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COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Information for the 2021-22 academic year 

We hope that by the time you join us in autumn 2021, many of the major restrictions in place to prevent the rise of Coronavirus cases will have been lifted, thanks to the vaccine rollout programme being well underway in the UK.

However, we are continuing to ensure that we have contingency plans in place for all possible scenarios. 

We will keep our plans under continuous review, guided by the UK Government and by our own Covid response team who have played an active role in informing national and international policy to keep people safe.

If you're joining us for the first time in autumn 2021, 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 2021 – 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

Saturday 18 September: Undergraduate Open Day Extra 

Join us this September for the latest session in our Imperial360 Live series.

Hear directly from services across the College that will support your studies and explore on-demand videos and content on the subjects you're interested in.

This event is a top-up to our June series of events, which included sessions with each of our academic departments. If you missed these events, don't worry - book today to gain access to all the event recordings and more.

Visit our Open Days website to register your place and receive updates about future virtual events.

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