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COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Information for the 2020-21 academic year 

If you're joining us for the first time in autumn 2020, we understand that you will have questions about how the disruption caused by COVID–19 will change our operations and processes for the 2020–21 academic year.

Inevitably, we have had to make some changes to ensure that we can continue to keep our students and staff safe through the pandemic. But we want to reassure you that we are doing all we can to ensure that you receive the best possible academic and student experience this autumn.

What to expect in autumn 2020

We’re currently making plans for our academic and student experience in two scenarios:

  • under partial COVID restrictions (this is the scenario we expect will apply at Imperial in autumn 2020); and
  • under full COVID restrictions (if we need to return to lockdown)

If you're joining us for the first time in autumn 2020, please visit our COVID-19 information for applicants and offer holders webpages. If you’re a returning student please visit our current students COVID-19 information pages – they have more specific information for you.


South Kensington

Imperial's main campus is located in South Kensington, on the site where the original College was founded in 1907.

South Kensington is at the heart of 'Albertopolis', the realisation of Prince Albert’s vision for an area where science and the arts would come together.

As a result, South Kensington is prime sightseeing land. So you may find yourself rubbing shoulders with tourists on Exhibition Road (where three world famous museums are located) on the approach to campus. You will have the advantage of being able to visit these attractions at your leisure. You will also enjoy discounted access to the museums' special exhibitions with your Imperial student card.

Take a look at Discover South Kensington for all the latest information on events in our neighbourhood, and check out this blog post from student blogger Lorna to find out the best places to eat near campus!

Imperial has been building its support for entrepreneurially-minded students and early career researchers with the Imperial Enterprise Lab and Imperial Advance Hackspace

Imperial Bursary


Up to £5,000/year is available for Home undergraduate students through our Imperial Bursary scheme. Provided your annual household income remains under £60,000, you may automatically qualify for funding on a sliding scale (between £2,000 and £5,000) for every year that your course lasts.

The Imperial Bursary scheme does not distinguish between students living at home and those living away from home; it’s also paid on top of any Government funding you may also be eligible for – and you don’t have to pay it back.

There is no separate application for the bursary – to be eligible you must have your household income assessed each year by the Student Loans Company by applying for government finance e.g. maintenance loan through your regional funding body.

Student Support Zone

Students support zone

We think you’ll have an amazing time at Imperial. But it would be surprising if you felt like that all the time. None of us do. So for times when you do need a helping hand – with managing your money, with accommodation, with your personal wellbeing, with anything really – we’re here for you.

We also have a dedicated Student Support Zone, which is your ultimate guide to the support available for you at the College.


Careers Service

Imperial currently holds the top spot for graduate employability in The Guardian University Guide 2020 – and we’re committed to maintaining this success.

Our Careers Service is on hand to support your career planning from your very first day and for up to three years after graduation. As an Imperial alumnus, you will also enjoy a number of other benefits, including invitations to events and discounts on further study at the College and at Imperial College Business School.

Find out more about careers, entrepreneurship, placements and internships, and volunteering.

Clubs and societies


We have a wide range of self-catered accommodation to suit a range of budgets. Rents are paid on a termly basis and they include all bills (gas and electricity, internet and insurance for your personal possessions) making it easy to keep track of what you need to pay and when.

All first-year students who accept Imperial as their firm choice are guaranteed a place in College accommodation provided they're eligible and complete their application by the deadline.

Living in halls is a great way to immerse yourself in Imperial life from your very first day as you become part of a residential community of students from all different departments and all different countries.

The halls vary in their location and character and each has its own individual atmosphere and social life.

Experienced residential support teams are on hand 24/7 in every hall, supported by a number of returning students. They’re there to look after your wellbeing and to keep everything running smoothly. They also organise  a variety of social opportunities throughout the academic to bring everyone together.

Open Days

Our next Virtual Open Days: Imperial360 Live will take place across two weekends in September:

  • Saturday 19 September – Sunday 20 September 2020
  • Saturday 26 September – Sunday 27 September 2020

The line-up for each day is different, featuring different departments from our three Faculties (Engineering, Medicine, Natural Sciences) – visit our Open Days website for the full schedule.

What to expect:

  • Live talks from our academic departments about the courses and subject areas we offer
  • Opportunities to put your questions to current staff and students
  • Presentations on admissions and accommodation
  • Access to a range of on-demand content with expert staff

You can also tour our main home in South Kensington using our new virtual tour: Imperial 360.