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First-Year Experience in London

Housing & Meals

The Stay Club Entrance

The Stay Club

Students will live in the Stay Club, a safe and modern student residence in Kentish Town. Students will room with other Skidmore students on the London FYE program. The residence hall is home to nearly 900 students, including American study abroad students, British students, and international students from around the world. The Stay Club is a wheelchair accessible building located in central London near the Kentish Town station. Students can expect to commute 30 minutes by bus or subway or 50 minutes walking from the residence hall to the IES Abroad London Center for classes. 

Two students will share a premium studio (double occupancy) in the Stay Club. If there is an uneven number of students, someone may be assigned to a single room. Each room contains two beds (bunked), two writing desks, two wardrobes, a kitchenette, 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.

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The Stay Club, bunked bed

Premium Studio Room at the Stay Club

Each room contains a kitchenette. All kitchenettes are equipped with basic cooking equipment. In addition tobasic utensils and dishes, students will share a fridge/freezer, microwave, and an electric cooktop/stove. Many students living in the hall choose to cook for themselves. There is also a café on site serving hot and cold meals. 

There are common lounges on various floors, private and group study spaces, and laundry facilities in the basement. Students also have access to a fitness center.

Although there is a 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 local transportation pass. Since students have a kitchenette in their room, 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.)

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.

Keeping Healthy

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.