu bang này đa dạng trên nhiều phuơng diện. Sống trên một đất nuớc hoàn toàn mới rèn luyện cho mình bản năng sống độc lập, biết làm thế nào để sống tốt, học và làm việc khoa học, kết bạn và có thêm nhiều bạn mới. Mình hy vọng mình sẽ có một thời gian tuyệt vời ở đây, đặc biệt là thành công trên con đuờng học tập và làm việc của mình tại Mỹ!

 

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Last Week – by Miku

Hello! The final weeks are coming. I hope everyone ready for their exams.

I will transfer to Temple University Japan Campus and leave the United States soon. Before I leave, I have many things to do.

1, Selling My Car… I need to find a buyer for my car. To do that, I put advertisement on my Facebook page and some advertisement page such as Autotrader and Craig’s List. My house owner helps me a lot not to fraud. I hope I will find good buyer soon!

2, Close My Bank… Now, I have Chase bank account and it has some money. Before I leave, I need to transfer my money to my Japanese bank account and close it.

3, Say Goodbye to My Friends… I have a lot of friends in the United States, but after I go back to my country, I will not be able to hung out with them like now. Many of my friends plan my farewell parties. Not to regret, even though I am busy for studying for final, I will join these parties. I hope they will come to Japan to visit me someday.

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4, Quit My Climbing Gym Membership… Now I am a member of Vital Climbing Gym in Oceanside. I need to quit it and also say goodbye to my climbing friends.Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 9.57.59 AM

5, Pack My Baggage and Clean My Room… I need to pack my baggage and clean my room. Originally, I also need to find new person for my housemate and my house owner, but they said I do not need to do it. Instead of that, I will clean my room perfectly.

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Of course, I miss my Japanese families and friends, but I am really sad to leave the United States. My two-year American life will end. I got precious experiences in MiraCosta. I hope I will visit California soon.

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International Office Staff – by Miku

The International Office at MiraCosta College has three great staff.

Today, I will introduce them.

Sayaka Neal (Secretary)

She is from Japan. She has a master degree from San Diego States University as applied linguistics major.  She has been working as this position in MiraCosta international office since 2003. Also, she is an advisor of the MCC Japanese club.

Not only Japanese but also many international students count on her. She always helps us kindly even if it is not about study. Now, she is taking a Spanish class, she wants to help Spanish speaking students as well.

 

Aubrey Kuan Roderick (Student Services Coordinator)

She is from Taiwan. She has a master degree from Monterey Institute of International Studies. She is a student services coordinator of the international office, and also she works as a Chinese class professor. Her class is really fun and easy to understand!

There are many Chinese students in MiraCosta, they often come to her office and talk about all of their concerns. She is always kindly and friendly to us.

Mia Scavone (Coordinator) 

She is from the United States. She is a coordinator of the international office. She has a master degree from University of Michigan.

She goes to many countries to recruit new international students. And also, if you are interested in applying MiraCosta and send email, she will receive it. So, every new students will contact to her and she will correspond kindly and friendly. Because she is an only native English speaker, all of international students count on her.

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