International Lutheran Student Centre
A home away from home – for postgraduate
students in London
What we offer
Applying for accommodation
How to reach us
Charges for the 2006-07 academic year
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The International Lutheran Student Centre is a modern home for international students in central London. The Centre provides good facilities and comfortable, moderately priced accommodation for 80 residents. It is intended for full-time postgraduate students, but accommodation for non-students is available during the summer and occasionally at other times.
The residents come from every region of the world and represent many faiths. The Centre's staff make every effort to ensure that the community is welcoming, supportive and sensitive to the cultures of the residents. There is a programme of social activities within the Centre and residents can participate in organised visits and entertainment in London and beyond. A chaplain is on the staff to provide opportunities for discussion and regular worship in the Centre's chapel. Although the basis and orientation of the Centre are Christian and the tradition is Lutheran, the beliefs of those who profess other religions are fully respected.
The fees that you pay provide much more than a roof over your head. The Centre aims at providing clean, high quality accommodation and a friendly, welcoming environment that is suitable for postgraduate students. The community is small and family-like but very diverse in the nationalities, faiths and cultures of its residents and staff. It tries to be a home away from home for students, not just a hall of residence.
The International Lutheran Student Centre is in central London, on a quiet street in Bloomsbury and ideally situated for many of the colleges and institutes of the University of London. It is 5 minute walk from Kings Cross/St Pancras, Russell Square and Euston underground stations.
Facilities include a television room, lounge rooms, games room, computer room, study room, laundry, patio and a chapel.
Each floor has two showers, two toilets and a kitchen for sharing between a maximum of 10 residents.
We provide a duvet, pillow, bed linen and a towel. The kitchen on each floor is fully equipped with pots, pans, crockery, cutlery, toaster, kettle, microwave, oven, fridge and freezer.
Before you decide what to pack for your stay in London, please bear in mind that the Centre has a very restricted amount of luggage space for residents. In addition to the limited space in the study bedrooms, there is a cupboard at the end of each corridor where reach resident may store one medium sized item.
Each study bedroom has a telephone which can be used for incoming, outgoing and internal calls. There is also a voicemail facility. Outgoing calls from these telephones have to be pre-paid at the Office.
We offer a wireless broadband service to residents with their own computer (£18 for 30 days unlimited use).
Please note that smoking is prohibited in the ILSC.
Long-term accommodation (3 months or more):
Places at the Centre are always in demand. Preference is given to students who:
Are postgraduates applying for the full academic year;
Are Lutherans or other Christians (though places are always given to non-Christians as well);
Have limited financial resources but sufficient to meet their expenses;
Are engaged in academic programmes that will contribute to the development of their societies or the improvement of human welfare;
Have talents, skills, aptitudes or interests that will contribute to the community life of the Centre;
Are normally resident in a developing country.
If you want to apply now for accommodation for the 2006-2007 academic year, you can download an application form by clicking here. You will need Acrobat Reader to open the form, which you must print, complete in legible handwriting and send by post, e-mail, fax or hand delivery to the International Lutheran Student Centre, with the additional documents that are requested on the form.
Short-term accommodation (more than 2 weeks but less than 3 months):
Although short-term accommodation is usually only available from May to September, it is worth contacting us at other times in case we have a vacancy.
If you want to apply now for short-term accommodation you can download an application form by clicking here. You will need Acrobat Reader to open the form, which you must print, complete in legible handwriting and send by post, e-mail, fax or hand delivery to the International Lutheran Student Centre, with the additional documents that are requested on the form.
Holiday lets (stays of 2 weeks or less):
Although holiday lets are usually only available from May to September, it is worth contacting us at other times in case we have a vacancy.
If you want to apply now for a holiday let you can download an application form by clicking here. You will need Acrobat Reader to open the form, which you must print, complete in legible handwriting and send by post, e-mail, fax or hand delivery to the International Lutheran Student Centre, with the additional documents that are requested on the form.
Charges for the 2006-07 academic year:
Please note that all fees include breakfast.
Long-term residents in a single room £496 per month
Long-term residents in a double room £740 per month
Short-term accommodation & Holiday lets:
Single room £175 per week (valid until 30 September 2006)
Double room £290.50 per week (valid until 30 September 2006)
Summer Special (to qualify for this rate you must stay for 4 weeks or longer and pay for at least 4 weeks’ rent in advance or on arrival):
Single Room £140 per week (valid until 30 September 2006)
Double Room £232.40 per week (valid until 30 September 2006)
The ILSC is situated in central London and is easy to reach by public transport.
From Heathrow Airport: Take the Piccadilly Line of the London underground northbound from the airport and get off at King’s Cross or Russell Square (approx. fare £3.80). From there it is a five minute walk.
Alternatively, take the high speed Heathrow Express train (approx. fare is £14.50 for a single ticket) to Paddington Station. From there, take either the Circle line or Hammersmith & City line of the London underground eastbound to King’s Cross (approx. fare £3) or get a taxi direct to the ILSC (approx. fare £10).
A third option is to take the Airbus into central London. These buses depart from all terminals at regular intervals until mid-evening. The approximate single fare into central London is £10. Take an Airbus that goes to Russell Square or King’s Cross.
From Gatwick Airport: Take the Thameslink train to King’s Cross Thameslink station (a five minute walk from the ILSC). You may also take the Gatwick Express train to Victoria station. From Victoria take the Victoria line of the London Underground northbound to King’s Cross.
From Stansted Airport: Take the Stansted Express train to Tottenham Hale station. From there take the Victoria Line of the London Underground westbound to King’s Cross.
From Waterloo International: Take the Northern line of the London Underground northbound to Euston. From there it is a five minute walk.
By Taxi: Taxis are more expensive than other forms of transport. You are advised to take a black cab which is properly licensed and safe to use. Ask the driver to take you to Thanet Street, WC1 which is just off the Euston Road and runs parallel to Judd Street. You can expect to pay at least £50-£80 to reach the ILSC from one of the airports. From the local underground stations (King’s Cross, Russell Square, Euston) expect to pay about £4.
A chaplain is on the staff to provide opportunities for discussion and regular worship in the Centre's chapel. Although the basis and orientation of the Centre are Christian and the tradition is Lutheran, the beliefs of those who profess other religions are fully respected. For further information about the chaplaincy, click here.
The Augustana Centre is an attractive suite of rooms in the award-winning buildings of the International Lutheran Student Centre. The facilities are suitable for conferences, meetings, training, retreats and many other events.
For further information, please visit the Augustana Centre page.
International Lutheran Student Centre
30 Thanet Street, London WC1H 9QH
Tel: 020 7388 4044
Fax: 020 7383 5915
For all other enquiries:
Monday-Friday 08:30-17:00 (Thursday till 18:30)
Sunday / Bank Holiday 09:00-12:00
The International Lutheran Student Centre is owned and run by the Lutheran Council of Great Britain - Registered Charity number 232042.