moving in

Welcome to your new home!

Preparing to move into your new home is a great experience. On these pages we have put together everything you will need to prepare prior to your arrival and what to expect during your arrival.

Arrival information for those on 24-week contracts 

Arrival to your accommodation in January will take place between Monday 4 and Friday 8 January 2021 and you should aim to arrive at halls between 09.00-17.00 when our staff are available.

In order to safely manage the arrival process we have staggered arrival slots. You can select a morning or afternoon slot.

We are aware that a small number of you are required to have moved into your accommodation before 31 December for visa reasons. If this applies to you, we have arrival slots available Monday 14 – Friday 18 December between 09.00-17.00. If you do not need to arrive before the end of December, we ask that you do not choose one of these slots.

Due to the College Holiday Closure period (Saturday 19 December 2020 to Sunday 3 January 2021 inclusive, there will be very limited ability to facilitate your arrival at a different date. If arrival between 14-18 December or 4-8 January is not possible, please email On arrival, please try and stick to your selected date and time as closely as possible and contact us as soon as you become aware of any delays. 

The College plans to resume on-campus teaching with a phased approach from 11 January, and are mindful that some students may need to self-isolate within this period. Our multi-mode teaching will allow you to attend your lectures remotely.

Useful information

What should I bring with me?

Please make sure you only pack what you need to bring as otherwise you will find moving in difficult and you will not have room for everything you bring. You will only be permitted to bring one other person into the halls with you to help you move in, and to help with social distancing lifts will be limited to one household at a time – which could make for a slower arrival process than usual.  

Although you will receive a Welcome Pack with three washable face coverings, you should also bring your own supply face coverings for use whilst you’re travelling and once you’ve arrived.  

Remember that you can always buy things after you have arrived at the College. You cannot send anything to the halls in advance, except for items purchased from UniKitOut 

Imperial students can receive a discount from UniKitOut, a company that specialises in providing packs that are tailored to the needs of new students. You may wish to consider pre-ordering bedding, crockery, cutlery and even some essential electrical items. Quote IMP10 at the checkout. 

Ensure that your boxes are clearly labelled (in English) with your name, hall name, Imperial College etc. Please make sure you only pack what you need to bring as otherwise you will find moving in difficult and you will not have room for everything you bring. 

All study bedrooms are equipped with:

  • a bed
  • study desk
  • chair
  • wardrobe
  • shelving
  • desk lamp
  • curtains or blinds
  • chest of drawers
  • notice board
  • book shelf
  • laundry basket

What to bring for your bedroom

  • pillows
  • duvet
  • flat sheets as bed sizes vary
  • alarm clock
  • clothes hangers
  • toiletries
  • hairdryer
  • towels
  • toilet roll
  • network cable

All kitchens are equipped with

  • cookers
  • hobs
  • toasters
  • kettles
  • microwaves

What to bring for your kitchen

  • cutlery
  • crockery
  • pots and pans
  • washing powder or liquid
  • tea towels
  • cleaning materials, e.g. wash cloths, mild cleaning detergent

If you are bringing a bicycle we recommend that you secure your bicycle with a D-lock.

What not to bring

You are advised to not bring the following prohibited item with you:

  • electric fires
  • gas and liquid fuel heaters
  • candles
  • rice cookers
  • pressure cookers
  • deep fat fryers
  • one cup coffee/tea makers
  • hookah pipes
  • e-cigarettes
  • refrigerator
  • hot plates
  • TV - televisions are already provided in most common areas. If you intend to bring your own TV for your room you will need a TV licence - for more info see Do students need a TV Licence?

Other useful information

Pre-arrival administration

We know you're provided with a lot of information on things you have to do before arriving. Here we've compiled a list of some of the essential steps to remember.

Have you: