Students are offered the option of living in a shared homestay, or for a supplement, in a shared apartment with kitchenette.
Students selecting the homestay option will be placed with another AIFS student in a residential area of London within 30-45 minutes commuting distance of the Study Center. It should be noted that these placements are not necessarily with families—often single parents or single people act as hosts. Typical accommodations are in a twin-bedded room with other facilities shared with the host.
This arrangement offers considerable contact with the local people while maintaining independence. Students have their own keys and can use the kitchen at mutually convenient times. Students will be expected to adapt to the hosts and their way of life. Breakfasts are provided five days a week.
Students selecting this option normally will be housed in the Kensington or Marylebone areas, 30-40 minutes by underground from the Study Center. Apartments vary in layout and may consist of a lounge, several shared bedrooms (twin and/or triples, some with bunk beds) and a shared kitchen and bathroom. AIFS provides a resident staff member in some buildings.