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Will I be able to apply to Imperial through Clearing/Adjustment?
Imperial say they are not taking part in Clearing or Adjustment for the 2013 cycle.


How long will it take for Imperial to give me an offer/rejection/interview?

It depends. Some people apply early on and hear back within 2 weeks, others will apply in October, and not hear back until March! If Imperial takes a long time to respond do not automatically assume you have been rejection. No news is good news! After interviews the department may give you a rough estimate of how long you should expect to wait for a response, but in my experience they often don't stick to this.



I have already got my results and Imperial want to see the certificates. Where should I send them?

Admissions are handled by the Registry. Address is here.


Are my grades good enough?
Chances are your grades are good enough if you are considering Imperial. Check the university's general admission requirements as well as course requirements. Most courses will ask for A and A* grades at A level. Don't be intimidated by the grades of other users on the forum, these people reflect only a small proportion of applicants. If you meet the entrance requirements stated on the website or in the prospectus then do apply. The university will look at more than just grades.


Will I get in if I miss my offer?
Occasionally people who narrowly miss their offers are still accepted. However Imperial is a very competitive university and it's unlikely you will get in if you miss your offer. This is why it is important for you too chose an insurance university that you will be happy to go to.



University life

Are there many societies?
Imperial has a huge number of active societies. With over 300 clubs and societies, there's bound to be something for everyone. Joining societies is a great way to meet other people and get involved with campus life.


What's the boy/girl ratio like?
It's well known that Imperial is more male dominated. The ratio differs greatly between departments. In halls you will be mixed and you have the opportunity to meet people in societies. You probably won't notice the ratio that much. People joke about it, but it's not usually serious.


What is sport like at Imperial?
Imperial's gym is called Ethos. You only have to pay for a £30 induction and you are free to use the gym for the duration of your studies at Imperial. This is a very good deal! The gym has a pool, sauna, steam room and spa pool which is also free for you to use. There are lots of sports you can get involved in, including archery, fencing and rock climbing.


What's the work load like? Will I have time to go out and enjoy myself?

Imperial students work hard and play hard. If you're smart enough to get in, chances are you're smart enough to cope. You will find that you are very busy around exam time, but manage your time well and you will have opportunities to go out and have fun the rest of the year.


For an excellent review on the social life at Imperial read The lie about Imperial College London.


Accommodation

For more information on accommodation, please see our dedicated Imperial College Accommodation thread.

How do I apply for accommodation?
The university will send you an email inviting you to apply for accommodation, with details of how to do so. In past years these emails have been sent out from May onwards. They send them out in batches, so don't panic if some people have heard before you. Provided you apply before the deadline, you will have as much chance as them.


When will I be able to apply for accommodation?
End of May onwards.


Am I guaranteed accommodation?

In your first year you are guaranteed a room in halls, provided you apply before the deadline (usually in July).


How does the allocation process work?
The allocation process takes in early September. Special software is used to automatically allocate applications in a randomised format. This software will read the forms and match applications against rooms subject to availability. An accommodation offer will be sent to you by email. You will be need to pay a £250 deposit. This is your only offer, so if you reject it you will have to find private accommodation.


Will I get one of my choices?
You are guaranteed a room in halls, but you are not guaranteed one of your choices. Most people do get one of their 5 choices though.


What's the deal with shared bedrooms?

There is the option to share a room with one other, or two other people. Double and triple rooms are a great way to save some cash in your first year. Another benefit is that when you first move in you have someone to talk to with straight away. This can help ease anxiety in your first few days. Most people get on fine with their room mate(s).If you apply for shared rooms, you will probably end up in a shared room. There are plenty of single rooms available, and most people who apply for single rooms will get a single room.


Which hall is best?
There is no best hall. They all have their own little quirks, and you'll probably have a great time where ever you end up. People have different needs and different budgets, so which hall is best is a very personal thing. Check out the accommodation thread for more information about the different halls. Imperial's website also gives a lot of detailed information on the different halls, including photographs.

Can I stay in halls after my first year?
Halls are guaranteed to first years, but after your first year you cannot be guaranteed accommodation and will have to look elsewhere. Don't panic though, the university provides a lot of support and advice.

There are some circumstances where you can stay in halls:

- Hall seniors are students in their 2nd/3rd/4th year who stay in halls to help organise hall events.
- People drop out during the year, so often people living outside halls move in.
- Medical/disability/welfare reasons.





If you have any questions that are not answered, feel free to post them here. If the same questions come up frequently then I shall add them to this post, along with anything else I can think of later.
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Thanks for that FAQ!

I've been browsing the imperial website but haven't found an answer to the following. I thought it'd best fit into this thread:

When do we have to pay tuition fees? Do we get notified by Imperial via E-mail that we have to pay or how does it work?
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Thanks for that FAQ!

I've been browsing the imperial website but haven't found an answer to the following. I thought it'd best fit into this thread:

When do we have to pay tuition fees? Do we get notified by Imperial via E-mail that we have to pay or how does it work?
If you are an international student you'll be emailed an invoice from Imperial sometime in August. It will give you details on when the fee is due, how to pay etc.

If you are a home student you need not worry as the student loans company sends the tuition fee loan directly to Imperial.
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If you don't meet your firm offer, is that pretty much an automatic no?

I've got an A*AA offer for Electronic & Electrical Engineering. Let's say I got A*AB... is that probably a rejection?
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If you don't meet your firm offer, is that pretty much an automatic no?

I've got an A*AA offer for Electronic & Electrical Engineering. Let's say I got A*AB... is that probably a rejection?
No one can say for sure as it depends on how many people meet their offer on the day. Imperial doesn't exactly have a reputation for being lenient though. In most cases it will probably be a no. Best thing to do is to just not worry about it until results day and see what happens. Your results may turn out ok.
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No one can say for sure as it depends on how many people meet their offer on the day. Imperial doesn't exactly have a reputation for being lenient though. In most cases it will probably be a no. Best thing to do is to just not worry about it until results day and see what happens. Your results may turn out ok.
Well, one can hope I guess. Thanks for the info.
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guys im in a bit of a situation, and I would love to receive some advice. I have just finished my AS exams(maths, physics, chemistry and biology), I mite be applying for engineering - so I thought picking up further maths nxt year would be a great idea. then I realised that at the time of my application, I wouldn't have achieved a grade on it, since I have just started it. this made me rethink, is it really worth it?- how would it help my application - since I picked it up late, would it be one of my conditional offer? I would love to get advice from anyone who has been in a similar situation, or who know how this works.
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guys im in a bit of a situation, and I would love to receive some advice. I have just finished my AS exams(maths, physics, chemistry and biology), I mite be applying for engineering - so I thought picking up further maths nxt year would be a great idea. then I realised that at the time of my application, I wouldn't have achieved a grade on it, since I have just started it. this made me rethink, is it really worth it?- how would it help my application - since I picked it up late, would it be one of my conditional offer? I would love to get advice from anyone who has been in a similar situation, or who know how this works.
Highly likely that Imperial might ask for it in your offer (they do that to call people's bluff if they state things like Additional Further Maths, AEA, STEP, EPQs to try and get a leg up) - how many subjects are you planning to do at A2? I'm assuming you haven't done A2 Maths in advance...if you plan on dropping one of your ASes you may be okay, though if you plan to do all four A2s then you may be in for trouble (Imps WILL give out 4-grade A2 offers if you're doing four A2s.) It may also depend on your department, though.

IMO if you're confident you can comfortably achieve an A-grade in AS FM (with whatever subjects' workload you want to do next year) and don't mind Imps asking for it in your offer, then I'd say go ahead and put it in your app (with a "pending" grade.) Otherwise, you'd want to think a bit more carefully and strategically. Maybe do the material but don't sit it as an exam (and you can write about that in your PS), or don't declare it in UCAS if you won't be done for legally for not declaring (I'm not sure of the legalities atm.)

I won't deny that FM will help a fair bit with some of the initial first-year material. FM is NOT a must for engineering though, you can still get in without it - you just have to work harder in first year, where the curriculum is meant to bring everyone up to speed (we all have different pre-u qualifications so we need some common standards!)
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i would be dropping biology and picking up further maths
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i would be dropping biology and picking up further maths
Then you might well expect a three-A2 offer with an AS offer requirement stated, especially because it's FM and is related to engineering (you'd do well to mentally prepare yourself for that scenario, and consider an offer not requiring FM as a bonus.) If you get an interview, they may well pick up on that too - so have a good answer ready for why you chose to do what you're doing! It's not a very common route, that's why.

What engineering course are you looking to join? If it's BME (biomed eng) then Bio comes in handy; but it's no big deal whichever way you choose to go about it. Otherwise the other engineering streams don't have a bio component so you're okay.
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Thank you for this thread!
I applied to Imperial for medicine this year, and was offered an interview. Ultimately though, I was rejected.
If I get very good grades (fingers crossed!) at A Level, say A*A*A, should I call them up to ask if they would reconsider? Some people are telling me thats how loads of people get in. Because I am going to reapply for medicine anyway, with (almost) the same personal statement, reference, and re-take the BMAT.. for what? I already jumped through the same hurdles last year!
And if I should call them up.. where exactly should I 'call'? Who exactly should I speak to? I bet they'd be inundated with calls on results day..
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Hello,
Does anyone have any idea when the CAS number for international student visas will be issued?

Thanks a bunch
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Do the sports facilities include a tennis court(s) by any chance? :P If not, would anyone know where the closest one is?
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(Original post by Gavin.)
Do the sports facilities include a tennis court(s) by any chance? :P If not, would anyone know where the closest one is?
Not a ethos, if your into tennis recommend having a look at the tennis clubs:
https://www.union.ic.ac.uk/acc/tennis/ (general)
https://www.imperialcollegeunion.org...ies/a-to-z/669 (medics)

they would be your best source of information.
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Hello,

I am currently an offer holder for Biomedical Engineering. However, I would like to switch to electrical engineering. Is such a switch possible? I already have my A -levels in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, and I fit all the entry requirements.

Your answer would be greatly appreciated
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Hello,

I am currently an offer holder for Biomedical Engineering. However, I would like to switch to electrical engineering. Is such a switch possible? I already have my A -levels in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, and I fit all the entry requirements.

Your answer would be greatly appreciated
Transfers are not common, but do happen occassionally. For the very competitive courses it is probably not going to happen. Transfering within a department is fairly simple, but as you want to transfer between departments it is a bit more complicated and it may not be possible. You need to contact both departments and get them to agree to the transfer. I suggest contacting them sooner rather than later. Be prepared to accept that they may say no.
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Should international students be expecting a welcome pack by mail of any sort?
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Should international students be expecting a welcome pack by mail of any sort?
Same question here

Suppose a welcome pack will not be posted, should students from other countries expect anything at all to be sent to them after their place has been confirmed?
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guys im in a bit of a situation, and I would love to receive some advice. I have just finished my AS exams(maths, physics, chemistry and biology), I mite be applying for engineering - so I thought picking up further maths nxt year would be a great idea. then I realised that at the time of my application, I wouldn't have achieved a grade on it, since I have just started it. this made me rethink, is it really worth it?- how would it help my application - since I picked it up late, would it be one of my conditional offer? I would love to get advice from anyone who has been in a similar situation, or who know how this works.
I was in almost exactly the same situation last year. Okay, so I did my AS levels in maths chem physics and history. Decided then that I wanted to study physics at uni so I needed further maths to stand a chance at getting into a top uni. So I dropped history. And then I decided to do the entire A level in one year alongside the other three. On ucas it asks you to list the modules you're expected to complete so you literally just list all the further maths modules you intend to take. I don't think it matters which modules you say you'll do. And your school will then give you a prediction, my teacher gave me a prediction based on AS performance in maths. Then my offer from imperial for theoretical physics was A*AA in either maths chem physics or maths further maths and physics. And my UCL one was AAB specified maths further maths and physics. So they didn't give a **** about chemistry.
Studying further maths will definitely boost your application especially as you're applying for engineering so I would recommend it. I don't think I would've been given an offer had I decided not to do further maths.
It's a lot of work and I didn't do so much for chemistry because most of my effort was focused on further maths. But it was worth it cos I got an A*
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I was in almost exactly the same situation last year. Okay, so I did my AS levels in maths chem physics and history. Decided then that I wanted to study physics at uni so I needed further maths to stand a chance at getting into a top uni. So I dropped history. And then I decided to do the entire A level in one year alongside the other three. On ucas it asks you to list the modules you're expected to complete so you literally just list all the further maths modules you intend to take. I don't think it matters which modules you say you'll do. And your school will then give you a prediction, my teacher gave me a prediction based on AS performance in maths. Then my offer from imperial for theoretical physics was A*AA in either maths chem physics or maths further maths and physics. And my UCL one was AAB specified maths further maths and physics. So they didn't give a **** about chemistry.
Studying further maths will definitely boost your application especially as you're applying for engineering so I would recommend it. I don't think I would've been given an offer had I decided not to do further maths.
It's a lot of work and I didn't do so much for chemistry because most of my effort was focused on further maths. But it was worth it cos I got an A*
thank you, great wealth of information
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