I encourage anyone studying abroad to keep an open mind. Housing and transportation and spending may not be ideal or what you are used to, but the best way to enjoy and use your time abroad is by keeping an open mind. Take advantage of the time you're there and the free extra events that your program offers because they are things you may not get to do otherwise. Just use your time wisely, travel on the weekends but don't forget to stay in town some weekends to experience the local life. Keep an open mind and use your time effectively, those are my top two recommendations.