For over 90 years the College has offered talented postgraduates from all over the world a supportive community.

The history of what is now Goodenough College began in 1930 when Frederick Craufurd Goodenough, Chairman of Barclays Bank, established the first student residence in London for international postgraduate students. Goodenough’s then vision was the creation of a hall of residence for male students from Commonwealth countries, offering a collegiate setting in the heart of London to enhance international understanding and prevent students from feeling isolated in the capital.

Founded 1930

London House opens

London House, which at first comprised several houses on Mecklenburgh Place, opened in 1931. Between 1935 and 1963, the new London House for 300 single students was built in three stages to the designs of architect Sir Herbert Baker, his partner Alexander T Scott and their successor Vernon Helbing.

William Goodenough House opens

After the Second World War, the Lord Mayor of London launched a new Trust, a Thanksgiving Fund to show appreciation to the people of the Commonwealth and the USA for their generous support during and after the War. The money raised was used to build William Goodenough House, a residence for female postgraduates and students with families from those countries. It opened in 1957 and new wings were added almost every decade, the most recent in 2012.

Trusts merge

In 1965, the two Trusts merged becoming the London House for Overseas Graduates. Initially, accommodation was reserved for students from the Commonwealth, but in 1950 students were admitted from the US and in 1974 from mainland Europe.

Mixed accommodation

In 1991, both London House and William Goodenough House started to offer mixed accommodation.

Goodenough College named

In 2001, we became Goodenough College, a name chosen to reflect our collegiate setting and community ethos; a community open to students of any nationality which currently comprises 700 Members representing around 80 different countries.