A home for postgraduate students
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.
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. It tries to be a home away from home, not just a hall of residence.
The community is small and family-like but very diverse in the nationalities, faiths and cultures of its residents and staff. The Centre’s staff make every effort to ensure that the community is welcoming, supportive and sensitive to the cultures of the residents.
Be part of a community
The Centre is more than a hall of residence; it is a community with a Lutheran Christian ethos. Our residents choose to live here because they want to be part of this community and enjoy making a positive contribution to it. This may be demanding, but it is also hugely rewarding! Residents typically contribute in one of the following areas, in a way that fits with their busy lives as postgraduate students:
- hospitality (e.g. organising or helping with events, catering, washing up)
- chapel (supporting the spiritual life of the Centre, e.g. through music, helping set up, leading a simple time of prayer)
- outings (e.g. leading a hiking trip, theatre visit, or sports activity).
To maintain and deepen the Centre’s community, all residents also commit to attending an annual weekend away in October (this year from 7-8 October 2017), and meetings or events with floor mates or the whole group of residents (up to once a month).
Active spiritual life
Many of our residents have some Christian commitment, though we also welcome people of other faiths and none. The basisand orientation of the Centre are Christian and the tradition is Lutheran, which supports each individual in finding and deepening their God-given spiritual identity, and the beliefs of those who profess other religions are fully respected.
The ILSC provides opportunities for all to discover or deepen the Christian faith, and to have an active spiritual life. A chaplain is on the staff to enable discussion, provide individual support and organise regular worship in the Centre’s chapel.
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.
Who we are
The ILSC is managed by the Council of Lutheran Churches which is an umbrella organisation of Lutheran bodies in the UK. The Lutheran Church has had a presence in the UK since the 17th Century. The two houses of the ILSC are named in honour of influential persons in the history of the Lutheran community in this country. The Thanet Street part of the building is Martens House, after Gerhard Martens, who was the first Lutheran pastor in Britain, arriving from Germany in 1668 and working under the supervision of the King of Sweden. The Sandwich Street part is Eding House, to commemorate Edvin Eding, a refugee from Estonia who was the first warden of the International Lutheran Student Centre. He retired after 24 years of service in 1990 and died in 1999. The Centre was built during his period as warden.
You can learn more about Martin Luther, Lutheranism and the Lutheran Churches in the UK on the CLC website.