Student Services

At the ALCC American Language we know that finding quality, affordable housing is important for all of our students. That is why the ALCC offers our students a safe and comfortable place to live while they are studying at our school. All dormitories are in safe and convenient parts of New York. Students will be living with other students from around the world who are here to learn English.

Rental rates will range from $925 – $1,400 per month depending on the location, whether it is a single or shared room, and the season.

MANHATTAN – West Side YMCA

  • Located just off Central Park West and steps from Lincoln Center, the West Side YMCA offers rooms that provide a home away from home for nearly 40,000 international and domestic travelers each year. The West Side YMCA offers its guests two swimming pools, two aerobics studios, 100 group fitness classes, steam rooms and saunas, basketball, racquetball, handball & squash courts, and cardiovascular and weight training facilities.

The location allows students to enjoy a 65,000-square-foot fitness center, the beauty of Central Park, the energy of Times Square, and world-famous cultural institutions including Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School of Music, the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Modern Art.

The West Side YMCA is located within 15 minutes of ALCC.

No meals are included.

Housing Policies

Students who are interested in renting a room through the ALCC should speak to one of our booking agents, and can view our booking policy as well. Students who plan to book a room, or have already booked one, should be aware of the different cancellation policies in each location. We also have procedures in place to file housing complaints.

To learn more about our available accommodations, contact us today.

We offer a full-service cafeteria open 7 days a week.

Also computers are available for student use in the cafeteria. Overseas students are allowed two hours per week of internet time free of charge. Any additional time must be purchased at the cashiers desk.

Free Wi-Fi service is available on the fourth floor.

We can arrange airport pick-up and/or drop-off service for overseas students upon request. Students must pay the $150 service fee (each way) prior to the arrival/departure date. The request can be made when registering on our website, or by contacting us through email or telephone.

The initial orientation is performed through an in-person, one-on-one session with the students School Agent. This will be done prior to or on the first day of class. The student should report to school 45 minutes before their first class with their student ID number. Students with an F-1 Visa should also bring their I-20, passport (with valid visa), and Form I-94. The student will receive important information on school policies and services, student obligations, and student rights. After completing and signing several forms, including the Enrollment Agreement, the student will be directed to take a placement examination and receive a student ID card. Group orientations are held monthly. Presentations are made by the DSO and other staff members. They cover community services, access to cultural events, and basic cross-cultural issues.

ALCC offers advising on various issues to support students during their period of study with us. Our staff is available to discuss academic issues related to ALCCs programs, immigration issues regarding the F-1 Visa, and personal issues in adjusting to life in New York.

New York City if full of events and activities that cater to students and their budgets. There are many free or low cost activities including film festivals, music concerts, dance shows, etc. Information on various recreational and social activities are posted and updated on the ALCC bulletin on a regular basis.

Life in New York (.pdf)

ALCC does not require or provide any health insurance plan. We strongly recommend that students obtain health insurance with a repatriation clause. Unlike many countries, in the United States medical care is not free, nor does the U.S. government provide it at a low cost. These services, especially emergency or catastrophic care, can be very expensive. There are a number of affordable insurance plans for international students.

Some options are:

ALCC is not responsible for any student incurred accident, illness, or emergency medical treatment expenses and/or medical decisions.