Residential Life

Residential life is an important component of our program with residence halls serving as a central meeting place for students. Our residential counselors sponsor recreational activities such as ping pong tournaments, card games, and movie nights, in addition to weekly American Forum discussions.

We encourage all students to review the Residential Life policies.

Checking In and Out

You will have access to your residence hall for the full length of your program. If you plan to arrive early, your room may be available for an additional cost. Please contact our office to learn more. We are not able to accommodate students in the residence halls after the conclusion of our programs. You can check out beginning on the last Friday of your program and must be checked out by 10 a.m. on the last Saturday.

Dates by Program

Please be mindful of these dates when planning your travel.

Check In
Check Out
English Today High School July 14-15 August 3-4
English Today 4-Week July 14-15 August 10-11
English Today 6-Week June 30-July 1 August 10-11
Institute for International Scholars June 30-July 1 August 10-11

We are able to provide transportation to the airport for your departure with at least 1 week of advanced notice. To arrange transportation, please contact our office and provide your flight information.


Each room in the residence hall is furnished with a bed, desk, and chair. You will also be provided with bed linens, a blanket, a pillow, small towels, a desk lamp, and a fan. Your linens can be changed once per week.

Single-sex community bathrooms are located on each hall. All residence halls have a lounge with a television, laundry facilities, and a security desk open 24 hours a day.


Each residence hall is equipped with coin- and card-operated washing machines and dryers. The Conference and Event Services office in Harleston Hall provides complimentary laundry detergent, but some students choose to purchase their own. The office also has irons and ironing boards available to borrow as needed.

A single load of laundry costs $1.25 using a JumboCash card or $1.50 using quarters. We recommend that you purchase a JumboCash card when you arrive on campus. Program staff will provide additional details about JumboCash cards during orientation. 


Our goal with program housing is to encourage cultural exchange and expose students to different ways of thinking. With that in mind, we make every effort to pair roommates from different cultures and geographical areas. To encourage the use of English in the residence halls, students who speak the same native language will not be housed together.

If you are attending a program with one of your friends and would like to be assigned to the same residence hall, you should both reach out to the program office in advance to make this request.

Changing Rooms

In rare cases, you may need to change your room assignment. You should first speak to your Resident Counselor and the Program Director who will work with you to determine the best course of action. Room changes are not permitted during the first two weeks of the program. Changing rooms without written permission from the Program Director will result in a $200 penalty.

Single Rooms

Single rooms are available for an additional charge and must be requested in advance. Please note that students in the English Today High School program are not permitted to have single rooms.

Single Room Fee

Room Fee
English Today 4-Week $240
English Today 6-Week $360
Institute for International Scholars $360

Non-Resident (Commuter) Students

Some of the students in your program may be commuting to campus instead of living in the residence halls. We encourage you to get to know these students and include them in your plans whenever possible. We encourage commuter students to participate in workshops and activities.

Please note, commuter students are not permitted in the English Today High School program.


Students under the age of 18 in the English Today programs must abide by our curfew policy, signing in and out of the residence halls after 7 p.m. and indicating the destination on the sign-out sheet. You must return to the residence hall by the following times:

Sunday - Thursday
Friday and Saturday
English Today High School 9 p.m. 9:30 p.m.
English Today 4-Week and 6-Week 12 a.m. 12:30 a.m.

Failure to abide by the curfew and sign-in policy is considered a serious violation of community rules. Students violating these regulations are subject to disciplinary action, which may result in the suspension or dismissal from housing and your program.

Keys and Lockouts

You will receive a set of keys for your room in the residence hall. You should always lock your room and keep your key with you at all times. All your valuables should be kept in your room. We do not provide storage for valuables in our office.

After the first week of the program, you will be charged a $5 fee if your are locked out of your room and a staff member is required to assist you with access. A fee of $75 will be charged for a lost set of keys.

Hall Meetings

Periodically, your Resident Counselor will schedule required hall meetings for all residents. At these meetings you will learn about upcoming activities and may discuss and concerns about residential life and programming. These meetings offer a chance to take a break from studies and have fun with your peers.