Safety and Security
Option 1: Student Dorms
At EARTH, you can share a dorm room with a classmate of a different nationality in one of our 13 gender-specific student residence halls. Some of our housing facilities even feature energy-efficient lighting, solar-powered water heaters, and a rainwater collection system for toilets!
Within each room, you will have your own bed, a closet to store your belongings and a study desk with drawers. Each residence includes shared bathrooms and gathering spaces for informal conversations and relaxation time with your roommates. Cleaning is divided among all residents, so you will take turns with your classmates to maintain your residence hall. The dorms are conveniently located within a very close walking distance of the cafeteria, classrooms, library and laundry facilities.
Option 2: Homestay
You also have the opportunity to live with a Costa Rican family to fully immerse yourself in the Spanish language and local culture, while still having access to all the EARTH campus’s amenities and lush surroundings.
EARTH University is located in the lowland Caribbean humid tropics of Costa Rica. This means it’s warm and fairly humid all year, with average temperatures consistently measuring between 70°F and 90°F. (You’re not afraid of a little sweat!) Weather can change in an instant, and cleansing rains may come seemingly out of nowhere.
At breakfast, options include: freshly squeezed juices, eggs, local coffee, gallo pinto (a Costa Rican staple of rice and beans), hearty oatmeal, milk and diverse cereals, fresh fruits, yogurt and bread or tortilla.
At lunch – the largest meal of the day in Latin America – and dinner, options can include: salad (a build-your-own salad bar is available at lunch), meat choices (including a baked, breading-free option) or a vegetarian main course, rice, beans or lentils, cooked vegetables, soup, bread, fruit and dessert. Coffee, filtered water, local milk and fresh fruit juices are offered at every meal.
Student Center and La Jama
Clubs and Recreation
There are plenty of organized evening clubs and courses meeting weekly: basketball, dancing, swimming, badminton, weight training, athletic conditioning, soccer, Frisbee, volleyball, singing, Zumba, yoga and meditation. You can even participate in soccer and/or volleyball tournaments if you join a team. Be sure to bring appropriate athletic clothes and shoes/cleats.