All AiU registered students are given the option either to stay on-campus in the designated hostel rooms or to find their own accommodation off-campus. There are three types of rooms on campus: single occupant, twin-sharing and triple-sharing rooms.
Students will be tied to a rental agreement and the period of stay will be for the agreed contract period. The Male and Female Hostels are separate and neither gender is allowed into the hostel premises or rooms of the opposite gender.
All incoming students will be introduced to the available facilities and amenities provided and the key, important points that they should know will be explained to them.
Equipment you can bring with you
Students may bring with them some electrical appliances such as a personal computer or laptop, a printer, mobile phone and charger, electrical iron, battery charger, radio or hi-fi set (as long as it is below 15 watts), a table light, table or stand fan, and a hair dryer. Radios or hi-fi sets may be used in the rooms but not to such an extent that other students or any other authorised person using AiU facilities or living on campus, or in the vicinity or surrounding community is prevented from studying or sleeping. There must always be respect for others.
Equipment that is not permitted
The following items are not allowed in hostel rooms: hot plates (used for keeping food warm), toasters, electric stoves, fridges, rice cookers, gas cookers, microwaves, washing machines, televisions or grills. The lounges, sitting rooms, and TV rooms should be kept neat and tidy at all times and no AiU property may be damaged.
In order to cater to students’ needs the university provides a cafeteria which is operated by an appointed vendor at a designated area during times to be determined by the Head of Student Affairs. Students are not permitted to prepare or cook food in their rooms.
Pantry is located at each floor and it is designated as “Halal” area. The pantry is equipped with microwave, fridge, water dispenser, a dustbin, a set of tables and chairs, a wash basin and kitchen cabinet. Storage of food items in the pantry is at the risk of the students themselves. All food items must be stored in a plastic container and labelled properly.
On each floor a pantry is provided and this is designated as a “Halal” area – i.e., non-halal items may not be prepared or consumed here. Each pantry is equipped with a microwave, a fridge, a water dispenser, a dustbin, a set of tables and chairs, a washbasin and a kitchen cabinet. The storage of food items in the pantry is at the risk to the students themselves (i.e., the university cannot take responsibility for any loss or breakages). All food items must be stored in a plastic container and labelled properly.
Washing / laundry area
Students are required to keep the washing / laundry area neat and tidy. The washing area of each floor will be provided with coin-operated laundry and dryer machines.
Student Services Unit
The Student Services Unit will provide students with the necessary exposure and the necessary platforms to develop social responsibilities, a teamwork ethic, and leadership, communication and interpersonal skills.
The task of the Student Services Unit is to create a safe and healthy environment that encourages and supports students’ on-going participation in recreational activities, campus events and student organisations (e.g., sports, arts, culture, societies, SRC, etc).
It will also facilitate, monitor and assess the smooth running of the AiU Student Service Programme. In addition it will promote a holistic personal development and ensure that our students are emotionally, socially and spiritually balanced. This will be achieved through psycho-social and spiritual counselling that is both professional and confidential.
It will also concentrate on helping to ensure a residential environment in which students may live peacefully together; where diversity will be respected, and where they can thrive both academically and socially in a setting that is sensitive to, and aware of, the need for co-operation, teamwork, and conduct that benefits all in their hostel surroundings.
Individual Counselling sessions will help students with issues that might include trauma, adjustment, social skills, anger, communication skills, mental health and psycho-social issues, self-acceptance, thinking styles and rationalisations, behavioural issues, peer pressure and depression.
Orientation for new students will be conducted a week before the commencement of the new academic calendar. Briefing activities will be carried out by the relevant staff and student orientation committee to provide the following information:
- Student handbook covering the hostel rules, codes of conduct and disciplinary procedures;
- Regulations for international students;
- Availability and accessibility of physical facilities;
- Support services such as library, information technology & media services, and healthcare facilities;
- University rules and regulations;
- Academic programme, academic calendar and course registration details.
A special officer will be assigned to the International Students Unit (ISU) to look into the guidance and the various needs of the international students who will be new to the culture of the country ad the university. Special care will be taken to orientate the international students into both the local culture and the rules and regulations and ethos of the university.
The aim of this is to ensure that international students will feel a sense of comfort and safety when they enter the ISU and they will get all the necessary and detailed information regarding their stay and their study. Support will be available for them whenever it is needed.
Students’ Union and Students’ Representative Council
The Constitution of AiU provides the guidelines for the Students’ Union and the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) as well as the establishment of other student bodies. The Students’ Handbook also has various sections related to conduct with regard to organised students’ activities.
Students are encouraged to provide feedback on the teaching and learning process through one or more of the following ways:
Their participation in the evaluation of courses and teachers;
Email communications direct to respective schools within the University;
Face-to-face interaction with the academic facilitator.
AiU recognises that students enrolling at the university will be coming from countries and traditions and cultures with a range of codes of behaviour and expectations as to how they should interact with their teachers. AiU respects diversity and will work with its students and staff to ensure that respectful yet effective mutual communication is achieved.