Seoul National University offers various types of accommodations for the convenience of
students and faculty. There are 6 residential complexes housing over 4,500 students and
faculty including the Undergraduate House, Graduate House, Family House for married
students, BK International House for international professors and researchers, and Faculty
Apartments for professors. In addition, there is also the Hoam Faculty House which
accommodates professors visiting SNU for academic seminars or parents of international
students visiting SNU for a short period.
1. Gwanak-sa (SNU Dormitory)
Gwanak-sa is the biggest dormitory on Gwanak Campus.
It includes the Undergraduate House, Graduate House and Family House.
Undergraduate Dormitory rooms are double rooms with large public restrooms,
partitioned shower stalls, and laundry rooms located on each floor. Every room is
furnished with a bed, desk, chair, bookshelf, and telephone for each resident. Each
room is also equipped with a LAN for free Internet connection. Bed sheets and a
laundry basket will also be provided to each resident at the time of check-in. All
buildings have air-conditioned lounges furnished with a TV/VCR, community
refrigerator, microwave oven, and vacuum cleaner - all free for resident use. Each
building also has a reading room, which is usually located on the 4th floor and is open
The living arrangements at Graduate House vary by building, with double rooms in
Building 914, single rooms in Building 918, and clusters (shared accommodations
with three double rooms) in the remaining four Graduate House buildings (Building
919). For single rooms, priority is given to doctoral and research students. Also, there
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are subsidiary facilities such as cafeterias, a weight room, and a track and soccer
Family House accommodates 200 families with children. Each apartment is equipped
with two bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom. For international
students, the apartment is furnished with a refrigerator, gas stove, table, bed, and
New or returning students to SNU (Gwanak Campus) interested in applying for a
room in a student dormitory must meet the following criteria.
Minimum GPA requirement: Foreigners must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher to be
eligible for acceptance (freshmen are exempt from this requirement).
Applicants may NOT have a record of disciplinary action or eviction.
Applicants are required to have a chest X-ray as well as blood and other standard
health tests, and must have a clean bill of health (students with contagious or
infectious diseases will not be admitted).
1. Applying for the Dormitory : Students can apply online within the scheduled term
through the dormitory homepage (http://dorm.snu.ac.kr). Eligibility to apply for
Family House is limited to married graduate students, and students with physical 1 1. Gwanak-sa
2. Undergraduate House
disabilities are given priority. 2
2. Graduate House
2. Eligibility : All foreigners are eligible to apply.
Applications are accepted once a year and available only online.
Application : Type in your personal information and GPA on the dormitory website.
First cut : The first cut is made randomly by computer drawing.
Document Deliberation: The Dormitory will review the documents of students
who made the first cut.
Final Acceptance : Students who pass the document review will be accepted to
live in Gwanak Dormitory.
Housing fees cover expenses for the maintenance and operation of the dormitories
and are paid four times a year : spring semester, summer vacation (optional), fall
semester, and winter vacation (optional). Students may choose to stay in their
dormitory during the vacations after paying the housing fee.
Students who do not pay the housing fee within the scheduled term are considered to
have rescinded their acceptance. Gwanak-sa’s housing fees are as follows:
SNU Campus Life Guidebook
Type Deposit Remarks
Double Room 435,000
House 100,000 Paid at
Double Room 435,000
Cluster Room 503,000 check-out)
1 1. BK International House
Single Room 663,000
Type A 100,000/month 4,000,000 Maintenance Fee
Type B 150,000/month 450,000 30,000/Month
1. Students should follow the guidelines of the dormitory. Students on leave for any
reason (leave of absence, withdrawal, etc.) should check-out immediately.
2. There are cafeterias in building 900 and 919 for students’ use.
3. Cooking is allowed only in the Family House.
2. BK International House
BK International House is the accommodation for international professors
and researchers invited by SNU for education or joint research.
The purpose of this facility is to provide them with safe and convenient
There are 316 single rooms and 74 cluster rooms (with two rooms). Rooms are
furnished with a kitchen, bathroom, bed, desk, wardrobe, refrigerator, gas stove, and
International professors, researchers, research students and graduate students are
eligible although priority is given to professors and researchers. Faculty or students
who have been offered residence in the Faculty Apartments or Family House are not
eligible to apply.
Applicants should submit their application forms and other required documents to
their college. After receiving a check-in notice, applicants should pay the monthly
payment along with the deposit, conclude a contract, and then check-in. The term of
residence is between 3 months and 1 year. An extension is possible for a maximum of
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one additional year. Professors and researchers may extend their term of residence
for yet another year, up to a maximum term of three years.
The deposit will be returned when the resident moves out. If the resident does not
move out after the term of residence has expired, an additional fee will be imposed.
Single Room (KRW) Cluster Room (KRW)
Deposit 1,140,000 1,800,000
Monthly Payment 380,000 (12,660 / day) 600,000 (20,000 /day)
- BK International House Application Form (p. 62-63)
3. International House
International House, a dormitory for international students, is situated
near Yeongeon Campus in Dongsung-dong and accommodates 58 people.
Students can apply by submitting their application form to the Office of International
Affairs. The selection committee will make a decision regarding acceptance based on
its own criteria. If there is any vacancy due to cancellation or check-out during the
semester, students on the wait list will be offered the room.
Check-in and Check-out
Students who are accepted should pay the maintenance fee during the registration
period and submit the required documents, including a Certificate of
attendance/enrollment, a Letter of Recommendation from their advisor (for research
students), a Health Examination Certificate, a copy of their passport and two passport-
size photos, before checking in.
Type Deposit (KRW) Maintenance Fee (KRW, month) Remarks
Cluster Room 560,000 280,000
Single Room 340,000 170,000 Female students only
Double Room 280,000 140,000
Students who wish to check out during the semester should submit a Check-out
Form to the Office of International Affairs 7 days in advance of their scheduled check-
out date, settle up the maintenance fee, and return the keys to the Maintenance Office
on the first floor on check-out day.
SNU Campus Life Guidebook
- Application for Residence in International House (p. 64)
4. Faculty Apartments
The Faculty Apartments were built near the campus to provide professors
employed by SNU with safe and convenient accommodations.
There are 236 households in the Faculty Apartments and the sizes of the apartments
vary between one room and four rooms. Singles can apply for an apartment with one
1 1. Faculty Apartments Internal facilities (built with concrete)
Bath- Shelves in Individual
Size House Rooms Ward-robe Living Kitchen rooms Dining Balcony Drawers on Heating
64 20 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
96 89 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
127 122 3 3 1 1 2 1 1 1 1
136 5 4 3 1 1 2 1 1 1 1
Professors who wish to move into the Faculty Apartments should fill out the
application form, receive confirmation by the relevant college, and submit it to the
Division of Welfare with proper documentation, such as employment related notices,
a copy of Alien Registration Card, and a photocopy of their passport. Upon review,
residents will be chosen and assigned an apartment by lottery. Residents should then
pay the deposit and then move in. The term of residence is up to three years, but one-
year extensions are possible upon review and approval by the Committee of Housing
Management. Requests for extensions should be made six months before expiration
of the current term of residence.
To reduce foreigners’ burden regarding initial housing costs, foreigners pay three
monthly payments (in a lump sum) as a deposit and make monthly payments every
month thereafter. This monthly payment does not include the maintenance fee. The
deposit will be returned when the resident moves out. If the resident does not move
out after the term of residence has expired, an additional fee will be imposed.
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Size( ) Rooms Deposit (KRW) Monthly Payment (KRW)
64.0 1 1,350,000 464,000
Faculty Bldg. #122 96.0 2 2,010,000 690,000
Apartments (A~I) 127.0 3 2,520,000 866,000
136.0 4 3,300,000 1,134,000
- Application Form for the Faculty Apartments (p. 65~69)
5. Hoam Faculty House
The Hoam Faculty House is a facility located near Gwanak Campus. It has
Korean and occidental restaurants, a comfortable guest house, convention
halls and rooms for international conferences and seminars for faculty to
use at a low cost.
The Hoam Faculty House is equipped with a large convention hall, medium-sized
convention hall, eight seminar rooms, 126 guest rooms, and two restaurants.
The Hoam Faculty House is operated for the faculty of SNU and international faculty
visiting SNU for conferences or seminars as well as parents of SNU students visiting SNU.
1 1. Hoam Faculty House
2. Hoam Faculty House Guest
Reservations can be made by calling 880-0300 or 880-0301 (5572 on campus) or online House
through the Hoam Faculty House homepage, http://www.hoam.ac.kr.
An HFC membership card held by a staff member of SNU allows for a discount of
10~30%, with a 40% discount being allowed for long-term lodging of 1~6 months.
SNU Campus Life Guidebook
6. Neighboring Areas
Types of Accommodation
Hasook is a boarding house where the house owner provides you with a room,
breakfast and supper, and does your laundry. For international students, hasook may
provide chances to experience Korean culture up close and to make lasting
friendships with other students in the house. Bathrooms are shared. Payment is
made monthly, which is around KRW 400,000 including utilities.
Studios are generally the most favored type of housing for students. Studios are
furnished with all the furniture and appliances needed for comfortable living. Granted
this is the most expensive housing option, the price varies according to the size,
location, and amenities provided such as air-conditioning and washing machines.
Payment is based on a yearly security deposit called key money (“Jeonse” in Korean)
1 1. http://www.snuco.com
2. http://www.snulife.com with prices ranging from 30 million to 50 million won, excluding utility fees. Monthly
payment or a combination of deposit and monthly payment may also be available.
* Useful Websites
Seoul National University Co-op : http://www.snuco.com
Students’ Web Community : http://www.snulife.com
When looking for housing, you should contact a real estate agent. Be sure you are
aware of all the relevant instructions and precautions before concluding a contract.
- Real Estate Lease Agreement Form (p. 70)
- Real Estate Deal Agreement (p. 71)
- A Reference for Foreigners (p.72)
- Registration of Seal Impression (p. 73)
- Certificate of Seal Impression (p. 74)
- Letter of Attorney (For Certificate of Seal Impression) (p.75)
- Application for Certificate of Seal Impression (p. 76)