London is a large city, so all students can expect to use public transportation (i.e. tube or bus) to move around the city on a daily basis, both getting to school and for social/cultural activities. It is a part of life in London. Generally, it will take students 20-45 minutes to get to school from their housing. All housing will be located in Zones 1 and 2 on the tube map.
Students will be housed in privately owned student accommodations, that include quality furnishings and areas for socializing. The kitchens are equipped with ovens, stoves, microwaves, and refrigerators. Wireless Internet is provided in all flats. A weekly cleaning service is provided to the communal kitchen/living areas in all API London accommodations.
We are unable to take housing requests. Students will be placed in one of the following three options based on availability and their API program:
Lady Margaret – Kentish Town
The accommodation building is a 4-story, 8-bedroom period townhouse shared among 16 students in double rooms with two single beds in each room. All bedrooms have private bathrooms. The kitchen is a large, shared space with a seating area and TV. Cooking utensils and crockery are provided. Bed linens are also provided but towels are not. There is a free washer and dryer in the building. Students are responsible for cleaning their own bedrooms and bathrooms.
Lady Margaret is located on a quiet residential street within Kentish Town where there are numerous cafes, shops, restaurants, and pubs. All the benefits of the bustling, vibrant area of Camden Town are a short walk away, as are the delights of the large ancient park of Hampstead Heath. The accommodations are a 5-minute walk from the Kentish Town tube stop, where students are able to take the Northern Line into Central London. The travel time from Lady Margaret to the API office is 20-25 minutes, and the travel time to the Westminster Regent campus, Central Saint Martins, and London College of Fashion is 20-30 minutes. Past students have been pleased with this location, as it offers both a quiet neighborhood and easy access to Central London.
Alexander Fleming – Old Street (Semester Westminster Students Only)
This accommodation is run by the University of Westminster. Semester (not summer) students attending The University of Westminster who are not based at the Harrow campus are likely to be placed here.
All bedrooms are singles and students are placed in flats in groups of four, six, or eight bedrooms with a shared kitchen and 2 or 3 bathrooms depending on the size of the flat. Kitchens are equipped with appliances but students will need to provide their own crockery and utensils. There are no laundry facilities within the building. Basic linens are provided but students will need to bring their own towels. There is a coin-operated launderette a 1-2 minute walk away.
Single-gender flats are not the norm in the UK and are therefore highly uncommon. It is most likely you will be in a co-ed flat. Your flatmates may vary from other API students to British students, international students or mature students, but all of your flatmates will be studying at the University of Westminster. Flatmate preferences are impossible to guarantee.
Alexander Fleming Hall is situated in a lively, fashionable area of east London that is known for its vibrant nightlife. As well as numerous bars and clubs, there are also many shops, cafes, restaurants and various markets nearby. The travel time from Alexander Fleming Hall to the University of Westminster is 20-30 minutes by tube. The travel time to the API office is 30 minutes by tube.
Acorn – Bloomsbury
The accommodation buildings are Georgian 18th-century townhouses and are laid out in flats, with 3-11 students within each flat. Standard rooms will be doubles or triples within a co-ed flat or on a co-ed floor. Single bedrooms are extremely limited and cannot be guaranteed. Each flat will have a fully equipped kitchen, including crockery and utensils. Bed linens and towels are provided and there are free laundry facilities in all buildings.
Acorn housing is situated on the Duke of Bedford’s Estate, between Russell Square and Bloomsbury Square and within walking distance of the many attractions of London’s West End including just a 3-minute walk to the British Museum and the API office. The travel time from Acorn to the API office, as well as FSU, is a 10-minute walk, and the travel time to the Westminster Harrow campus is a 45-50 minute tube ride.
Note: Housing between the fall and spring semesters is not included. Meals are not included in these housing options.