View of London - Tower Bridge and the City

Kickstart your career in business in a global city of culture and innovation

London is one of the world’s true business capitals. A home to more global headquarters than anywhere else in Europe, studying here gives you easy access to unparalleled career and networking opportunities. London also boasts the continent’s largest startup community. Studying at Imperial gives you easy access to these career opportunities.

With unrivalled international transport links and a favourable time zone, London is also the ideal base for students needing to stay connected with other regions. We are proud to be part of such a multicultural city – where great business minds from all backgrounds are welcomed with open arms.

Tap into the opportunities of London

  • The world’s business city
  • Access the career and networking opportunities of the City
  • Europe’s largest startup hub
  • Unrivalled transport links and timezone central, ideal for students needing to stay connected with other regions
  • One of the world’s most multicultural cities
  • Inclusive and welcoming
  • A cultural powerhouse
  • Grow your professional and personal networks

Imperial College London is a global top 10 university respected by employers and decision-makers all over the world – and The Business School sits at the heart of our London campus. Here, cutting-edge research meets smart business application. Immersed in an environment of collaboration and knowledge-sharing, studying at Imperial College Business School will provide you with insights and connections that reach far beyond business.

London is a very vibrant city with numerous events such as meet-ups and networking sessions where students can discover a wide range of career opportunities and meet people in industries that they are interested in. For someone who is thinking of moving to London, come with an open-mind to explore and focus on gaining new experiences and meeting new friends!
MSc Business Analytics 2020
Denise Eng, MSc Business Analytics 2019-20, student at Imperial College Business School

Our location – South Kensington

London isn’t only renowned for its business influence – it is a city rich in history and culture, with a vibrant nightlife – a lot of which can be found near Imperial College London.

Our location in the fashionable and lively district of South Kensington brings you within walking distance of an unbeatable range of free museums and beautiful open spaces alongside more upmarket attractions.

Imperial sits side by side with the Royal College of Music, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, and of course, the Royal Albert Hall, where you will celebrate your hard work and achievement in style at your graduation ceremony.

If you are looking for some peace and quiet, three of London’s eight Royal Parks, Hyde Park, the neighbouring Kensington Gardens, and Green Park (right next to Buckingham Palace!) are just up the road from the Business School. If you’d rather relax by shopping, you can pop over to High Street Kensington, or to Knightsbridge, where you can find some of London’s most exclusive shops, including one of the world’s favourites – Harrods. If you want to grab a bite to eat or drink, there is a wide range of choices to suit anyone, from Farmers’ Markets to afternoon tea at a 5-star hotel – not to mention a selection of great pubs and local restaurants.

With this much happening in South Kensington alone, imagine what is happening London-wide! Studying at Imperial College Business School is a great opportunity to explore the lively arts and cultural scene, beautiful parks, fabulous stores, and endless entertainment choices that make London one of the most exciting cities in the world.

I think Hyde Park is my favourite location in London so it’s great that the campus is so close. I often take time between classes to go for a quick run around the park which is very relaxing.
Full-Time MBA 2019-20
Adam Butler, Full-Time MBA
My main advice for anyone moving to London would be to go out and talk to people, embrace yourself in a wide variety of cultures, visit museums and galleries during your free time and, most importantly, enjoy your stay in London! The city has a lot to offer, so make sure you benefit from it!
MSc Finance 2020
Anastasia Malakhova, MSc Finance 2019-20, student at Imperial College Business School

London Transport

London Underground system

London’s comprehensive underground system runs right under the entire city, with tubes running every few minutes. If you’re looking at catching the tube to Imperial, South Kensington is the nearest station and is served by the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines, making it easily accessible.

Bus

Just as easy as getting around on the Underground is catching one of London’s famous red double-decker buses, which operate throughout London. You can barely go one minute without seeing one as you walk the streets, a testament to the frequency with which London’s buses operate.

Car

If you have your own car and are hoping to drive to the Business School, please be advised that car parking at our South Kensington Campus is severely restricted and you are advised not to bring a car unless permission has been given. The car park is open to the public from 18.00 to Midnight on weekdays and from 08.00 to Midnight on weekends. Please note that overnight parking is not permitted. Pay and display parking is available in the streets surrounding the College for limited periods only.

Bike

Cycling around London is a great alternative to public transport. You can use your own bike – there are two secure bicycle stores on the South Kensington campus – or hire a Santander Cycle for as little as £2.

Great connections to the rest of the UK and Europe

Airports

If you are looking to fly into London or using a weekend off to explore another country, five major airports serve the city. London CityHeathrowGatwickStansted and Luton Airports are scattered around London and are easily accessible.

Rail

There are a number of rail service providers who can get you to numerous destinations across the UK or in Europe. Different levels of comfort are available to cater to your tastes, whether you are looking for a cheap trip and simply require a seat or you are looking to travel in style on a longer trip with your own cabin.

Bus

Much like the rail connections, you have a variety of destination options when travelling by bus. This is typically the cheapest mode of transport, particularly if you buy tickets in advance. National Express offers a range of good-value services.

Further information

Discover South Kensington – Find out about upcoming events, exhibitions and things to do near campus.

Tourist maps – Take a better look at the local attractions on our hand-drawn map.

Transport links