Ashwell House is a female-only university hall of residence, situated in a vibrant and convenient location in central London.

We are located on a residential side street close to Old Street station, with excellent public transport links to all London’s universities. We are within walking distance of Shoreditch, Hoxton, Brick Lane and Angel, as well as the picturesque Regent’s Canal and Shoreditch Park.

Living in Ashwell enhances your wonderful, life-changing experience of going to university: a time of personal development and intellectual discovery.

Live in Ashwell

We offer you a welcoming, open and clean home environment, with home-cooked meals and daily housekeeping. We encourage you to achieve your best in your studies, make the most of your talents, forge lasting friendships and contribute to the community.

Learn in Ashwell

You will have the environment and support you need to make the most of your studies. We organise a wide range of enrichment activities – from socials and celebrations to talks, films, concerts, cultural evenings and excursions, as well as spiritual activities. Come and join us!

Contribute with Ashwell

Ashwell residents can give back to the community through volunteering. Some residents take part in sandwich runs, and some volunteer at a local community kitchen. Others help in the Baytree Centre in Brixton to run after-school youth activities for girls between 6-18.

What does our alumni say

“I learned a lot in terms of academia, social responsibility and faith. I was able to explore London, England and Scotland much more than I would have on my own, and I found a nice place to study and finish my degree”

AmelieKing's College London

The cultural talks at Ashwell are amazing! I had no idea what it would be like when I arrived. But it creates such a wonderful atmosphere. It sparks interesting conversation. I felt as though I made friends quickly and felt welcomed. A home away from home.

AshleyQueen Mary's University London

I was hesitant to come to London to do my masters when I knew that lockdown measures would be put in place. It was hard to justify coming so far and paying so much for an anaemic version of my degree. But I had already come so far in preparations to travel to London that I decided to go ahead. This year in London had definitely not been the typical London experience. It has not been the typical graduate school experience. And yet my year has been amazing because of my wonderful Ashwell experience. Reflecting back, I wouldn't have had it any other way. Thanks for a great year.

VirginiaKing's College London

"During my Master's year in London, Ashwell was my support, my home, and my family.
Ashwell gave me the spiritual formation I needed to push my professional development, it helped me to understand why I was studying Fashion Design Management, and to see how I could help others through my career.

It also gave me a family, friends who helped me when I had presentations, projects or papers to hand in. Having people believing in me encouraged me to work harder for my goals.

I now see the fruits of all the effort: I got a distinction at University and a job with a prestigious fashion designer in London. I feel truly grateful for all the values and friends Ashwell has given me, and what I enjoy the most is being able to share this happiness with my Ashwell Family."

Iciar is currently working at Stella McCartney in London

Iciar, London College of Fashion

"Studying in London can seem daunting when you first arrive, especially when coming from a much smaller town in the North of England! Living in Ashwell however, was like a home from home. I was surrounded by people who supported my studies at UCL and encouraged me to pursue every opportunity whilst I was at university. During my time at Ashwell, I was given invaluable advice and direction with regards to my future career path. I owe a huge thank you to everyone at Ashwell House for guiding me through the transition from university to working life.
After a year teaching abroad I now doing a graduate management scheme with Transport for London."

Natalie, University College London

“My first year at university was tough. I moved from a small countryside village to a capital city. My large halls of residence was not a fun experience, but rather a lonely and isolating one. But when I found Ashwell, my university experience changed.

I was instantly welcomed into a family and community. I found friends for life who I have made lasting memories with. Ashwell is also an environment which supports you through your academic studies. I discussed my essays, practiced presentations, and even received advise on employment applications.

I have now graduated from University College London and work in Fine Art Logistics.”

Ruby, University College London

“It’s a home, a place to study, a place to make friends, a place to relax and a place to grow. Ashwell has been the highlight of my 2 years of study. It has truly managed to fulfil the idea of family, whilst I was away from my biological one. I made friends with people from all over the world, most of whom I am still in contact with today. I learnt about different cultures, developed my values, grew stronger and I returned back to my country as a better person that I previously was.”

Claudia, Central St Martins

"Living in Ashwell House has taught me the importance of balancing my studies at QML and my social life. There is a strong study atmosphere in Ashwell but there is also a friendly and social connection between the residents. I have also benefited from being a resident in Ashwell because of the diversity of the residents. I have been able to meet and make friends from other countries and backgrounds. I may not have had this opportunity if I lived in halls or a flat."

Eloise, Queen Mary's University