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Is there an age requirement to apply for accommdation?
Generally 18 is the minimum age, but in exceptional circumstances the Dean can authorise accommodation for younger applicants.
Can British students apply?
Yes, we encourage British students to apply as part of our mission of exposing international students to British people and vice versa.
Who can apply for long-term accommodation?
Students in full-time education at an accredited university or college in London can apply for long-term accommodation. You can also apply if you are taking an internship or placement in London as part of your university course, but you will need to provide a document detailing your salary if the position is paid.
What do you count as full-time education?
Anything over 20 hours a week counts as full-time education.
When will I know if my application has been successful?
The admissions panel has a set of criteria that it applies to prospective residents in order to maintain the ethos and feeling of ISH. The panel meets in May, June and July to determine September’s intake. Provided your application is in before the panel meets, you will either be immediately accepted or put into the applicant pool for future consideration. Candidates will be kept updated regularly throughout this process.
How will you tell me if my application is successful?
Successful applicants will have an accommodation offer emailed to them.
What are the catering options for long-term residents?
The Common Room in Great Portland Street serves breakfast and dinner. Lunches are available in The Thirsty Scholar on weekdays. Great Portland Street has two large communal kitchens containing multiple ovens, hobs, fridges, freezers, sinks and lockers as well as preparation and dining space. There's also a smaller fully equipped kitchen in GPS, and each corridor has its own kitchenette containing a microwave, kettle and sink.
When are your terms?
Our terms run from September-end of December, January-end of March and April-middle of June.
Can I stay in ISH over the summer?
There is limited long-term accommodation over summer as we take external groups. Current residents with written confirmation from their place of study detailing why they require summer accommodation can apply for a room.
What are the long-term prices?
Our rates change each September.
Why do you have two long-term rates?
The first rate covers your first 30 days. The second rate is valid for the rest of your stay.
How do I pay for my room?
You can pay for accommodation in two instalments. For residents arriving in September, the first half must be paid before arrival and the remainder paid before December 1st that year. For residents arriving in January and April, full payment is required in advance.
Do I need to pay a deposit?
All residents must pay a £600 security deposit upon arrival. This is refunded when you leave providing all financial commitments you make to ISH are met and there is no damage to fix.
What's a "verification of financial support"?
This confirms how you'll pay for your room. If a loan, grant or scholarship covers your expenses then we need a photocopy of all documents confirming this. If your parents are covering the expense we need a letter advising that they will handle your payments. If you are paying for your room yourself, photocopies of the past two months’ recent bank statements will do.
Will I get good internet?
ISH has a fast fibre optic connection. All rooms have internet access through WiFi and Ethernet ports, and WiFi is available in all the communal areas. Internet access is provided by Ask4 and Eduroam networks are also available via your university login.
How can I do my laundry?
Washing and drying machines are available and work on a card system. Pay a £5 refundable deposit for the laundry card, create an online account and add credit whenever necessary. An economy wash is £2.70 and an economy dry is £1.10. Residents have to buy their own laundry products, and irons and boards can be borrowed from reception.
What do I get in my room?
Every room has a fridge and washbasin, as well as a bed, desk, chair, lamp and wardrobe per person.
Do you provide bedding and towels for long-term residents?
We provide residents with bedding but you must wash it yourself. Residents are welcome to bring their bedclothes from home or buy some if they prefer the style or feel. You need to bring your own towels.
Are the long-term rooms en suite?
We have a selection of single and twin rooms with en suite bathrooms, but not all long-term rooms offer this. Please be aware that single en suite rooms are very popular and will book out quickly.
Are the long-term rooms mixed gender?
No - all of our long-term shared rooms are single gender, but may be on a mixed floor.
How many people will I share with?
This depends on your room preferences and our availability. Most residents share a twin room, but a few rooms for four people are offered. Where bathroom facilities are shared, the maximum number of people sharing a toilet and shower is five.
Can I see a room before applying?
Provided that the room is empty, we can show rooms from 11:00-12:00 every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Please contact Accommodation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning +44 (0) 20 7631 8310 to arrange a viewing.
Can long-term residents have guests?
Long-term residents in single rooms can have a guest stay in their room for up to 3 days in a 7 day period.
What are the dates of the contract?
The contract start date changes each year depending on university terms. Our contracts are 40 weeks long and cover the academic year from September to June. The accommodation office will contact residents before the Christmas and Easter holidays - you do not have to move out, but you must tell ISH if you will be staying or going home over the holiday.
What's Alumni membership?
The alumni membership fee is included in your initial costs when you move in and covers lifetime membership of The Goats Club, our alumni association. See the Alumni pages on this site for more details of the benefits, opportunities and contacts that Goats offers.