Students playing basketball

Being a student at Imperial is about more than getting good grades. We encourage all our students to get involved in life on campus – this is not only a great way for your son or daughter to settle into university life and make new friends, they’ll also have the chance to develop a diverse CV that showcases their potential to future employers.

What can my son/daughter get involved in?

Imperial College Union

Union photoOur Students' Union has over 350 clubs, societies and projects for students to join – 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
  • charitable
  • student media, including a student-run newspaper, TV station and radio station
  • social and recreational
  • cultural
  • 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. These include a Freshers' Fair to welcome students to Imperial and a Summer Ball to end the year in style.

Sport Imperial

Ethos is the College’s flagship sports centre. It’s situated right at the heart of our South Kensington campus, making it easy for your son/daughter to stay active all year round. 

All students receive free access* to the gym and swimming pool throughout their time here, and the facilities – including squash courts and a 9-metre high climbing wall – 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 son or daughter motivated.

Sport Imperial also has facilities available for students at other locations across our campuses.

* A one-off orientation and fitness induction fee (£40 in 2016–17) applies.

The arts

Music studentIf your son/daughter has an artistic or musical side, they will be 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 also 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, and science, culture and society.

Volunteering & 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, both 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 a range of Chaplains and Faith Advisors from different faith backgrounds, who provide confidential support on welfare issues. Resources are provided for students of all faiths, including information about places of worship, and use of the multi-faith prayer room, meeting room and library.