50th Anniversary

International Students House was opened for the first time on 4th May 1965. On the 4th May 2015 we were 50 years old. We’re planning a year of activities to celebrate our anniversary throughout our 50th year.

In the 2014/2015 academic year we ran a series of 50 numbered student events that culminated with the 50th Anniversary Candle Lit Supper on 7th May 2015 which was attended by students, staff, governors and alumni. In June we’ll be hosting a 50th Anniversary Garden Party in the private Park Crescent Gardens opposite International Students House.

In addition to our celebratory events we’ll be using our anniversary as an opportunity to engage with our communities through initiatives such as the Little Free Library Project and a poetry competition. If you’d like to stay informed about our 50th Anniversary events and projects please sign up to receive our newsletter.

2015 was also the year of the Goats Club London reunion. The 2015 London reunion took place Wednesday 10th – Sunday 14th June 2015. Visit the 2015 Goats London Reunion page to see pictures.

With the help of our partners we are aiming to fund 50 scholarships for the 2015/2016 academic year.  Just one of the activities was a 50 mile sponsored bike ride students, staff and alumni took part in on 14th June 2015 to raise money for the ’50 scholars for 50 years appeal’.  If you’d like to support this appeal please visit the donate section of the website.


A brief history of International Students House London

You can read a summary of the past fifty years at International Students House below.


International Students House was officially opened by the Trust’s first patron, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

The first building at 1-6 Park Crescent, W1, was acquired and rebuilt and was finally opened in May 1965 by the Trust’s Patron, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (known as GPS because of its entrance at 229 Great Portland Street).


A series of Nash buildings on York Terrace East in Regent’s Park (seven minutes walk from GPS) were acquired and rebuilt and subsequently named Mary Trevelyan Hall.


Mary Trevelyan Hall opened. The House also built an underground garage in York Terrace East as part of the development.


The original International Students Trust was separated into two sister charities, operating in parallel, with the International Students Trust (IST) managing the investment portfolios and International Students House owning and operating the residences and the activities.


ISH’s third residence (known as Wills House) which is located adjacent to GPS and is now connected to it was purchased.


The fourth and most recent addition, following the merger with Wandsworth Student Housing Association, is Blain House in Balham, which provides 12 one and two-bedroom self-contained flats for postgraduate students and their families.

These four buildings combine to give us International Students House, providing over 700 beds (including 56 flats for students with families), three bars, a restaurant, internet access points, a fitness centre and public meeting rooms.


ISH is proud to announce that the resident students represent over 100 nations and ISH has over 60,000 non-resident student members creating a vibrant multi cultural and youth oriented atmosphere.

International Students HouseWe encourage UK students as well as international students to live or participate in our home. Our four main areas of operation are housing, provision of social facilities and activities, welfare and advice support and the provision of residential scholarships which together with the House’s partners represents a sum just over £1 million plus an annual programme which received a Commendation in The Charity Awards 2002.

The House operates as a financially self supporting charity with a diverse number of self generated income streams, therefore a professional and entrepreneurial management style has developed in order that we can fulfil our mission. The House employs a total of around 150 staff who between them can speak at least 20 languages. Good human resource practices are a significant driver for the organisation’s success which is indicative in the caring, friendly, relaxed customer focused culture.

The Future

International student numbers are expected to treble by 2020 in the UK. There were by 2011/12 figures, 103,000 international students in London so projected numbers are pretty much on target and International Students House intends to play a leading role in the provision of services during this period of expansion

The intentions and dreams of Mary Trevelyan live on through International Students House today. We continue to provide an environment which facilitates the growth and development of today’s young people from all over the world. We give them the opportunity to live in London and experience a wealth of culture, not only British but of the many nationalities of their peers. We encourage peace, understanding and tolerance and provide a home away from home where lifelong friends are made.

Our accommodation, scholarships, facilities, services, events and activities all encompass the mission of ISH and what we do here that makes our mission possible to achieve.

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