We have two main housing venues in London, each located on the Underground's Northern Line and with a commute to class time of 30 – 60 minutes (great for London!). Both locations offer a comfortable, close-knit atmosphere with 24-hour live-in staff and free resident life events. You will live with other students on your program and, in some cases, participants on other Arcadia programs.
Our London Staff will assign you to the location that will make the most sense for your program. Our priority is to place you in housing that will support your studies and enable you to experience the local culture. Housing is selected by Arcadia based on these factors, in addition to considering safety, security and cost.
- Thoresby House: Located between the trendy areas of Shoreditch and Angel, Thoresby House is surrounded by modern developments in an area of the city that gives easy access to some of the most fashionable and dynamic neighborhoods in the city. You’ll live in a single or larger shared twin room, with each floor having its own cooking facilities, communal area and bathrooms.
- Princess Elizabeth House: Situated in a prestigious residential area close to Highgate Village, this residence was renovated in 2016 to create modern, comfortable, student housing. The building is made up of shared flats and studios, with a limited number of single rooms. With all modern fixtures and high speed internet, the commute is worthwhile for the comfortable housing with nearby shops, grocery stores, pubs and restaurants available just a short walk away.
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.
Please note that meals are not included in any of our housing, so you will have to budget for food and brush up on your culinary skills!
Academic Year students may not stay in Arcadia housing during winter break. Speak with your Program Manager if you plan to stay in London during the winter break because you will need to make alternative arrangements.
Very Important Additional Points
- Students with serious health concerns should notify their Program Manager during the application process and indicate any space needs on their housing preference form.
- Arcadia reserves the right to alter or change housing options at any time should circumstances warrant.
- 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, furnishings, or facilities.
- Individual space, personal comfort, and social norms play a different role in England than in the United States. Housing usually features central heating and in-house hot water tanks that work on timed immersion systems for both economic and environmental savings.
- Arcadia will provide each student with a pillow and a duvet; you will be responsible for your own bed linens. Your packing space will be limited, so we do not recommend bringing these materials with you in your luggage. There is free time on the day you arrive and during orientation for you to purchase these. Arcadia staff will be able to direct you to local shops.
- Your Program Manager will send you information and instructions about how to order a Student Oyster Card for travel on the public transport system in London approximately 3 weeks prior to your arrival in the UK.
- Read more about General Housing in England.