London Now, London Connect, London Internship, and City University
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Finding affordable housing in central London is much easier said than done. Fortunately, students on our programs need not worry about this – as a participant on an Arcadia University program, you are guaranteed housing–in a centrally located area may we add.
However, be sure to budget for food as all housing options for students on Arcadia's London Internship, London Now, London Connect and City University programs are self-catered. More clearly: your program fee includes accommodation, but does not include costs for meals. Please see budget estimates for additional expenses in Spring and Fall.
Arcadia staff in London and in the U.S. work closely when assigning housing. Significant thought is given to this process as there are a number of logistical factors that need to be considered. Our priority is to accommodate you in a place that will support your studies and enable you to experience the local culture in addition to considering safety, security and cost.
For these reasons, we reserve the right to alter or change accommodation options at any time.
To indicate your housing preferences, submit them using your Arcadia Passport. Before completing this form, you should review the information below and understand the Arcadia University Housing Policy outlined in the Student Handbook.
You are welcome to submit one roommate request on your housing form; but requests must be mutual to be considered. While we will work to honor your housing preferences and roommate requests, it is important to note that specific assignments cannot be guaranteed.
In order to consider your preferences, we need to receive your Housing Preferences by the housing deadline.
If they are not received before the deadline, you will automatically be assigned to available program accommodation.
- Spring Semester: November 20
- Fall Semester: June 30
- Summer Programs: March 31
If you require accommodations for any special needs, it is important to indicate this in your Housing Preferences. Please note that the sooner we have this information, the better equipped we will be to help you. Also, we want you to understand that any information will be treated as confidential. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact your program manager.
Arcadia University encourages students to live in housing sponsored by the host university or provided by Arcadia. Although housing is guaranteed for students participating on Arcadia programs, you have the option to petition to decline this service and find your own independent accommodation. If you decide to do so, please notify your program manager to speak about your options, and submit a written request to live apart from Arcadia-arranged housing. We ask that you make this request as soon as possible so the appropriate approval process can be completed. If you fail to complete this process before the appropriate housing deadline listed above you will be subject to penalty fees in accordance with the Arcadia University Housing Policy. Students living independent of Arcadia provided housing assume any risks associated.
- Every room is different and unique; while Arcadia ensures that all rooms satisfy general standards, there is no way to guarantee uniformity of apartment and room sizes, distance from university, furnishings or facilities.
- Specific housing assignments cannot be guaranteed.
- Air conditioning is not standard in England and rooms may not be heated as warmly as you are accustomed. Be sure to consider this when you are packing.
- Arcadia program housing will remain available during the semester, including breaks. However, program accommodation is not included once the semester has ended. If you consider staying in London during the winter holiday and would like information on extending your housing, be sure to speak with Arcadia staff in England about availability and additional costs for this service.
- If your housing venue does not provide bed linens, our staff will be able to direct you accordingly after you arrive. As packing space is limited and bed sizes are different in England, it may be easier to purchase any bedding materials after you arrive rather than including these in your luggage.
- Arcadia reserves the right to alter or change accommodation options at any time should circumstances warrant.
Specific Program Information
London Now, London Connect and London Internship
Arcadia University Housing
Arcadia University provides housing to students on our programs in London in three venues. Each building is within walking distance of multiple bus routes and London Underground stations, centrally located in London Transport's Zone 1. As with most Londoners, you will rely on public transportation and should expect a commute of 45-60 minutes to class. For students on the London Internship, we will also take into account the commute to your placement when assigning housing.
All buildings have kitchen facilities with cutlery and crockery, as well as coin-operated machines to wash and dry clothes. It's also worth noting that we'll provide you with a pillow and a comforter, but you'll need to supply your own bed linens. Sheets can easily be purchased after you arrive in London, but if you opt to include these in your luggage, it's worth noting that beds are generally a little narrower and longer than in the United States.
It's important to understand that beyond satisfying Arcadia University's housing standards, amenities will vary in each building and from room to room. This is what is unique about living in a city as old and diverse as London!
Palace Court is located in the Bayswater section of London. Students are accommodated in triple bedrooms and can prepare meals in communal kitchens. Bathroom facilities are located on each floor and the building features wireless internet access.
Within walking distance of City University in the neighborhood of Islington, Thoresby House provides accommodation to students in single- and larger, double-bedrooms. Each floor has cooking facilities, a communal area and a bathroom. Internet access is included and requires an Ethernet cable.
Located in Earls Court, Redcliffe Gardens provides flat-style accommodation for students in single-, double- or triple-bedrooms. Each flat houses 6-8 students and features a common area, kitchen and bathroom as well as wireless internet access. Preference is given to students on the Parliamentary Internship program.
Arcadia may need to arrange for student housing in additional venues, based on student numbers. Similar to the three buildings listed above, Arcadia will aim for any additional accommodations to be located in London Transport’s Zone 1 and to be within walking distance of multiple bus routes and London Underground stations. All students should expect to rely on public transportation and should expect a commute of up to 45-60 minutes to class. Please remember that while Arcadia ensures all housing satisfies general standards, there is no way to guarantee uniformity of apartment and room sizes, distance from university, furnishings or facilities.
If you're studying directly at City University through Arcadia, housing options include City University student apartments or Arcadia University housing (see above). If you're assigned to City housing, your student account will be billed a supplemental housing fee as this option is costlier than Arcadia residential halls.
City University allots Arcadia a finite number of rooms at Liberty Hall. This number is generally not large enough to accommodate all the requests we have for City University accommodation. We will do our best to accommodate requests, however, a room at Liberty Court cannot be guaranteed due to limited space.
City University Student Apartments
Residential halls provide self-catered accommodation in single bedrooms within close proximity to the University's academic and administrative buildings. A complete City University bedding package (with pillow, comforter and sheets) is included in your Arcadia housing fee at the residential halls. You will also be able to access the University's network with an Ethernet cable.
(Student apartments are only available to students taking a full semester at City University.)
This recently renovated residence provides students with excellent city student accommodation in a comfortable environment. The property boasts 291 single rooms in shared apartments (or "flats"). The flat shares are a mix of 3, 4, 5 bed flats with shared bathrooms, equipped kitchens and lounge. Shared flats are great for making friends and meeting other students during your time at City University. Bedroom furniture includes a bed, wardrobe, desk, chair, bedside cabinet, mirror and bookshelf. Free internet access and general utilities (not including a land line) are included. Study abroad students are provided with bedding and kitchen packs. In addition the property has onsite management and security with 24 hour manned reception, onsite maintenance, and laundry facilities.