COVID-19 Procedures for Halls
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
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.
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
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.