LIVING IN LONDON
Students have two choices for housing in the academic year: homestay or independent housing.
Homestay families are carefully screened and provide good, affordable accommodation offering you the opportunity to develop your independence and social skills by participating in family, community, cultural, and recreational activities.
Homestay living is ideal for students who seek the comfort and security of family life, with the strength and depth of relationships depending on the degree of your adaptability.
Many students cherish their homestay experience as one of the most rewarding aspects of their London experience and remain lifelong friends with their host family.
Your host family will provide furnished accommodation with linens plus 7 breakfasts (self help) and 4 dinners per week in addition to 2 weekly washloads of laundry.
Normally, two students are housed together, in single or double bedrooms. You can request to be housed alone, but that option may not always be available.
All requests i.e. dietary, allergies, medical, preferences are taken into consideration.
You will live in the London suburbs experiencing the typical London commute of between 45-75 minutes each way.
Accommodation ranges from a bedroom in an apartment to terraced, semi-detached, or detached houses with easy access to shopping centers, libraries, parks, leisure, and sports facilities.
Whether you stay for a semester or a quarter your AHA fee spans your entire stay including the one week mid-term break: you don’t have to travel but can stay home and explore London if you want to!
Semester and Quarter students can choose independent housing in London and arrange to stay in an independently owned residence hall or apartment. (Please note that some U.S. universities have restrictions on students securing their own housing. If you are unsure please contact the study abroad advisor at your home university).
Staying in a residence hall gives you the freedom to select your own accommodations, and to be housed within central London.
If you choose independent housing, you will be responsible for completing all arrangements on your own and must have signed a lease by the deadline, or will be placed in an AHA homestay and charged the AHA homestay fee.
The amenities offered in residence halls and apartments vary, and tend to be more expensive than living in a homestay.