Roughly 20 young adults, half of them J-1 visa students, live in a house off Golf Course Road in West Ocean City, and according to some of them, it’s preferable to living in Ocean City.
“I definitely don’t feel overcrowded,” said Elena Rotareanu, a 21-year-old from Moldova who is spending her second summer with the J-1 visa program here. “United Work and Travel found this house last year, and I had the option to change it this time, but I didn’t want to. I had the same number of roommates last year, and we became lifelong friends. Even now, we keep texting each other.”
Rotareanu is one of nine women using a bedroom divided into two sleeping areas: one with two beds and a larger room with four bunkbeds. Overall, the house has six bedrooms and three bathrooms, and a spacious kitchen and living room.