Before coming to Atlanta and beginning their studies at AEI, students must consider housing, transportation, and local businesses that can support all their basic needs. Our Student Life can assist with referrals to help students to adjust to their new home in Atlanta.
Some choose to stay with American families while they are studying here. AEI is partners with Atlanta Homestays, a trusted company that places students in American homes in the Atlanta area, and the American Homestay Network, the world's most experienced international student homestay network company. Students that utilize homestay housing are able to easily experience American culture and enhance their English skills outside of their classes at AEI. Meals and transportation are available. Cost ranges from $150 – $350 weekly.
Friends and Family
Some students have friends or family here and will choose to stay with them while studying at Atlanta English Institute.
Some students will choose to stay in a hotel until they can visit a few apartment complexes or meet some of their new classmates to see if there is a roommate opportunity. The following hotels are near the school:
• Hyatt Regency
• Masters Inn
• Crowne Plaza at Ravinia
• Clarion Inn
• Quality Inn
Some choose to live in an extended stay hotel for longer than a few days. AEI is partnered with Extended Stay America to develop discounted pricing for students ($210 and up weekly).
Some students rent a house or apartment before traveling here so they have somewhere to go as soon as they enter the US ($500 – $1,500 monthly).
There are several resources available to help students locate the best rental property for their situation. AEI has partnered with PROMOVE, a realtor service for finding Apartments in the Atlanta area.
Some students will want to find a roommate to share housing costs with. To connect with another student at AEI, contact the Student Life Coordinator.
Mobility is very important. There is a lot to explore in Atlanta when you are not in the classroom. There are several options available when it comes to determining transportation.
Some students will choose to utilize public transportation during their stay in Atlanta. A few common options here in Atlanta include using:
• Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)
• Gwinnett County Transit
• Taxi Service
Some students will choose to rent a car once they have obtained a US driver’s license. Here are some car rental places near the school:
• Enterprise Rent-A-Car
• Quick and EZ Rent-A-Car
• Avis Car rental
• Hertz Rent-A-Car
• Dollar Rent-A-Car
• Budget Car and Truck Rental
Some students may choose to purchase a new or used car to use while they are studying in Atlanta. Here are links to some car dealerships and used car lots near the school:
• Auto Fiesta
• Amigo Auto Sales
• Car Max
• Lexus Atlanta
• Hennessy Ford Lincoln
• Jim Ellis Mazda
• Jill Ellis Chevrolet
• World Toyota
• Ed Voyles Kia
For student services, we provide daily shuttle to/from the MARTA Doraville Station and Chestnut at Buford Highway. Please refer to the school shuttle schedule.
There are several grocery store options near the school. Come talk with the Student Life Coordinator about which stores are in your area. A few store options near the school include:
• Publix Super Market
• Leon International Foods
• Las Americas Deli & Grocery
• Super H Mart
Our Student Life can provide insight and recommendations regarding restaurants of all levels and food genres. A few restaurant options near the school include:
• DQ Grill & Chill
• Waffle House
• El Taco Veloz
• Tempo Doeloe Indonesian Food
• Paris Baguette
• Mediterranean Bakery
• Red & Green Brazilian Steak House
Atlanta has all four seasons – spring, summer, fall, and winter. Make sure you pack all clothing types for your stay.
Student Life can make recommendations as to the types of shopping available to you including Perimeter Mall, Boutique Shops, Departments Stores, and other retail outlets.