noun. A goshiwon is a very small room that students live in while studying for an important test, or if their normal home is far from their school. Goshiwon are usually rented in short-term leases and do not usually include private bathrooms. Often, there is a common room for doing laundry, and some sort of kitchen that also has basic food supplies. Similar living arrangements include goshitel, livingtel, and oneroomtel.