Keep COVID-19 off campus

The information on this page is for residents in the 2021-22 academic year. Information on arrivals is available on our Moving into Halls pages.

In order to keep everyone safe, we need you to play your part to keep COVID-19 off campus, including in our halls of residence. 

Although many of the national restrictions in England have been lifted, due to the unique shared living environment of a halls of residence, there are a few expectations we have for all residents. We also have a wide network of support available to you should you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 and need to self-isolate.  

What to expect - part 1

Face coverings

We will expect you to wear a face covering in any indoor areas outside of your own bedroom and kitchen. This includes receptions, hallways, lifts and communal areas.


You will be allocated a household, which will normally be comprised of your immediate neighbours. Whilst you will be free to socialise and mix between other households, you will be required to self-isolate if a member of your household becomes symptomatic and/or tests positive for COVID-19. Learn more about our self-isolation procedures


If you or someone in your household develops symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19, you must self-isolate within your household. You may be subject to College disciplinary proceedings if you do not follow the self-isolation guidelines.

What to expect - part 2


You will be able host guests from outside of your hall of residence, although you will be required to register their arrival and departure.


In order to ensure a high level of hygiene across our halls of residences, we will be maintaining enhanced cleaning services throughout communal areas, including common rooms, entrances and other frequent touch points.


Vaccination is free for everyone in the UK, including international students. We strongly recommend that you get vaccinated and report your vaccination status on MyImperial.

Self-isolating in halls

There may be times when you are required to self-isolate in halls, either because you have developed symptoms of COVID-19, have received a positive COVID-19 test or because someone in your household has. Information on when you need to self-isolate, what to expect and the support available to you is available on our self-isolating in halls webpages.

You must follow self-isolation guidelines at all times. Any residents in breach of self-isolation guidelines may face College disciplinary action.

Support in halls

Available support

There are many sources of support at Imperial if you are struggling.  

  • Your personal tutor and your Department are here to help you access the right support and services if you are experiencing any difficulties.  
  • Our support services are being delivered remotely, including the Counselling and Mental Health Advice Service which offers online and email counselling, as well as online workshops.  
  • Online Connect is a remote support group for students facilitated by mental health counsellors which gives you an opportunity to talk and connect with others if life feels unsettling and overwhelming.  
  • Staying active is essential for physical and mental wellbeing. Move Imperial's MoveFromHome programme features a schedule of virtual classes, fitness recommendations and playlists free for anyone in halls.
  • You can find out more about support on the Student Support Zone webpage.

Additional support is availble to residents who are required to self-isolate