United St Saviour’s Charity has been providing almshouses for older people since the 16th Century, driven by the organisation’s core value to provide exceptional housing for the people of Southwark. Today, we provide 130 homes across three sites. With a focus on independent living in a safe and supportive environment, our homes are suitable for single occupants and couples aged 65 and over.

Our three almshouses (Appleby Blue, Hopton Gardens and St Saviour’s Court), are inspired by user-centric design. We provide  a small number of 2 bedroom properties at St Saviour’s Court and Appleby Blue but the majority of our properties are self-contained one bedroom flats. To give all our residents’ peace of mind, each property is fitted with an emergency telecare system, that link directly to our on-site managers or out-of-hours call out service for when managers are not on site. We aim to provide best-in-class housing for the local people that need it most.

People living in our almshouses are residents, not tenants, and make weekly maintenance contributions towards the cost of their homes. Our weekly maintenance charges are based on affordable rent costs and in many cases will be covered by housing benefit, if the resident is eligible

Our eligibility criteria

To qualify for consideration as a resident you must meet the following criteria:

  • Age Requirement: At least 65 years old.
  • Local Connection: A minimum of three years’ residency in Southwark.
  • Financial Need: Demonstrable financial need and eligibility for charitable support.
  • Ability to live independently: with help from carers if necessary

*Please note, we are not currently accepting applications for the Appleby Blue almshouse.

How to Apply

Applying to live in one of our almshouses is easy. Simply download our enquiry form and return it to United St Saviour’s Charity. Once we have received your enquiry, we will contact you  to confirm it is with our team for consideration. Please be sure to tell us which almshouse you are interested in. At this stage, we will let you know whether you are likely to be eligible as an almshouse resident. If you are eligible, we may offer you an opportunity to view your preferred almshouse by appointment. Please note, all information we receive will be treated as confidential.

Download our residents’ enquiry form here and return it either by email or by post to:


POST: United St Saviour’s Charity, 16 Crucifix Lane, London SE1 3JW.


Appleby Blue

Hopton's Almshouses

St. Saviour's Court

Meet the Residents

History of our Almshouses