Student guidance on COVID-19 (coronavirus)
We understand that this is a challenging time for our student community due to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19). These pages provide you with the latest information about plans for the upcoming new academic year (21-22).
Information for the 2021-22 academic year
Updated 27 September 2021
Autumn term and returning to campus
As we begin the Autumn term, our priority is for you to experience everything our campuses and London has to offer. We therefore look forward to welcoming our students back to campus in autumn 2021 for an educational and research experience that will maximise in-person activities on our campuses throughout the academic year, unless we are prevented from doing so by UK government restrictions.
As a university that offers a practical approach to learning and research, we are very excited to be able to open the doors of our labs, lectures, and facilities once again for teaching, extra-curricular activities, and discovery. We hope you are equally excited to return.
As a community, we have learnt a lot from this past year. Our combination of cutting-edge technology and academic excellence resulted in some new and creative ways of learning and engaging with each other on campus and remotely. We have also produced a summary of some of the ways in which we have collaborated with the student community to deliver investment in your university experience.
Many of the changes we have had to make to your experience have worked well, and we will retain some of these approaches in the new academic year to enhance your overall experience on campus. This will vary course-by-course but, in general:
- Classroom tutorials and laboratory activities will be hosted on our campuses. We are planning for these crucial and engaging learning opportunities to be delivered without social distancing in place. We anticipate UK government guidelines will support this decision by the time you return for the new academic year.
- Lectures may be hosted online when this method is deemed to be educationally beneficial to students.
- Access to research labs and offices will continue to be regulated by your local department and will operate in a COVID-safe manner.
A COVID-safe, regularly-tested campus community
The UK government is keeping its public health guidance under continual review to suppress the spread of the virus in England. To keep up with the changes, you can visit the UK Government website and read what they mean for us at the College on the COVID-19 status and response page.
Testing is a vitally important part of our objective to keep our campuses safe for everyone. You are required to take weekly tests if you attend campus or live in halls of residence.
Information for the 2020/21 academic year
Your learning experience
Your teaching, research, and training will start on schedule and will be a combination of on-campus (in-person) and remote (online). We call this ‘multi-mode’ delivery.
You can find our more information about the delivery of your programme here too.
Your student experience
Find out more about the plans we have in place to make sure you have the best possible student experience and a very warm welcome to Imperial.
- See changes that will impact our student community, from Welcome Week to social events
- See how we've adapted our wellbeing student services, including the Disability Advisory Service, and Counselling and Mental Health
- Find out more about what careers support you can access
- See how we're adapting our extra-curricular activities
Keeping you safe
Keeping all our students safe is a top priority for us. Government guidance in the UK is changing rapidly – but we are making plans for your safe return in the autumn.
This section contains guidance on the measures we are taking for your safety, plus information about COVID-19 and the healthcare support available to you.
Find out how what changes we've made to our halls of residence this year, and what help we can offer students seeking private accommodation.
- Find out how we've adapted our undergraduate halls of residence
- Explore postgraduate accommodation options
- Private accommodation help
Amenities and library services
Find out how we are preparing our amenities for the new academic year. From sports facilities to libraries to our catering outlets.