Finding the right accommodation for you

It can be daunting to consider living arrangements when planning to relocate to London. 

Whether you opt for private rented accommodation or postgraduate accommodation in convenient London locations through GradPad, there's support available to help you make your choice.

What if I need to self-isolate on arrival in the UK?

If you are travelling from certain countries you may be required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in the UK. Please refer to the UK Government guidance on this requirement. It is your responsibility to check if you are required to self-isolate and to follow the UK Government guidance carefully. All travellers to the UK are also required to provide your journey and contact details before you travel by completing this online form.

You can find further information and guidance around quarantining on arrival here.

Where to live

London boasts a number of neighbourhoods, each with a different culture, feel and personality. Popular areas close to South Kensington include Knightsbridge, Earl’s Court, Shepherd’s Bush, White City, Fulham, Putney, Clapham Junction and Battersea.

Imperial’s location guide offers useful advice on different areas of London including video summaries, transport links and average rent per week.

Private housing

There are many options for students who decide to live in private rented accommodation whilst attending the Business School. Rental costs can vary considerably depending on the size and location of the property, but our Accommodation Office can help you to find somewhere suitable and provide advice on contracts and paperwork.

More details about living in private accommodation are available on the Accommodation website.

Contact details:
Student Enquiry and Accommodation Centre
Imperial College London
Level 3, Sherfield Building
London SW7 2AZ
T: +44 (0) 207 594 9444

I chose to live in South Kensington because it is a beautiful neighbourhood, filled with students and it’s the same area as the Business School. South Kensington has many shops, restaurants, museums, and is close to Hyde Park, which is good when you want to do some exercise.
MSc Management 2019
Shaheer Rahman


Accommodation tailored to postgraduate students, your options include self-contained studio flats and private en-suite bedrooms in cluster flats with shared kitchens.

Benefits include communal areas shared with postgraduate students from other universities in London, an on-site gym, common room, games area and designated quiet study spaces.

Once you have accepted your offer, you are able to book accommodation via GradPad, who offer a range of postgraduate accommodation in properties at the following locations:

  • Griffon Studios, Battersea

  • Wood Lane Studios, White City

Find out more here

Contact details:
T: +44 (0) 203 489 5853

I lived in GradPad Wood Lane, which I really enjoyed. It is a safe and nice place to live when you’re a student, since all the amenities are there. There was a study room, communal areas and good transport links, which I really enjoyed.
MSc Investment & Wealth Management 2018
Karen Ermel
I lived in Bayswater, north of Hyde Park. It was five tube stops to South Kensington or about a 20 minute walk to the Business School. I chose the area specifically because of its proximity to campus as well as the convenience of the neighbourhood. I was very tempted by the idea of commuting through Hyde Park every day. The close proximity meant that I could be involved in as much activities at Imperial as possible without being too far from home.
Full-Time MBA 2017-18