Students can choose from a range of housing options for their time in Amman, including staying in an apartment, a hotel, or a homestay. Please note, Sijal is happy to help facilitate connections between students and the following housing opportunities, but all options are considered independent housing.
There are many apartments and rooms in shared apartments available across Amman. Neighborhoods close to Sijal and often popular with students include Jabal Amman (especially the Rainbow Street/First Circle area within Jabal Amman), Jabal Weibdeh, Shmeisani, Rabieh, Abdoun, and Sweifieh. Anything from the 6th Circle and further west (7th and 8th Circles), as well as around the University of Jordan, is quite a distance from Sijal and will require a long commute. Many apartment rooms are available at a range of prices, usually between 200-400 JD per month.
The following websites are a good place to start looking:
Additionally, Sijal has experience with a number of apartment buildings in our neighborhood, all of which are walking distance to Sijal, student-friendly and vetted by our staff. Rooms in these apartments tend to range from 200-400 JD a month. We send admitted students an accommodations packet with up-to-date information for buildings close-by.
For students with short-term stays, usually two months or less, many have preferred staying in a hotel for the convenience of cleaning, breakfast and all the amenities included. There are three hotels close to Sijal that we recommend, each with their own benefits and drawbacks.
HERITAGE HOUSE (JABAL AMMAN HOTEL)
Formerly the Heritage Hotel, Jabal Amman offers convenient accommodation just off the amenities of Rainbow St and is only a two minute walk to Sijal. Compact, subtle and modern, it's a useful getaway from city life, with a series of studio apartments that students could share in varying sizes. Each comes with a small kitchenette allowing students to prepare their own food, though a large breakfast is included in the daily rate.
Located in Waibdah, Caravan Hotel is a 2-star hotel situated within a 3-minute walk from Al Abdali Station. It offers simply furnished accommodation. Amman City Center is 15 minutes by car. All rooms are fitted with wooden furnishings. Each one offers a satellite TV, a minibar and a wardrobe. A shower is fitted in the bathroom. The hotel features a restaurant that serves breakfast buffet every morning. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Breakfast can be served in the room. Queen Alia International Airport is 40 minutes by car from Caravan Hotel. Ironing and laundry services can be arranged at an added charge.
THE SYDNEY HOTEL
We highly recommend the The Sydney Hotel for students who would like somewhere to stay temporarily while searching for an apartment or who will be joining us for a shorter summer stay. The hotel is approximately a ten-minute walk from Sijal, with very reasonable prices and a lovely, communal atmosphere. Past students have befriended the Jordanian staff and enjoyed studying and relaxing together in the common spaces.
Single, double, and multi-bed rooms are all available, breakfast is included, and Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel. The discounted monthly rates for Sijal students are as follows:
Contact Sijal if you are interested in staying at The Sydney Hotel, and Sijal will send an introductory email to you and the hostel's reservation staff.
Staying with a homestay family can offer a number of advantages and disadvantages. For students interested in improving their colloquial dialect, staying in a home stay can help them fully immerse in the local language and culture. Their connections with the family can afford students insights into cultural dynamics, use Arabic in very practical ways and in some cases create lasting friendships.
As with any cross-cultural experience, however, difficulties can arise. Some students might feel frustrated at a lack of autonomy given the expectations of their host family, whereas others sometimes wish they felt more included in the family. Eating norms might be different from what you are used to and It is difficult to predict what your experience might be, but any student opting for homestay accommodations should clarify rules and expectations with the family in advance.
Sijal has a limited number of homestay families with whom we work. Staying with a homestay family is a form of independent housing, in which Sijal acts only as a facilitator between students and potential host families. Homestays cost 450 JD a month, including internet, all utilities, breakfast and dinner. The legal responsibility for entering into a rental agreement with a host family and paying monthly rent rests solely on the student. Of course, in the unlikely event that something should happen, Sijal will assist you to the best of our abilities; your safety is our utmost concern.
We have gone through a lengthy process to find, vet and interview all homestay families. We trust the families with whom we work and strongly discourage students from attempting to arrange their own home stay accommodations with families they don’t know, as we have the ability to check family references and access information that students do not have.
If you are interested in a homestay, contact Sijal to check for availability and request a placement.