Situated close to the bustling and vibrant Shoreditch area in London’s Zone 1, Ashwell is a friendly and welcoming community: your home away from home.

Ashwell is located in a residential side street close to Old Street station, with great public transport links to all of 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.


Since 1962, we have welcomed young women of all faiths and backgrounds into Ashwell’s environment which has, at its heart, a strongly Christian ethos.  Ashwell is unique, facilitating serious study as well as offering opportunities for cultural and personal enrichment, and fostering life-long friendships. From our weekly pizza and beer nights to the cultural AshTalk and AshTalkPro presentation series, from weekly volunteering opportunities to film nights: we encourage each of our residents to seek excellence in their studies – but also to see their work in the larger context of a flourishing life, and using their personal gifts in the service of others.


Previously St Luke’s Workhouse in the 1700s, the building that is now Ashwell House possesses ideal facilities for good study and cultural and personal growth, with a several silent study rooms, a sitting room used regularly for get-togethers and relaxation, a dining room set out for family-style meals, and a large and well-lit hall for sports, lectures and concerts. Read more about our living facilities here.


(The building has been used as several different hospitals over the last 200 years… Read more about the history of our house!)


Ashwell is a member of the European University College Association(EUCA), and follows the high standards of the ANUK/Unipol National Codes for student accommodation, supported by the National Union of Students. Ashwell House is a project of Dawliffe Hall Educational Foundation, Charity Reg. No. 278720, Company Registration No. 1450892. is run with a Catholic ethos, and the pastoral care is entrusted to Opus Dei, a Personal Prelature of the Catholic Church.