are some frequently asked questions which may help you to solve some
of your queries too. Please do not hesitate to email us about any of
your queries not listed here.
I bring my own furniture for my rooms?
- I-House bedrooms are fully furnished. They include wooden
bed frame, mattress, desk, chair, bookshelf, dresser, and walk-in
closet. If you need anything else, you are free to bring it along.
Please note that cooking and re-heating food in the bedrooms are
I need a heater / fan / lamp ?
- No. All the bedrooms are equipped with a central heating
system, ceiling fan and lamps. If you require table lamps, you can
check out them from the office.
I bring my pets ?
- No. Any kind of pets are not allowed in the I-House.
there any restriction on entering the House for residents ? Any
kind of curfew time ?
- I-House is open for residents round the clock. All residents
have their own House key as well as room key. There is no curfew.
- During Fall and Spring semester, residents choose among 5-day and 7-day meal plans. The cost of the meal plan is included in the room and board fees (for detailed info read meal plan and pricing options on the costs page).
are the quiet hours ?
- Quiet hours are set at the International House and all residents and their guests are expected to respect these and other rules. Quiet hours are 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. the following morning Sunday through Thursday, and 12 p.m. to 10 a.m. the following morning on Fridays and Saturdays.
guests allowed ?
- There is no curfew at the International House; residents may come and go as they wish and are allowed guests at any time. Guests must be accompanied at all times by a resident.
When are Grant-in-Aide (GIA) positions
filled at I-House so that I can apply to work towards a reduction
in my rent?
- A grant-in-aide application can be filled out when you
arrive at I-House at the beginning of the semester. Positions
will be filled during the first week of the school semester.
Newly arrived residents are eligible to apply for all GIA positions.
Can I get a single room?
- Single rooms are filled on a seniority basis according
to the length of time residents have lived at I-House. New
residents are not eligible for single rooms. Most of our residents
have never shared a room prior to living at I-House and in almost
all cases, people find it to be a very positive experience. In fact,
in many cases, when residents do have the seniority to get single
rooms, many choose not to do so because they prefer to stay with
How are roommates selected?
- Roommates are selected by the staff on the basis of the
essays written by applicants. We try hard to match roommates
according to compatible interests and habits.
Can I bring my musical instrument
along with me?
- You are welcome to bring your instruments. Most instruments
can be played in the recreational rooms. We do have two pianos,
a grand piano in the living room, and an upright in the recreation
room which you are welcome to play.
What is the alcohol policy at I-House?
- According to U.S. Federal Law, residents must be 21 years
of age and over in order to drink alcohol at the International House.
I have applied to live at I-House.
When will I learn if I have been accepted to live at the I-House?
- You will learn within 2-3 weeks of applying if you have
been accepted to stay at I-House. Please make sure that you
answer all of the essay questions thoroughly including providing
information on your hobbies and interests, why you would like to
live in the I-House, and what is your perception of the U.S.
We are not concerned with the level of your English skills; we only
seek to learn about you.
Does everyone living at I-House
have strong written and spoken English language skills?
- Some residents are quite fluent in English, while others
are just beginning to learn the language and speak almost no English.
We welcome residents of all English-language levels, and encourage
non-English speakers to participate in all activities to practice
English and improve your listening and speaking abilities.