Netherhall, with the provision of good study conditions, has always attracted keen students, and academic results have been consistently above average. First-year students can avail themselves of the experience and guidance of older students and graduates. Study weekends, reading parties and vacation courses are also arranged.
Spiritual activities at Netherhall House are entrusted to Opus Dei, a personal prelature of the Catholic Church.
Existing Victorian buildings in Netherhall Gardens were used from 1952. The first phase of purpose-built accommodation was completed in 1966 and opened by HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, HE Chief Emeka Anyaoku laid a foundation stone for the second and definitive phase of modern building in 1993, and the completed project was inaugurated by HRH the Duchess of Kent in 1995.
In June 2002 and again in September 2002, hundreds of residents and former residents attended celebrations at Netherhall marking the 50th anniversary of the opening of the House.
Other spiritual activities are organised such as seminars on Christian faith, retreats, and praying of the Rosary. All students are welcome to participate in these activities, whatever their creed, but are also totally free not to.
The hall has a resident chaplain, at present Fr Joseph Evans. Fr Joseph is also Roman Catholic chaplain to SOAS, Birkbeck College, and the Institute for the Study of the Americas, as part of the University of London chaplaincy team.