Daily life in Israel

The working week in Israel spreads from Sunday to Friday afternoon. The week-end (or "Shabbat") starts Friday afternoon and ends Saturday evening. 


Apartment rental

Students are responsible to arrange for their own housing.Although HIT does not yet offer dormitories, you will be able to choose from a large variety of accommodations. Before you start looking for a rent, you should decide whether you wish to live close by HIT or commute – a decision which it is best to take once you have arrived.


Here are a few websites that might be useful when looking for a rent:



If you do not have a washing machine in your apartment, you can find drycleaners throughout the city who will offer laundry services.



The Holon Mall is located a five-minute-walk from HIT. There you will find all kind of shops, from shoes and clothes shops to drugstores (Super Pharm), cosmetics, book stores, groceries store (Shufersal Deal), opticians, electrical appliances, household goods, restaurants, and more.


Mobile phone

Israel is home to 8 mobile phone carriers:

- Golan Telecom

- Rami Levy

- 012 Mobile

- YouPhone

- Pelephone

- Cellcom

- Orange

- HOT Mobile

The package you will choose will likely include unlimited national calls and text messages, and an internet connection. Yet, it is important to note that not all packages include international calls. Some packages include calls to specific countries only. Calls to international land-lines and international mobile numbers may be charged at different rates.  Read the small print.
In addition, keep in mind you may call abroad from different applications such as WhatsApp, Viber, Skype, etc.


Internet, WIFI connection

Israel is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world. WIFI connection is thus available pretty much everywhere. Beside, your mobile phone package will include internet connection.


Health issues and Emergencies
Health services

The Medical Center Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv
Address: 6 Lilienblum St., Tel Aviv
Phone: 03 67 77 300
Website: http://www.lecentremedical.com
E-mail: contact@lecentremedical.com

Herzeliya Medical Center
Address: 7 Ramat Yam St., Herzliya
Phone: 09-9739660
Website: https://hmcisrael.com
E-mail: contact@hmcisrael.com

Emergencies phone numbers
Police - 100
Red Magen David - 101
Fire department - 102
Home Front Command – 1255111


National emergency situations

Holon is a safe city. Yet, you should be aware of your surroundings and know how to behave in case of an emergency.

Usually, sirens are sounded in the event of a rocket attack. In the region of Tel Aviv (Holon included), you have approximately a minute and a half to take cover. There are public shelters across the cities, in all modern buildings and in most new apartments. You will find hereafter recommendations on how to behave in case of an emergency.

For a list of the secure spaces on campus and instructions in case of emergencies, see the Emergency Preparedness page.