Athens is home to ancient monuments of the classical era, such as the Parthenon and Acropolis, as well as a variety of Roman and Byzantine monuments. The city’s rich culture spans the traditional, with museums, theaters, galleries, neighborhood markets and concert halls to the trendy, with hip bars, dance clubs, and sports venues.
Students have the option of living in furnished apartments in the Pangrati area of Athens, about 10 minutes away from the CYA center, or in homestays.
The apartment 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 three to six students and includes a common area, a kitchen (stocked with tableware and basic cooking equipment), bathroom and balcony. Students are typically placed in a double room, so they have one roommate. However, single rooms are available upon request. Apartments are simple, 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.
Additionally, students can choose to live with a host family. Homestays are positioned through the city and are typically 30 -45 minutes away from the CYA Academic Center, when traveling by metro or bus. The furthermost host families are 45 minutes to an hour from the CYA Academic Center. All host families speak English. However, students interested in learning Greek or expanding their language proficiency, can ask the family to speak Greek with them. After being accepted to the program, interested students can fill out a homestay application to ensure they are matched with the best family!
Regardless of a student’s selected housing, CYA provides all students with lunch on weekdays (Monday through Friday), except on overnight field trips, on holidays and during recesses at the CYA dining facilities. On overnight field trips, breakfast is provided but not lunch. Host families provide students with some meals, beyond CYA’s weekday lunches.
Students have WiFi access in their apartments and may want to bring a computer to access the internet. The Academic Center offers plentiful wall jacks and wireless service throughout for laptop users, as well as Internet access in the computer labs.
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. More information about phones will be provided after acceptance into the program.
Students walk to the CYA Academic Center and to many local attractions.