Student Life

Studying at ISMC means that you are part of a small but diverse student body in the heart of one of the greatest cities in the world.  Both ​academically and personally, opportunities for growth are endless and student life at the Institute is vibrant and enjoyable.

Orientation Programme

  • Before the start of their first academic year, students participate in a week-long orientation programme. This is an essential preparatory week which introduces students to the institute’s faculty and familiarises them with London’s academic resources, cultural attractions and social activities.  Students have the opportunity to meet the Institute's faculty and staff and enjoy a vibrant programme of social activities and tours including excursions and sight seeing.

Student life in London

​To live in London is to experience one of the greatest and most diverse cities in the world.  Our accommodation in King's Cross places students in the very centre of the city and ensures that travel costs should be minimal.

  • There are a variety of extra-curricular activities that ISMC organises for students each year as an integral part of a students’ learning experience.

  • ISMC is close to a number of leading universities and our students can attend a range of free public lectures, concerts and events through these institutions. 

  • We are situated in the heart of London within walking distance of cultural attractions such as the British Museum and the British Library. Entertainment areas such as the West End and Southbank are close by.

  • Entrance to many museums is free and shops, cinemas and theatres often offer student discounts. 

  • Students can also benefit from discounts on travel within London and substantial reductions on national travel. 


Registrar's Office

The Registrar's Office​ deals with all matters related to student life such as admissions, advisory services, visas, counselling, extra-curricular activities, accommodation, health and special needs as well as student and alumni records.​

Faculty Advisors

Each student is assigned a faculty advisor and students who they are encouraged to consult for support and guidance on academic matters.

Student Accommodation 

ISMC students are housed in brand new purpose-built students halls of residence ​in King’s Cross, joining students from The Institute of Ismaili Studies and other organisations. Located within Zone 1, and part of London’s redevelopment of the King’s Cross area, Victoria Hall, Kings Cross has 198 state​​-of-the-art bedrooms and has been designed by award-winning architects, Stanton Williams.

Students can choose from either a one bedroom ​apartment, a shared flat with living room or a variety of studios suitable for both singles and couples, each with en-suite facilities and ample personal storage space. Community spaces include a reading room, meeting room, 24/7 fitness room, break-out areas and a lounge area with an open kitchen for group social events.

The building will soon benefit from two open spaces, a courtyard and a roof terrace, inspired by the beautiful gardens of Maghreb and Spain. Both of the open spaces - due to be completed in spring 2016 - are being designed by Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architects, who are renowned for creating timeless poetic landscapes that put nature on the centre stage.  The richness and diversity of the students - who come from a range of countries, speak a multitude of languages, are from various faith and cultural backgrounds and are of all ages - reflects the cosmopolitan nature of the city of London and is reflected back in the influences of different architectural approaches in the building and gardens. ​​​

Related Links:

MA Muslim Cultures Prospectus​​​​​ 2017
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