They are a charitable, independent and non-political organisation that connects people from Commonwealth countries. They also offer affordable student accommodation services in London for full time international students from Commonwealth countries.
They exist purely to welcome and help all members and visitors to the UK. Whether you are visiting for business, pleasure or study they offer a friendly environment where you can meet British people and attend a variety of events to make your stay memorable.
Established in 1901, they have a long history of linking people from the across the Commonwealth through their vast array of services and events. With headquarters in London, as well as leagues across Australia, New Zealand and Zimbabwe - they also have affiliated organisations throughout the USA and Canada.
The Victoria League maintains a busy calendar of events that you are sure to want to attend, from occasions such as the Oxford Boat Race, the Queen’s Birthday Parade to Christmas luncheons, barbecues, parties and organised visits places of interest.
Key historical facts:
By 1909 there were already 27 branches of the Victoria League across England, Scotland and in the overseas Dominions.
The League has had many famous members, including Sir Malcolm Sargent
, Field Marshall Jan Smuts
, First Lord of the Admiralty Leopold Amery
, the explorer Sir Francis Younghusband
, Noel Coward
and Ivor Novello
the Welsh singer, composer and actor.
Royal Patronage has been a huge part of the history of the League since 1906, when the future Queen Mary, then Princess of Wales became Patron.
During WWII, the League provided Commonwealth Servicemen in the UK with 1.25 million beds and 4 million meals.
The League has provided student hospitality and welfare since 1927. To this day, Student House, which is also the League’s headquarters, is the focal point for many charitable activities. The hostel is run successfully and remains popular with Commonwealth students.