Housing: CAPA students have two options for housing. You may choose to live in an apartment in student residences scattered throughout the city or you may choose to live in a homestay.
Student Residences: Apartments/flats are shared by two to eight students relative to the size of the accommodation. Generally there will be two to three students per bedroom. All apartments are single sex, though buildings may be co-ed. Student residences are located throughout Greater London within a 45-minute commute via bus or subway (Tube) to the CAPA Center. Neighborhoods in London can vary in culture and flavor as though they were different countries. Student apartments/residences offer the following:
Although all apartments will meet these criteria according to CAPA standards, it is virtually impossible to find apartments exactly alike in every way. Some may have a television or a small terrace; others will be closer to the city center or offer a larger kitchen. Because many buildings in London were built in previous centuries, there is also a great variety in terms of building exteriors and interiors. Some apartments are in modern blocks while others may be in apartments carved out of large Victorian homes, which have layouts that are a bit more quirky but with more character. Bear in mind that London apartments are not as spacious as those in the U.S., and will definitely be smaller than what you are accustomed to. Laundry may be available in your residence (coin-operated machines), or at a nearby laudromat.
Homestay: London homestays are not usually in central London as families generally prefer to live in outlying residential areas. Specifically, most homestays are located in zone 3 on the subway system (Tube). Your homestay will include a double room shared with another study abroad student, breakfast and dinner, bedding, and laundry. Internet is NOT guaranteed. Keep in mind that British homes are generally much smaller than U.S. homes, and you will be expected to share the bathroom. A homestay can be both challenging and immensey rewarding. International Programs recommends that you consult with an advisor in our office about the homestay experience if you are interested in this housing option.
Meals: Students living in apartments will receive a meal stipend of £40 per week. The meal stipend will be available every Monday, and students will need to sign for it each week at the CAPA London Study Center. Keep in mind that this credit is based on the cost of groceries, not on the cost of eating three meals a day out! The kitchens in the apartments are ready to be used and we strongly encourage students to cook with their flatmates on a regular basis.
Orientation: An extensive orientation program (three days) introduces students to the London staff, the CAPA London Centre, the courses and academics, the city of London and British culture. The orientation also includes a panoramic London tour and a walking tour of Kensington, where the CAPA London Centre is located. To conclude the orientation period, students will be invited to an arrival reception with CAPA staff, typically at a local restaurant or pub. The event will include light hors d’ouvers, and the occasion will be marked by speeches from CAPA staff and / or faculty.
Activities and Excursions:
Life in London: London is a vibrant and diverse modern city with tons to see and do: museums, historic sites, concerts, theater, art, cultural performances, sporting events, beautiful parks and more. The central location of program housing makes London easily accessible, on foot, and by tube and bus. The program provides students with a transportation pass, usable on the Tube and buses. Time Out London is a student-favorite resource for events, reviews and things to do in London. We recommend purchasing a good guidebook for London (and the UK and/or Europe if you plan to travel) before departure—the Lonely Planet and Let’s Go series are popular with students.
CAPA London Center: The CAPA London Center is centrally located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in two adjoining Victorian townhouses. The CAPA London staff is on hand to ensure your program is academically invigorating and to provide support as you adapt to a new culture. The Center has fully equipped classrooms, a faculty office, a computer lab and resource room, the CAPAccino student lounge, wireless Internet access, and local library access. The campus is well served by public transportation, including three Underground lines and several bus routes, providing easy access to all parts of the city
Travel: Students who do choose to travel during free weekends, generally find it quite easy and cost-effective to travel in the UK and Europe. Within the UK, trains and buses are economical and offer many scheduled options. However, for weekend travel, students must figure in travel time, which might be significant. For destinations further afield, discount airlines like Ryan Air and Easy Jet, allow students to travel at low cost. Student hostels abound in the UK and Europe and offer inexpensive accommodations—plus websites with reviews now allow students to research hostels and even book ahead of time very easily.
"The London Internship Program was an excellent experience and I highly recommend it. While in London, I took classes two days a weeks at City University London, and worked at my internship the other days. Unlike the other Study Abroad Programs, the London Program incorporates both the internship and your academic studies at the same time, which I find really unique. I tried a little bit of everything London had to offer including the tube, the markets, the parks, and even a boat ride on the Thames. London is also a great hub for people who love to travel because it's so easy to get to nearby countries for the weekend. While abroad, I went to Paris and had a phenomenal time. In conclusion, I think the London Internship Program would be great for someone looking to earn academic credit and also get invaluable work experience at the same time. Cheers!"
--Hunter Hunsucker '13