Life in Mount Scopus: All You Need to Know About Housing at RIS

Looking for a place to live in a foreign country can be a daunting task. There are many places to live off campus, but the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where the Rothberg International School is located, fortunately offers a great alternative for their students to save them the stress of finding the perfect place to stay. Located on  Mt. Scopus, the school’s housing complexes offer excellent views of Jerusalem.

On-campus living is not a requirement, but a solid option that the school hopes many of their undergraduate and graduate international students would choose. One of the main reasons for this is that students have easy access to the resident assistants (madrichim) that reside in the dorm.  They are there to give students any assistance they  may need during the semester at RIS. The madrichim are specially selected Israeli students that serve as a channel to Israeli society. They help in transitioning to life in Israel by creating a plethora of opportunities to get to know the Israeli culture, such as field trips, school events, volunteer opportunities and other social activities.


The student housing complexes are conveniently located near the university. Each suite is a one-bedroom dorm room, allowing comfort and privacy. These units are furnished with the basics of every dorm: a bed, a desk and chair, and a closet. Students need to bring their own linens, blankets and pillows and anything else to feel at home. Internet is available for a small additional cost and bathrooms and kitchens are shared. Additionally, cafeterias, snack bars and grocery stores can be found in or near each complex.

Students are normally assigned to a dorm unit, however many of those who come from the same country or speak the same language can ask  to be placed close to each other.  The university makes every effort to grant student requests.  Just be sure to make a reservation on time as part of the registration process.

Living on campus at  the Hebrew University allows students to indulge in Israeli culture, while also making connections with students hailing from all corners of the globe.

Go ahead! Have a glimpse of the on-campus dormitories as well as a feel of the life at Rothberg in this Student Village Virtual Tour!