We are a friendly student community with a Christian ethos located in the heart of King’s Cross, in London. 

Methodist Chaplaincy House is a home rather than a just a hall of residence. The students who chose to live here do so because they want to be part of a community with a Christian ethos.

The house accommodates 26 students in reasonably priced and comfortably equipped self-catering accommodation.

Students in the House share responsibility for establishing a community lifestyle. This is underpinned by regular house meetings, meals, discussions, and prayer groups, social and recreational activities and requires all to exercise tolerance, goodwill, sensitivity, and above all, enthusiasm.

The House has a Christian ethos, and many students have some Christian commitment, though we also welcome those of other faiths and none. The house is international and multi-cultural, so time spent here is continually enriching, offering everyone an opportunity for personal growth and an understanding of living amongst diversity.

Methodist Chaplaincy House is part of the West London Mission Circuit of the Methodist Church and has close links with King’s Cross Methodist Church and Hinde Street Methodist Church.

We hope and pray that our time together will be happy and fulfilling for all.

To download an application form, please click here.

Community

Methodist Chaplaincy House (MCH) has been a community for about 25 higher-education students for over 40 years. The community is international and its members study at different colleges and universities across London.

While MCH is rooted in a Christian ethos, we welcome full-time students of any and no faith who subscribe to the principles and practice of MCH. These have always been:

  • To create and sustain community among a diverse international body of students;
  • To enable residents to extend their sense of community through service in the Kings Cross and Hinde Street churches of the West London Mission, and in the Mission’s projects to support vulnerable and marginalised people; 
  • To encourage members to explore their spirituality, whatever their background faith (or none); and
  • To provide affordable accommodation for students on a non-profit making basis. 

So MCH is not typical student accommodation, but rather a place where students gain valuable experience as members of a diverse community with responsibility to and for each other, learning to live together with all their differences and similarities. Residents have described MCH as “a family”, somewhere they “feel safe” and where it “feels like home”. They are each part of creating this sense of belonging and share in the responsibilities of running the House. The House is overseen and supported by a resident Warden, assisted by one or two community interns.

Building the community within the House is largely an informal process with students sharing their lives and supporting each other and enthusiastically engaging with each other. More formally, every month there is a house meal which all students are expected to attend. At this meal decisions are taken, grievances aired, issues discussed and new ideas proposed. It is the main forum for the House. There are further discussion and prayer groups as well as social and other recreational activities.

Students at MCH are also strongly encouraged to engage with the wider community, including the church congregations and ISTV (International Service TeleVision) at Kings Cross, and the projects within the West London Mission that support homeless and isolated people, such as Wednesday Club, Friday Club, Chicken Chow Mein, Cold Weather Shelter and WLM Seymour Place.

Practicalities

Methodist Chaplaincy House is a reasonably priced, well-maintained home for students in full-time higher education in London. The House is spread across two large floors above King’s Cross Methodist Church.

Rents (including all bills) are as follows: 

Single Rooms £550 per month
Shared (Twin) Rooms £425 per month per person

There are fourteen single rooms and six shared rooms. Each student is provided with a bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, desk and chair, with good lighting and free internet access.

There is a fully-equipped communal kitchen with cookers, fridges, freezers, microwaves, pots and pans, and a large dining room. Each student has storage space in both cupboards and the fridge.

The House is centrally-heated and has showers, a bath, free laundry-washing and drying facilities, and a (one-person) guest room. There is secure and sheltered cycle storage.

There is a large common room, a games area (including a pool table and table tennis table), a TV room and a quiet room.

There is a communal study area and also a library/computer room, though wireless internet network is available throughout the House. Broadband provision is included in the rent.

The House has its own piano and a roof-top terrace garden. In addition, there is a baby grand piano available to those with grade 8 for practice and spaces downstairs in the Church available for rehearsals/meetings when they are not being otherwise used.

Students normally apply to stay for an academic year and are welcome to re-apply for further years. There are occasional vacancies in the course of the academic year.

Residents are required to agree to and sign a contract: see the draft here. Associated documents are the  House Rules and our  Creating Safer Space commitment.

Methodist Chaplaincy House can only accommodate students (except for short-stay guests). However, if you are not a student and are interested in the idea of living in a community with a Christian ethos in central London, there are two communities based at Hinde Street Methodist Church in the West End.

Methodist Chaplaincy House is affiliated to the Student Christian Movement.

Short Stay Guests

The House welcomes short stay visitors passing through London over the summer months.

We are central and convenient, being just a short walk from King's Cross and St. Pancras International stations. The current short stay rate is £22.50 per night.

All visitors are expected to abide by the House Rules.

Get in touch

Methodist Chaplaincy House 
58a Birkenhead Street 
London 
WC1H 8BB

Phone: +44 (0) 20 7278 5640

Fax: +44 (0) 20 7278 5640

E-mail: [email protected]