Living in London

There is no better place to prepare for your future career in business and have a great time while doing it than London.

In 2018, London was voted the best student city in the world in the QS Best Student Cities rankings. Possessing great scope for developing professional relationships and employment, London is the business capital of Europe. In addition to being one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, a variety of travel options mean London is extremely well-connected with the rest of the world. Studying here gives you a real advantage is understanding how to collaborate with people from a range of backgrounds and disciplines.

At Imperial College Business School you will also be close to the City, London’s financial and business centre and home to the headquarters of many global organisations. In just one area of London, there is a concentration of ideas and expertise that rivals almost any other part of the world.

For anyone seriously considering a future in business, London should be your first choice.

The sheer variety of restaurants, museums, shops, theatres and people is immense, and very few places in the world can match this. As some people say: if you’re bored of London, you’re bored of life!

Alexander RodriguezFull-Time MBA 2015-16

South Kensington

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

Our location in the fashionable and vibrant South Kensington, one of London’s most attractive neighbourhoods, brings you to the cultural heart of London, with many of the world’s most famous museums, art galleries, parks and restaurants on your doorstep. 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, two of London’s eight Royal Parks, Hyde Park, and the neighbouring Kensington Gardens, are just up the road from the Business School. If you’d rather relax by shopping, you can walk an equally short distance to Knightsbridge, where you can find some of London’s most exclusive shops, including one of the world’s favourites – Harrods. If you simply want some food or something to drink, there are 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.

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 scene, fabulous stores and endless entertainment choices that make London one of the most exciting cities in the world.

I like to live in cities, which is what I am used to since I am from Paris. But I find that London is even more cosmopolitan. Here, people really are from all over the world. It is more diverse and the people are open minded. They are attracted to London partly because so much of the world speaks English, but it is also about the culture I think. I like the environment here very much.

Maeva MontagnierMSc Finance, 2016-17

Being in the very centre of London, there's practically nothing one could miss. Transport, food, shops, park, gym, just everything is about a 5-10 minutes walk from Imperial College.

Honza HerodekMSc Strategic Marketing, 2016-17

London Transport

London is one of the world’s best connected cities, with a vast public transport system that can get you right across the city.

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.

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.

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.

Great connections to the rest of the UK and Europe

London’s connections with the rest of the UK and Europe are equally outstanding. Airports, rail connections and bus networks make it easy to go anywhere in Europe.

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

There are a number of 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.

Much like the rail connections, you have a range of destination options when travelling by bus. This is typically the cheapest mode of transport, particularly if you buy tickets in advance.

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