On this page:
  • What do I need to know and do?
  • Imperial websites to check out
  • Information for students on the autistic spectrum
If you have been offered a place at Imperial, there are a few things to know and do before arriving to ensure you have the easiest transition to higher education as possible.

What do I need to know and do?

Disclose

You can disclose on your UCAS application, student record or directly to us via email. To ensure reasonable adjustments can be made for you, we advise you to get in touch sooner rather than later.

Make an appointment

The start of term is very busy, don’t leave it too late to make an appointment with us.

Evidence

Having up-to-date and relevant evidence will ensure we can put in place any support or adjustments you may need smoothly and quickly.

Adjustments and support

Have a look at the adjustments and support we may be able to offer you. You will have a better understanding of what these are if they are discussed during your appointment.  

Apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs)

You may be eligible for extra funding through student finance. Visit the government's DSA website for further information.  

Plan your parking

It gets very busy during Welcome week. Try and park as close to your Halls of Residence as possible. If you are a blue badge holder, it is possible you may be able to reserve a parking space on campus. Can I use the car park page has further information.  

Arrange accommodation

Imperial will send firm offer holders the accommodation application form during the summer. Please ensure you disclose any specific rooming requirements you may need on your accommodation application. If you are likely to need your room adapting, for example, a fridge to store medication or a hoist, please make an appointment with the Disability Advisory Service during the summer.  
 
We also have a disability-related accommodation subsidy which you can apply for after you have enrolled if you meet the eligibility criteria. 

 

Know who your departmental disability officer is

Departmental disability officers are the first point of contact within your department. They will ensure the agreed adjustments are implemented.  Making yourself known to them will ensure that there's someone in your academic department who is familiar with your needs and can deal with any problems that might arise in having them fully provided for.  

Register with Imperial College Health Centre

Imperial has a Health Centre located on South Kensington Campus. Registering with them will ensure that there's a local medical professional who knows about your needs and make recommendations to us for any support they may think appropriate. 

Information for students on the autistic spectrum

We offer a two-day transition event for students starting in September. This happens just before Welcome Week. If you disclose an autistic spectrum condition on your UCAS application, an invite will be sent to you during the summer.   
Benefits of the transition event are:
  • you get to move in early;
  • you will be introduced to the various support teams available and meet staff members;
  • quieter time to adjust to your new environment;
  • you get to meet other autistic students who are starting at Imperial.  

Lunch and refreshments are provided by Imperial on both days.