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We provide accommodation if you need a place to live while you study, Scholarships and hardship funds to support your studies and social and cultural activities to foster an international community and help build better societies.


  • To promote global friendship and understanding among our students
  • To help students achieve the academic and personal aims and career aspirations that have brought them to the United Kingdom
  • To provide the best possible opportunities for international students to experience the many facets of life in the UK and to give them a deeper understanding of British society
  • To give British students an opportunity to broaden their horizons through friendship with people from widely differing backgrounds and cultures
  • By these means to make an effective contribution to better international relations


  • Respect – promoting global friendship and understanding
  • Trust & integrity – belief in the organisation and each other
  • Support – providing a home away from home
  • Progressive – thirst for innovation
  • Quality – delivering a five star service

Our mission and values hold true to the vision of our founder, Mary Trevelyan, and the beginning of International Student House in 1965. Our friendship, understanding, openness and cooperation are at the core of the ISH experience and underpin everything the charity does.

ISH is located in central london and therefore we have a great arrange of services around us:


  •  - 1917

    The values that ISH holds close to its heart can be traced back almost a century, when the social centre Student Movement House opened in London in memory of students who died in the First World War. It aimed to promote international understanding and friendship by providing London’s international students with companionship and social facilities. […]

  •  - 1933

    Enter Mary Trevelyan, who becomes Warden of Student Movement House. There would be no International Students House without her commitment, perseverance, and devotion to her students. After spending a year in India and Sri Lanka, she returned to London to find work. “In London I noticed groups of Indians on the streets looking lost in […]

  •  - 1950

    Mary Trevelyan becomes Adviser to Overseas Students for the University of London. During this time, and following visits to International Houses in New York, Berkeley and Chicago, she realised the need to further international friendship and understanding. “I had dreamed dreams during my travels of the great new international house which we would set up […]