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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 new academic year (20-21). 

Information for the 2020-21 academic year

Updated 15 September 2020

If you’re returning to your studies at Imperial in autumn 2020, we understand that you will have questions about how the disruption caused by COVID–19 will change our operations and processes in the new academic year.

Inevitably, we have had to make some changes to ensure that we can continue to keep you and our staff safe through the pandemic. We want to reassure you that we are doing all we can to ensure that you receive the best possible academic and student experience this autumn.

If you’re a new student joining us for the first time in the autumn, please visit our offer holder and applicants’ COVID FAQs pages – they have more specific information for you. 

You can also read the latest latest messages to our student community in our archive.

What to expect in autumn 2020

We’re currently making plans for our academic and student experience in two scenarios: 

  • under partial COVID restrictions (which is what we’re expecting will apply at Imperial in autumn 2020); and
  • under full COVID restrictions (if we need to return to lockdown)

You'll find information on both scenarios and how they will apply to lots of different aspects of student life at the College in the boxes below. These cover a whole range of areas from accommodation, your learning experience and extra-curricular activities to amenities, library services and how we’re planning to keep you safe at Imperial.

We will continue to expand this information as soon as we have more updates so please keep checking back.

New regulations

As of 14 September 2020, the UK Government introduced tighter regulations intended to suppress the spread of the virus in England, but educational and work settings are unaffected. A complete guide to the changes to the law can be found on the UK Government website


Information for the 2020/21 academic year

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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.

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Fees and funding

We will not be making any changes to advertised undergraduate or postgraduate fees for 2020–21. Find out more about:

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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. 

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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.

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International students

Find out more about what support we're putting in place for our international students, as well answers to frequently asked questions:

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Life in London

Under current UK government rules, many businesses are now open in London, including restaurants, shops and cafés. Public transport is running and new cycling and walking paths are being introduced across the capital.