The House was established in 1961, by the Methodist Church, York and Hull District, as part of a chain of Methodist International Houses, which came into being because Miss Hilda Porter, at Mission House in London saw students in the 1950s from overseas on the streets of London and looking for lodgings.
Often they had to accept very poor quality apartments in inhospitable places. She saw their conditions and did a ‘small thing’ in inviting students to tea on Sundays at her apartment. She then spread the idea of offering weekend hospitality to overseas students through the Methodist districts. From these small beginnings Districts raised funds to establish student residences usually known as “M.I.H” in each city. Hull International House (“H.I.H”) was a community-wide venture led by the Methodists but having support from other denominations and faith groups, and also with civic and University support.
It has tried to be ‘more than a roof’ to all who have been residents, with a chaplain and local support group “The Friends of HIH”. The management committee still reflects this wide base of support. Prudent management, loyal wardens and staff and the support from the District and “The Friends” mean that HIH remains open and serving present needs when other International Houses have closed.
HIH, or ‘The House’, as we call it, is in the Avenues area (HU5) in the city of Hull, the short name of Kings town upon Hull.
HIH is 2 miles from the City centre (to the South) and 2 miles from the University of Hull (to the North). It is served by No: 13 and 15 buses running every 10 minutes along the main arteries, Chanterlands Avenue and Princes Avenue respectively. The area is well served by shops, including food shops serving UK and foreign tastes.
There are many restaurants, bistros, cafes, wine bars and takeaways along Princes Avenue which has become the cosmopolitan ‘heart of Hull’.
There is a Warden and an Assistant Warden who work alternate weeks in the mornings at the House, and there is resident night cover on an alternating week basis. The Wardens are sources of local information. They look after you as well as the fabric of the House.
Residents are from many parts of the world including the UK and a wide age spectrum. Some are trainees, undergraduates or doing research on MA or PhD courses. Part of being in HIH is to share stories of home and family, maybe to get a taste of ‘different’ food, and certainly to become a more tolerant and well-travelled person without leaving Hull!
A deposit of £100 is required to secure a room. This is usually payable by cash or cheque.
If you wish to make a booking or need further details, please contact the warden in person,
by email or telephone.