FAQ about the AIU Study Abroad Program

Housing FAQ

Here are some answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the housing that is available during your study abroad experience at American InterContinental University.

If you have a question that is not addressed here, we invite you to contact us or call 1.800.255.6839.

Questions about Housing in the AIU Study Abroad Program

What does the Housing Office do?
How are the accommodations allocated?
What type of housing exists?
What is provided in the flats?
Is the housing on campus?

Am I required to live in AIU housing?
Will I have a roommate?
Do I need to bring sheets and towels?
Does my flat have a phone and TV?
Is Internet access available in my flat?

Are laundry facilities available in my flat?
When do I find out where I am living and who my roommates are?
How many people will be sharing my flat?
Can I request my roommate?
Is there a meal plan?

How far is the housing from campus?
Is there a security guard on site?
What is my mailing address?
Do I need to bring hangers, iron and ironing board, or vacuum cleaner?

My friend is coming to visit; can he/she stay with me if my roommates say it's okay?
Can I use an adaptor?
Can I check into housing early?
Are single rooms available?
Do I get my own bathroom?
I am staying at AIU for multiple terms. Can I stay in my housing between terms?

Where are the Halls in relation to the University Teaching Buildings?
How much does it cost to get to classes from the Halls?
Does AIU provide storage?
I have lots of clothes, is there storage in the bedrooms?
I'm worried about finding my way around. What do I do?
What if I want to leave University Halls midway though the term?

What does the AIU London Housing Office do?
AIU London's Housing Office is located on the 2nd floor of 110 Marylebone High Street, London. Run by the Housing Director, it deals with all day-to-day housing inquiries ranging from University Halls of Residence through to private sector housing. The Housing Office places students in university halls, enforces housing regulations and is responsible for the resident assistants. The Housing Office has an open-door policy.
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How are the accommodations allocated?
Once you have returned a signed Lease Agreement, read and agreed with the code of conduct, and signed a Housing Questionnaire, the Housing Office will process your forms. The housing questionnaire is vital if we are going to place you with people who have preferences similar to yours.

Late applicants may find that choices are limited and will be placed accordingly to where space exists. Halls can often fill to capacity; therefore, late applicants may be placed on a waiting list.
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What type of housing exists?
The AIU Study Abroad Program offers apartment-style housing. The flats house anywhere from 4-8 students. Each building (and flat) may vary in size and design due to different building styles and locations, although they should all have similar facilities. Students may have own bathrooms, or share 1-2 bathrooms with other students in a flat. All apartments are fully furnished, with a kitchen and a common living area. The housing exists predominantly in the Camden Town area, although once full to capacity, AIU London can use accommodation in Bloomsbury or Farringdon and other outlying areas.
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What is provided in the flats?
Each flat comes with a refrigerator, stove, microwave, cookware, dishes and flatware. Depending on location, bedrooms contain either a ¾-size double bed or a single bed; a wardrobe; and either a study desk or a nightstand for each student. Students are also provided with bed linens, pillows, sheets and one set of towels. Please note: Students must provide their own toiletries, cleaning products, etc.
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Is the housing on campus?
AIU secures housing through a third-party leasing agent. Some housing locations are closer to campus than others, but all are near public transportation.
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Am I required to live in AIU housing?
Students are not required to live in AIU housing and are welcome to explore alternative accommodations. We ask all students securing independent housing to notify us of their plans as soon as possible.

The Housing Office has a brochure on independent housing and can provide you with a range of information about private housing in London. The AIU London Housing Office has lists, advertisements and email addresses of properties for rent and can look over contracts before they are signed to try and identify any loopholes, point out student responsibilities, etc. Please contact the AIU London Housing Office for recommended resources and information on securing independent housing in London.
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Will I have a roommate?
Depending on housing allocation, some students may share a room with at least one other student. At Beaumont Court, our Camden Town housing location, all rooms are single bedrooms. In our housing locations in Bloomsbury, Farringdon and other locations, bedrooms are either double or triple share. All students will share the flat with at least 4 other students.
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Do I need to bring sheets and towels?
No. Bed linens, pillows, sheets and one set of towels are provided to each student. Many students opt to bring additional towels.
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Does my flat have a phone and TV?
A flat screen television, DVD player and public coin-operated telephone are provided in the common area of the main building at Beaumont Court. In our housing locations in Bloomsbury, Farringdon and other locations, a telephone and TV are provided in the common area of the flat. Calls at these locations can only be made to emergency services and toll-free numbers. The telephones may receive incoming calls, but students must use a calling card with a toll-free (0800) access number for the UK to make all outgoing calls. Cards may be purchased cheaply in the airport and are also available at nearby news-stands, Internet cafes and stores.
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Is Internet access available in my flat?
Internet access is available in the flats either through wireless access or via a data network cable (the network cable is provided). The internet connection costs are included in the housing fees for all AIU London Housing locations.
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Are laundry facilities available in University housing?
Yes, there are shared laundry facilities in each housing location. Depending on housing allocation, laundry facilities may have an additional cost. Students must provide their own laundry detergent. Students allocated to Beaumont Court have an additional laundry fee of £2 for a wash and £1 for a dry.
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When do I find out where I am living and who my roommates are?
Prior to arrival, students will receive housing information with a confirmation of location, “how to get there details”, and other specific information on the housing and surrounding area. Students receive their detailed room allocations and roommate/flat-mate information upon arrival in London at housing check-in.
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How many people will be sharing my flat?
The flats vary in size and can accommodate anywhere from 4-8 students.
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Can I request my roommate?
Students may request to live with their friends. The Housing staff in London will make every effort to honor these requests. It is important to submit roommate requests early so arrangements can be made in advance.
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Is there a meal plan?
AIU does not offer a meal plan. Each flat has a fully-equipped kitchen for students to cook and store their own food. The kitchens come with a refrigerator, stove, microwave, cookware, dishes and flatware.
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How far is the housing from campus?
There are several different housing locations for AIU students. Most are within a 2-mile radius of campus.
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Is there a security guard on site?
The larger sites have either a security guard on site or a patrol that circulates around the buildings. Resident Assistants also live in or near the accommodations.
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What is my mailing address?
All mail should be addressed to the main university address provided below. Students will be shown where they can pick up their mail during Orientation.

American InterContinental University—London
110 Marylebone High Street
Attn: Student's Name - Study Abroad
London, England W1U 4RY
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Do I need to bring hangers, iron and ironing board, or vacuum cleaner?
Students do not need to bring hangers. All wardrobes contain hangers. Irons and ironing boards are provided. Vacuum cleaners are provided, and a cleaning service performs light cleaning in the common areas of flats on a weekly basis. Students are responsible for cleaning their own rooms.
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My friend is coming to visit; can he/she stay with me if my roommates say it's okay?
As stated in the Housing Rules and Regulations agreement, overnight guests are not permitted in AIU accommodations. All guests must have left the accommodation by 11 p.m. If you need a list of hotels and hostels close to the accommodation, please ask your advisor or contact the housing office directly.
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Can I use an adaptor?
Many students use adaptors/converters successfully in their flats. Adaptors are less expensive to purchase in the U.S., as nearly everything is more expensive in London.

Hairdryers from home typically blow out on first use, even with an adaptor. Flatmates often go in together and buy inexpensive dryers once they are in London and save extra space in their luggage!

For expensive electronics such as computers and cameras, students should consult the retailer or manufacturer about appropriate adaptors to make sure they avoid ruining their equipment. AIU London cannot be held liable for electrical faults or damage to personal equipment/property.
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Can I check into housing early?
Students may not check into housing early. If you are arriving prior to the housing check-in date, plan to secure independent accommodations until you are able to check-in.
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Are single rooms available?
Depending on housing allocation, preferences and availability, single rooms may be available for study abroad students. All rooms in Beaumont Court, our Camden Town housing location, are single rooms with their own bathroom and shower. At our other housing locations all students will share rooms and bathrooms. If you feel you would not be comfortable with AIU housing arrangements, you are encouraged to pursue independent accommodations.
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Do I get my own bathroom?
Those residing in Beaumont Court will have their own bathroom and shower (en-suite). All other flats have at least 1 or 2 bathrooms, with shower, sink, toilets, and limited shelf space. Bathrooms are shared by a maximum of four/five people, with the average ration being three students to each bathroom.
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I am staying at AIU for multiple terms. Can I stay in my housing between terms?
Yes, you may remain in AIU accommodations between terms. An additional housing fee, billed on a weekly basis, will be charged to your student account. You may be relocated to another flat over the vacation period. If you are planning to stay in housing between terms, please notify the Housing Office as soon as possible to make arrangements in advance.
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Where are the Halls in relation to the University Teaching Buildings?
Teaching buildings are located on and around Marylebone High Street, with the main building based at 110 Marylebone High Street. The Halls are located either in Camden Town, Bloomsbury, Farringdon or other outlying areas of London.

From Camden Town it is approximately a 30 – 40 minute walk to the main building. A number of buses run every 10 minutes from near the housing location and drop of close walking distance to the University. The average trip by bus to the University from Beaumont Court is 25 minutes door to door.

From Bloomsbury it is a 20- to 25-minute walk to the teaching buildings. Number 7 buses run every 10 minutes and drop off on Oxford Street.

Farringdon is approximately a 45-minute walk to Marylebone; again busses run regularly up to Oxford Street.
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How much does it cost to get to classes from the Halls?
Walking is free! The Bus fare is approximately £1 (with Oyster card) or £2 (without Oyster card) from either location. On the London underground (Tube), a single ticket from Bloomsbury and Farringdon costs £1.50 (with Oyster card) or £4.00 (with paper ticket) on the underground (Tube).
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Does AIU provide storage?
AIU London does not have storage facilities. The Housing Office can provide students with a list of contacts for storage places within the local area and at the airports.
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I have lots of clothes, is there storage in the bedrooms?
There is limited space: a set of bedside drawers, a small wardrobe and restricted storage space beneath the bed.
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I'm worried about finding my way around? What do I do?
In the evening of your arrival day, the RAs will escort you by public transport or walk you to the University and then to the welcome event. A local neighborhood walking tour will also occur within the first few days, where local amenities and services will be pointed out. On the day after arrival, the RAs will escort you to the teaching buildings and provide you with a thorough Housing Orientation. Student Services staff will then give you a tour of the campus and the surrounding area during Orientation. A local map, bus map and tube map of London will be included in your housing pack on arrival to the University housing at Check-In.
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What if I want to leave University Halls midway though the term?
The housing agreement you sign is legally binding, and therefore you are obligated to pay for the entire term's accommodation, even if you move out. Only under special circumstance will anyone be released with a refund.
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