Because MSIH students do not typically select permanent housing prior to arriving in Beer-Sheva, you will need to reserve temporary accommodations for your first week or two in the city. We recommend that you arrive in late July, one to two weeks before classes start, to allow time to get settled in.
Note: Please do not arrive in Israel late Friday or Saturday (Shabbat). All public transport in Israel stops a few hours before sunset on Friday, and you won’t be able to travel to Beer-Sheva until transport resumes on Saturday night.
While BGU offers on-campus housing to medical students, as an MSIH student, you will find a range of more reasonably priced permanent housing options located in Beer-Sheva within walking distance of campus. As part of our commitment to building a close-knit community, MSIH employs student liaisons to help incoming first-year students find apartments and review lease agreements (though you are ultimately responsible for your own housing and fees). The BGU Student Union has also compiled an apartment searching guide.
There’s something for everyone in the area, whether you’re on your own or have children or pets.
To get a better sense of where you’ll be living and working while at MSIH, check out our detailed maps of Beer-Sheva (including shopping and services), the campus (along with an interactive map) and Soroka Hospital facilities — or take a Google tour of the campus.
Google Maps covers the whole of Israel and includes live and accurate public transport timetables, including in Beer-Sheva.