Housing & Meals
The King's Cross residence hall is a wheelchair accessible building located in central London near the King's Cross station. Students can expect to commute 10-25 minutes by bus or subway or 20-30 minutes walking from the residence hall to the IES Abroad London Center for classes.
Two students will share a double room in the residence hall. Each room contains two beds, two writing desks, and two wardrobes and a shared, private bathroom with toilet, sink, and shower. Rooms include broadband internet access, and there is wireless internet in many of the communal parts of the building.
Students will share kitchens with other residents. All kitchens are equipped with basic cooking equipment. In addition to basic utensils and dishes, students will share a lockable fridge, cabinet storage, a dishwasher, two stovetops, and two ovens. The kitchen is also furnished with a dining area. Many students living in the hall choose to cook for themselves, since they have fully-equipped kitchens. There is also a café on site serving hot and cold meals.
There are laundry facilities and common lounges on various floors. Students will also have access to a fitness center.
Although there is a small café in the residence hall, there is no meal plan for the residence hall. Students will be provided with a monthly living stipend to cover the costs of most meals and a transportation pass. Since students have access to fully-equipped kitchens in the residence hall, students typically cook most meals for themselves. Grocery stores, cafés, and restaurants are within walking distance of the residence hall. (Please note that the living stipend is meant to cover most meals and public transportation. However, students should budget some personal funds to cover eating out, taxis, books, etc.)
“We bought our own food and every night we would walk around the residence hall to see what other people had cooked and share stories from that day.”
— Emery Matson, Class of 2014, studied on the London FYE program in fall 2010
The residence hall has 24-7 security coverage with an electronic key-card entry system, and the front desk in the reception area is staffed 24 hours a day. Also, there is a dedicated Skidmore program assistant (typically a student that has just graduated from Skidmore) living in the residence hall with the students. These security measures and staff help ensure that students are safe within their living environment.
Our students’ health is very important. For that reason, Skidmore provides basic international health insurance coverage. If a student should have a medical issue during the semester abroad, the staff at IES and Skidmore’s faculty directors will help facilitate medical referrals.