Every semester since the London Center first opened in 1972, students arrive in London, tired but excited to begin their upcoming semester abroad - but first, they must find a place to live. Although the Ithaca College London Center does not provide housing for fall and spring students, the staff offers support and guidance to students to ensure that they find appropriate accommodations before the start of the semester. Students spend the first few nights in a hotel while looking for possible housing options along with their flatmates. The London Center staff has experience helping students find accommodations and will provide lists of landlords and letting agents (i.e. housing providers) used by previous students.
Students come to find that securing a flat upon arrival in London is the cheapest housing option, but they should be prepared to commute as housing in zone 2 (and beyond) is less expensive than housing closer to the Center. Apart from keeping costs down, another advantage of taking part in the 'Flat Hunt' is that students have the opportunity to see different parts of the city and immerse themselves in British culture. Some providers may also have slightly cheaper accommodation in less central areas of London.