Housing in London

Both of Arcadia’s housing locations in London are situated close to the Underground’s Northern Line, making the city’s many attractions easily accessible. Commuting from your housing to the London Center will take between 25 and 40 minutes, depending on where you reside.  Both locations offer a comfortable, community atmosphere where you will live with other students on Arcadia programs, allowing you to build friendships to share study abroad experiences.

When completing your housing application, you can request certain preferences of room type. The London staff will endeavor to find the right place for you based on your program and taking into consideration your preferences.

General Information for Both Residences

  •     Single and twin bedrooms with shared bathrooms per flat
  •     Live-in Residence Life Assistants
  •     Self-catered housing with no meal plan
  •     Communal lounges and kitchens
  •     WiFi
  •     On-site laundry facilities
  •     Bed-linen, a towel, kitchen utensils, crockery, ironing board, and iron are provided

More about Arcadia in London

Thoresby Tour
Princess Elizabeth House Tour
Thoresby House


Located between the popular cultural districts of Shoreditch and Angel, Thoresby House is nestled amongst sleek modern developments, converted nineteenth century warehouses and factories.  The location provides easy access to some of the most fashionable and dynamic neighborhoods in the city. In the residence, there is a mix of single and twin bedrooms with each floor sharing bathrooms, kitchens, and communal area. The number of students per floor can vary from 8 to 9 students. With an additional space for communal study. The commute time is estimated to be 25-30 minutes by tube to the Arcadia London Center. The nearest tube stations from Thoresby House are Angel and Old Street, which are located in Zone 1. 


Princess Elizabeth House is located in the city's wealthy residential neighborhood of Highgate, within easy reach of Archway. Whilst being within the city, it benefits from being close to numerous green spaces such as Waterlow Park, Highgate woods and Hampstead Heath. Highgate village and Archway provide plenty of places to shop, eat, drink and socialize.   

The residence consists of a mix of single and twin bedrooms in shared apartments that vary from 3 to 17 students; there is also a number of single and twin occupancy studio apartments. The commute from Princess Elizabeth House to the Arcadia London Center is roughly 40 minutes by tube. The nearest tube station is Archway, located in Zone 2.

Important Additional Points

  • Meals are not included in either housing option, so you will have to budget for groceries and prepare your own meals.
  • Academic Year students can not stay in Arcadia housing during the winter break. Speak with your Program Advisor if you plan to stay in London during this period as they can advise on alternative arrangements.
  • Students with serious health concerns should notify their Program Advisor during the application process and indicate any specific needs on their housing preference form.
  • Every room is different and unique. While Arcadia ensures that all rooms satisfy our general standards, we cannot guarantee uniformity of apartment and room sizes, furnishings, or facilities.
  • Arcadia reserves the right to alter or change housing options at any time should circumstances warrant.
  • Your packing space will be limited, so we recommend not bringing bed linens or towels with you. Basic bedding such as a towel, pillow, pillowcase, bottom sheet, duvet and duvet cover will be provided. If you wish to purchase your own additional bedding or home goods there will be free time during your orientation. Arcadia staff will be able to direct you to local shops.
  • Additional housing is arranged each term, as needed. We aim to provide similar locations and housing types to our regular venues. While we ensure all housing satisfies general standards, there is no way to guarantee uniformity of apartment and room sizes, distance from university, furnishings or facilities.

Arcadia guarantees housing in all programs. For additional information on Arcadia housing, please see the England Housing page.