Frequently Asked Questions

  • Amenities & Facilities

    What are the hours for the amenities at I-House?

    January 20, 2023

    The Main Lounge, HR Commons, the Map Lounge, the Dodge Room, the Frohlich Gymnasium, the Game Room and the Study Center are all open 24 hours, 7 days a week. The Dining Hall is open Monday-Friday for breakfast from 7:30-11:30am, lunch from 11:30am-2:00pm, and dinner from 6-9pm. On Saturdays, the Dining Hall is open for brunch from 9am-2pm. The Pub is open every Wednesday-Friday evening from 9pm-1am.
    LAUNDRY

    How much does laundry cost at I-House?

    January 20, 2023

    A small load of laundry costs $2.75, while a dry load will cost $0.85 to start and $0.25 per every 10 minutes after.

    How is laundry set up at I-House?

    January 20, 2023

    Both I-House South and North have their own laundry rooms with washers and dryers. International House provides many machines for our Residents.

    What are the mail room hours?

    January 20, 2023

    The mail room is open from Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM, and Saturdays from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

    Can I send myself a package for it to arrive before I’ve checked into I-House?

    January 20, 2023

    To send yourself a package to pick up upon arrival, residents must have paid their room reservation deposit and check in within one-week of delivery. We do not allow residents to send themselves packages greater than a week before move in.

    What are the hours for the Pub?

    January 20, 2023

    The Pub is open every Wednesday-Friday evening from 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM.

    Can residents apply to work at the pub?

    January 20, 2023

    Yes! Residents that are able to work in the US can apply to be a pubtender. This is the only job International House offers for residents.

    Is there storage available?

    January 20, 2023

    Storage spaces are available for rent for any I-House residents that will be returning after a brief period away from the House. To request a storage space, please visit the Claremont desk.

    I am moving into the House at the beginning of the Academic Year, but I am arriving in New York in the summer with different accommodations. Can I store my items in the beginning of the summer?

    January 20, 2023

    No. Prospective residents are not able to store their items prior to check-in.

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    How does the meal plan work at I-House?

    January 23, 2023

    There is a $5.75 per-day charge required for all residents, regardless of length of stay. That amount is given as dining credit on the resident’s ID, available for use as the resident wishes in the dining hall.

    Can I add more dining credit to my ID card?

    January 23, 2023

    Residents can always add more dining credit to their ID card at the Bursar Office.

    How is the food priced?

    January 23, 2023

    Prepared meals that rotate every meal are available for purchase by weight. Other options, like prepared sandwiches and grill options have set prices. A standard breakfast will cost approximately $3-$6; a typical lunch averages around $7-$10; an average dinner can cost anywhere from $9-$12.

    Will I be able to eat three meals in the dining hall with $5.75/day?

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    No. The $5.75/day charge will typically last a resident throughout about half of their stay if they are eating two meals a day in the dining hall. This policy comes with the understanding that most residents will eat many of their meals outside of International House

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    Does International House provide cleaning services for private rooms?

    January 23, 2023

    Cleaning services provided by our Housekeeping team are available for a fee.

    Is there central air conditioning in the rooms?

    January 23, 2023

    No, the House does not have central AC. In-window air conditioning units are available to rent from International House for the duration of your stay.

    Should I bring blankets or towels when I move in? What will be provided?

    January 23, 2023

    A bed, desk, chair, dresser, bookcase, lamp, ceiling fan, linens, blanket, pillow and towel are provided in room upon check in.

    How large are the beds in South? North?

    January 23, 2023

    The South building has twin XL beds, while the North building has full size beds.

    How many people share the bathrooms on each floor in the South Building?

    January 23, 2023

    Bathroom facilities are shared by 15-20 people on the same floor. Each bathroom has 3-4 toilets and 3-4 shower stalls.

    What is the average noise level on floors? Are there quiet hours?

    January 23, 2023

    Noise that disturbs others is prohibited at all times. Quiet hours are between 11:00 PM - 9:00 AM on all floors.

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  • Applying to I-House

    Should I complete an Academic Year or Summer application?

    January 23, 2023

    If your stay begins in the summer and extends through September, or if your stay begins in the Spring and extends into May, please complete an Academic Year application. If your stay is ONLY through May-August, and does not extend into September, please complete a Summer term application.

    I am scheduled to start my program/internship in New York, but I have not received the formal letter from my school or organization. Can I still complete my application for review?

    January 23, 2023

    Proof of eligibility is important for your application, and your application will not be considered complete without official documentation. Please refrain from submitting your application until you have uploaded all the proper documentation, as you will not receive a notification of admission if your application is incomplete. Your letter of eligibility must be from within 6 months of submission of your application and it must indicate your full name and the term or dates of your program/internship.

    Can I apply to live with my spouse/partner/family?

    January 23, 2023

    We allow for residents to live with spouses or families only in a Studio or a One-Bedroom North building apartment. To apply with a spouse/partner/family, complete the “Family Members” section of the application. The spouse should create a new application and fill out the personal information section, including the “Family Members” section. Children do not need to complete their own applications.

    Can I apply to bring a pet to the House?

    February 3, 2023

    Unfortunately, we do not allow pets at International House. Emotional support and service animals must be approved to live in the House. Please review our Disability Accommodations Policy for more information on this process.

    I want to live at I-House during the summer and the following academic year. I notice the summer ends on August 15 and the academic year begins on September 1. Do I have to move out for those two weeks?

    January 23, 2023

    If you are staying all summer and into the following academic year, you do not need to move out between August 15 and September 1. Later in the summer we will fill in the gap in your booking and your fall semester charges will begin on August 15.

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  • Arrival & Departure

    Can I change my arrival date?

    February 3, 2023

    Arrival dates can only be edited once a room reservation deposit has been submitted. Arrival date changes must be made 30 days in advance and are subject to approval based on occupancy by the Admissions Committee. You may only make one change to your arrival date.

    When can I check in after arriving in New York?

    February 3, 2023

    Check-in for new arrivals is Monday-Friday between 2:00pm-7:00pm, or Saturday between 9:00am-3:00pm with the Bursar.

    If you are anticipating arriving after business hours or on a Sunday, the Claremont Avenue desk is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and will provide you with a temporary ID that is valid for 3 days until you are able to formally complete check-in with the Bursar.

    What is the check-in process like upon arrival to I-House?

    February 3, 2023

    See the Accepted Applicants page for more information regarding our arrival procedure.

    Can I bring a guest to help me move in?

    February 3, 2023

    Yes, you may bring a guest to help you move in. 

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  • Booking & Rooms

    Should I submit an extension or a renewal if I would like to leave after my expected departure date?

    February 3, 2023

    If you would like to defer your departure ≤ 30 days, please submit an extension request.

    If you would like to renew your membership for a period ≥ 31 days, please submit a renewal request.

    Are summer extension and readmission the same?

    January 23, 2023

    No, they are not. If you wish to stay for any part of the summer and for the upcoming academic year you must complete both the summer extension process and the readmission application.

    I missed the summer extension deadline. Can I still extend?

    January 23, 2023

    You can request an extension anytime and we will do our best to honor the request.

    I want to leave at the end of the Academic Year and come back before the end of the Summer term to stay for the Academic Year. How do I inform you of that?

    January 23, 2023

    When completing the readmission application please indicate your return date, despite it being before the beginning of the Academic Year term. We will then set that date as your return date.

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    I want to live at I-House, but I cannot stay for the full term. Am I able to stay for less than the duration of the Academic Year/Summer term?

    January 23, 2023

    Yes! Our room rates are prorated, so residents can check in or out when it is necessary for their schedule.

    Does I-House require a minimum length of stay?

    January 23, 2023

    Yes, residents must stay at International House for a minimum of 30 days.

    Is there a maximum amount of time that I can live at International House?

    February 3, 2023

    So long as you continue to meet the eligibility requirements, you can live at International House for a maximum of three Academic Years. They do not have to be consecutive.

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    I want to leave at the end of the Academic Year and come back before the end of the Summer term to stay for the Academic Year. How do I inform you of that?

    January 23, 2023

    When completing the readmission application please indicate your return date, despite it being before the beginning of the Academic Year term. We will then set that date as your return date.

    I do not know if I will be in the New York for the upcoming Academic Year, but if I am I definitely want to stay at I-House. What should I do?

    January 23, 2023

    You should submit a readmission application for the academic year before the March 15 deadline. By submitting the application we will hold a room for you and you have until mid-July to complete your application and August 1 to fully commit.

    I missed the readmission deadline. What happens now?

    January 23, 2023

    You can still apply for readmission but your room may no longer be available and, depending on when you do apply, availability of rooms may be limited.

    If my plans change and I need to cancel my readmission application, when I do I have to tell the Admissions Office to avoid a penalty?

    January 23, 2023

    After your readmission application is approved you will be asked to pay a $600 room reservation payment which will be refundable until August 1. If you cancel before August 1 you will receive a refund of the room reservation payment. If you cancel after August 1 you will forfeit the full $600 room reservation payment.

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    How do I submit a room change request?

    January 20, 2023

    To submit a room change request for the Academic Year, please visit the Admissions Office and complete a Room Change Request Form. You will then be placed on a waitlist and notified if your desired room type becomes available during your stay.

    I want to have a different room next year, how do I select one?

    January 23, 2023

    When completing the readmission application skip the section that re-reserves your current room. You will be able to select your room from available rooms for the academic year after submitting your readmission application.

    I have chosen a new room for next year. When will I move?

    January 20, 2023

    If you are staying all summer and have chosen a new room for the academic year you can move into your new room as soon as it is available. The Admissions Office will contact you after April 1 to schedule your room change.

    Can I change rooms for the summer? What about the waiting list for a room in North that I have been on?

    January 20, 2023

    We do not allow for room changes during the Summer term.

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    I want to live at I-House during the summer and the following academic year. Should I submit a summer application?

    February 3, 2023

    No. If you are anticipating living at I-House during the summer and the following academic year, please submit an academic year application. In the application, you will be able to fill in your desired arrival date, which can be before the beginning of the fall term.

    I want to live at I-House all summer and next year. I notice the summer ends on August 15 and the academic year begins on September 1. Do I have to move out for those two weeks?

    January 27, 2023

    If you are staying all summer and into the following academic year you do not need to move out between August 15 and September 1. Later in the summer we will fill in the gap and your fall semester charges will begin on August 15.

    Can I leave for a short time in the summer without paying for my room while I am gone?

    January 27, 2023

    To avoid paying for your room while you are gone you must be gone a minimum of 40 days. During the period you are gone you need to completely remove all of your belongings and make the room available to someone else to stay there while you are gone. You may return to your room upon your return after 40 days.
    Please note that this is only offered during the summer term, and I-House does not allow residents to leave the House and come back to their same room during the winter months.

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    Do I have to move out during winter break if my Resident Membership Agreement extends through the spring?

    January 23, 2023

    No, you do not have to move out during winter break.

    Can I check out in December and arrive back to I-House in January without paying for my room fees?

    January 23, 2023

    No, this is only offered during the summer term. If you would like to leave I-House in December and come back for the spring term without paying room fees, you will need to reapply. Admission for readmission applications is not guaranteed.

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  • COVID-19

    Is there a policy requiring residents to be vaccinated for Covid-19?

    January 23, 2023

    Yes. We are striving for a 100% fully vaccinated community in order to be able to offer as many in-person programs and opportunities to build community as possible. All Residents, staff and guests will be required to be fully vaccinated and provide verification. Exceptions for medical and religious reasons will be considered. If you are not able to be fully vaccinated prior to arrival, we will assist you to get the vaccine within 72 hours of your arrival.

    Do all incoming residents need to be tested prior to or upon arrival?

    January 23, 2023

    All incoming residents are encouraged to get a COVID-19 test prior arrival but it is not required at this time.

    What is I-House doing to maintain the facility in light of COVID-19?

    January 23, 2023

    International House is working tirelessly to stay up to date on public health data and best practices to ensure the health and safety needs of the members of our community. Along with specific protocols for quarantine and guidelines to follow if you have symptoms, the Global Health and Wellness Services is available during your stay to provide support during this difficult transition. While our COVID-19 precautions have relaxed in the 2 1/2 years since the beginning of the pandemic, common areas continue to be cleaned and sanitized multiple times throughout the day.

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  • Fellowships & Financial Aid

    Are there fellowships being offered for the 2023-2024 academic year?

    January 26, 2023

    Yes, fellowships are available for returning residents. Please visit the Fellowship opportunities page for further information.

    When are fellowships awarded at I-House?

    January 26, 2023

    Fellowships are awarded before the beginning of the Academic Year.

    Can I apply for a fellowship if I am planning on moving into I-House for the spring term?

    February 3, 2023

    Unfortunately not; fellowships are awarded at the beginning of the Academic Year (August/September), and fellows are expected to live at I-House for the duration of both the fall and spring terms.

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    Is there financial aid for the 2022-23 academic year?

    January 23, 2023

    There was financial aid available for the 2022-2023 academic year, but the application has since closed.

    When can I apply for financial aid for the 2023-2024 academic year?

    January 23, 2023

    The financial aid application for the 2023-2024 academic year will open in February 2023 and is anticipated to close in July 2023.

    Can I apply for financial aid if I am living at I-House during the summer term?

    January 23, 2023

    International House does not provide financial aid during the summer term.

    When should I submit my financial aid application?

    January 23, 2023

    Financial aid applications should be completed before the date provided in your admission acceptance email.

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  • Groups

    Do groups living at I-House have to meet the same eligibility criteria as single applicants?

    February 1, 2023

    Yes, group members must be graduate students, visiting scholars, interns, or trainees to live at International House during the Academic Year.

    Can I reserve rooms for a group for less than the minimum length of stay of 30 days?

    February 1, 2023

    No. All residents living at I-House, regardless of affiliation, must stay for our minimum length of stay of 30 days.

    What is the maximum/minimum number of group members International House can accommodate?

    February 1, 2023

    The maximum number of group members that can be accommodated is approximately 50 people; this way, we can ensure that there is availability for other groups and single applicants to become a part of our global community. International House does not have a minimum number of group members we can accommodate.

    Is the North or the South building better for group accommodation?

    February 1, 2023

    International House recommends reserving rooms in the South building for group accommodations. It is more likely all group members can be assigned to live on the same floor and can have the same sized rooms when living in the South building.

    I am interested in reserving apartment suites for my group. Can they live in the same suites together in the same sized rooms?

    February 1, 2023

    Unfortunately, that is not possible; all North suites are made up of 2-4 different-sized rooms: small, medium, large, and extra-large. If a group is interested in having their members live in the same suites together in the North building, group members would need to live in different-sized rooms from each other. If a group is interested in having their members live in the same sized rooms in the North building, the group members would not be able to live in the same suites together.

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  • Payment

    How do I pay for my rent?

    January 23, 2023

    Upon arrival, residents will visit the Bursar Office to pay for their rent, dining fees, and any other additional fees for one semester or the length of their stay, whichever is shorter.

    What payment types are accepted?

    January 23, 2023

    The Bursar Office accepts payments in cheques (drawn on US bank), money order, traveler’s check, wire transfer or credit card (Mastercard or Visa only). All payments must be in United States dollars.

    Will I be expected to pay for my rent in full upon arrival?

    January 23, 2023

    Yes. Upon check-in, residents will pay a full semesters’ rent or the rent for the length of their stay, whichever is shorter. We do not offer monthly payment plans.

    When is the Bursar Office open?

    January 23, 2023

    The Bursar Office is open Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM, and Saturdays from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.

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Get in Touch

The Admissions Office reviews applications for Residency at International House, makes room assignments, administers the financial aid programs, and verifies eligibility of every Resident each term.

Megan Amouzou

Vice President of Admissions

(212) 316-8436

Khaire Vaughan

Sr. Admissions Associate for Planning & Occupancy

(212) 316-8436

Roxanni Acevedo

Admissions Associate

(212) 316-8436

Anna Giordano

Admissions Associate for Recruitment

(212) 316-8436

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