Launch London

Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2023

No matter where you're studying abroad in Europe you can join other InterVarsity students for a weekend retreat in London to set the tone for your semester and send you out inspired and equipped to share Jesus with those you meet.

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  • Travel to London
  • Arrival and check-in at the hostel
  • Dinner out
  • First session: centering on Jesus
  • Evening games/free time


  • Breakfast at hostel
  • Morning session: a different kind of life abroad
  • Morning excursion in the city and picnic lunch
  • Afternoon excursion to Westminster Abbey
  • Free time and dinner out
  • Evening session


  • Breakfast at hostel
  • Morning session: God at work around you
  • Prayer, blessing and commissioning
  • Departure and goodbyes, ending at noon


Where is Launch London?

The Highbury Centre. It is 30 minutes away from central London, located in north London, Zone 2 in the Borough of Islington.

When should I arrive?

On Friday, plan to arrive at the hostel between 4pm - 5pm to check in and get settled. The retreat will begin at 6pm.

What is included?

The Launch London rate includes a two-night stay at the hostel, including breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday mornings, lunch on Saturday, and dinners on Friday and Saturday nights. Due to contactless payment on public transportation, this is an out-of-pocket cost that is is not included in the program (plan on up to $7.40 Euros a day).

What if I need to cancel?

The $50 deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.

What is housing like?

The Highbury Centre is a Christian guest house in a quiet London neighborhood, about 30 minutes away from the heart of the city by public transportation. Rooms are shared with others participating in the program. The hostel has some common spaces and a garden area to enjoy.

What should I pack?

  • Clothes appropriate for the weather in London at this time of year; check the weather before you leave.
  • Money for meals during your travel to and from London, for historical sites than may charge minimal fees, and for any souvenirs.
  • A journal to take notes, reflect, and write down what you're hearing from God.

Which airport should I fly into?

Any London airport will suffice but keep in mind that each airport will require transportation into the city, some much longer than others.

How can I get from the airport to the hostel?

The Highbury Centre offers some directions and a planning tool on their website. Directions to Highbury Centre

Can I stay in London longer?

You are welcome to stay longer in London, either before or after Launch. You will need to book your own hostel for any additional nights.

When does Launch London end?

The retreat ends at 12 noon on Sunday. Please plan your travel with enough time to get from the hostel to the train/airport, likely no flights earlier than 4:00pm.

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Registration Rates


Rate valid until August 1st. Register by 11:59 CST.


Registration closes September 22nd unless capacity is reached earlier. Register by 11:59 CST.

To register, you must pay a $50 non-refundable deposit.

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