Life at Imperial is about more than getting good grades.
We encourage all our students to get involved in life on campus. Activities help to settle into their new life at university life and make new friends. Participation also helps develop a diverse CV that showcases their potential to future employers.
What can they get involved in?
Imperial College Union
Our Students' Union has over 380 clubs, societies and projects for students to join. It's one of the largest selections of any UK university.
They play a big part in enriching the social, cultural and educational experiences of our students, as well as being an outlet for them to try new activities, meet new people and have fun away from their studies.
Open to everyone, they cover almost every activity you can think of, including:
- sports and martial arts
- arts, music and entertainment, including a student-run cinema
- student media, including a student-run newspaper, TV station and radio station
- social and recreational
- academic and departmental
- outdoor activities, including caving, gliding and canoeing
The Union also runs two bars and a nightclub on campus and puts on a wide range of social events throughout the year.
Welcome Fair will introduce students to Imperial and a Summer Ball ends the year in style.
Ethos is the College’s flagship sports centre.
It’s situated right at the heart of our South Kensington campus, making it easy to stay active all year round.
Students can choose a 'Basic' or 'Gym and Swim' membership. The basic membership is free and allows students to access the centre and book activities.
Access to the gym and swimming pool costs £30 per year.
Facilities include squash courts and a 9-metre high climbing wall – which are of such a high standard that they sometimes play host to professional sports teams.
Year-round fitness classes and regular sports events are just some of the options available to keep your child active.
Move Imperial also has facilities available for students at other locations across our campuses.
Artistic or musical students are well catered for at Imperial, with options including:
- 10 music practice rooms
- a professional lunchtime concert series
- four orchestras, six choirs, a wind band and a jazz big band
- music lessons
- an art gallery for displaying student exhibitions
- an art studio and workshops
- various arts-related clubs and societies, including a Dramatic Society and a Musical Theatre Society
We offer language classes and other humanities courses that all undergraduates can take, either alongside their degree or for credit, through our Imperial Horizons programme. These include modules on business skills, global challenges, culture and society.
Volunteering and religion
Volunteering is a fantastic way to develop valuable skills and knowledge that can enhance employability while also providing a deep sense of achievement.
There is a wide range of opportunities available in the UK and abroad and we encourage all our students to get involved.
Faith and worship
The Chaplaincy Multi-Faith Centre provides access to Chaplains and Faith Advisors from different faith backgrounds who can provide confidential support on welfare issues.
Resources are provided for students of all faiths. These include information about places of worship and the use of the multi-faith prayer room, meeting room and library.