Study Abroad in London, England - University College London

Living Abroad

AIFS in London Resident Director, Summer Program

AIFS Resident Director

Sarah Plumley

Phone: (44) 207 636 0761

Born and raised on the north-Norfolk coast in the east of England, I studied French and Spanish at university, and was fortunate to spend my third year studying abroad in Barcelona and Paris, which was an incredible experience. I have worked for AIFS since graduation, and have worked on our customized study abroad programs in Spain and France, and now in London. I am fascinated by the U.S., and this summer ticked off my 26th state while road-tripping up the East Coast. (24 to go!) In my spare time I like going to live comedy and concerts, finding new brunch spots in the city, baking, and planning my next travel adventure! I love living in north London and working in Bloomsbury, and can't wait to share the best of the capital with you while you're studying at UCL!

AIFS Campus Staff with First Aid Training

Because health and safety are top priorities at AIFS, at least one member of the staff at this campus has taken a first aid course in order to be available to help any student until a doctor or nurse can provide help. This is just one of many services that we provide to our students.

Housing and Meals


  • Students are housed in double rooms with local homestay families. For a supplement of $895 per 3-week session you can choose to live in a residence with other students.


  • Homestay students receive daily breakfast in the homestay and will have access to the kitchen for preparing other meals. Students in both homestays and residences receive a meal allowance to subsidize the cost of purchasing lunch or dinner Monday through Friday. The meal allowance is provided in the form of a debit card for use in local grocery stores and restaurants. This is a subsidy and will not cover the cost of meals in expensive restaurants.

UCL Facilities

You will study in Bloomsbury, the academic district of central London. You will have access to the UCL campus for classrooms, 17 subject libraries, computer labs and cafés, while being moments from the AIFS Bloomsbury Student Center with further computer and printing facilities and the AIFS Resident Director and her team. With the British Museum, British Library and many other London institutions on the doorstep, Bloomsbury provides plenty of inspiration as well as being walking distance from Regent’s Park and the vibrant Covent Garden and Soho for shopping and entertainment.

Cultural Activities

Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you get a true taste of British life and culture the AIFS staff organizes an active social and cultural program. A guided city tour is included in the program fee – see Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London.

Other events are offered which are subsidized from student fees so students pay a much lower rate than they would if they bought tickets directly from local theaters and tour agencies.

Last year’s activities in London included:

  • Jack the Ripper, Rock Music, Street Art and Royal London walking tours
  • Rugby and cricket matches
  • Day trip to the Royal Derby horse racing
  • River boat cruise along the Thames
  • Performance at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Theater performances of Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, and the Woman in Black
  • Ballet performance of Romeo and Juliet
  • Traditional afternoon tea

Please note that students pay a small additional fee for some of the activities above.

Besides arranged activities, there are a wide range of events taking place in and around London during the summer, such as the Ascot races, Wimbledon tennis tournament, Henley Royal Regatta, rock concerts, theater in the parks and much, much more. Information on these events will be made available to students upon arrival in London.

If you are studying on a customized, faculty-led program through your home institution, please visit AIFS Customized Faculty-Led for details.