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.

As part of the safety measures we have introduced in response to COVID-19, we have staggered arrivals over a two-week period. You must book your arrival slot through Your Halls e-induction. Whilst you can arrive anytime over these two weeks at no additional cost, we are asking that you only book to arrive on Saturday 19 or Sunday 20 if you are travelling from a destination where you are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. You can find out more in our self-isolating in halls page. 

In order to protect one another, face coverings will be essential in all communal and public areas in halls of residence, including receptions, kitchens, social spaces and shared bathrooms. You won’t be required to wear a face covering in your own private bedroom. You can find out more about where else a face covering is essential on the Keeping You Safe webpages.  

Residents will also be assigned Household Zones to help manage any instances of COVID-19 within the halls. In halls, such as Woodward, Kemp Porter, Paragon and Parsons House, your zone will be made up everyone living within your cluster flat. In our other halls, zones will be determined based on the kitchens or shared bathroom facilties you use. Find out more about household zones on our COVID halls procedures page.

Please be aware there may be times you are sharing your accommodation with people who are self-isolating, either as a precaution or because they have developed symptoms. As well as supporting all members of your household zones, you should always take precautions when using the shared facilities ensuring you clean touchpoints in those areas before and after use with the cleaning materials provided. 

You can read more about some of the other safety measures we have placed for moving in on our arriving to halls page.

Next steps

  • Accept accommodation offer - You will receive your offer of accommodation in Early September. You will have three days to accept your offer - if you do not accept it, you may not receive another one.
  • Complete e-induction - Once you have accepted your offer, you will be asked to complete Your Halls e-induction. This induction introduces you to your new hall and should be completed before you arrive.
  • Book your arrival slot - You will be asked to book your arrival slot as part of the e-induction. We strongly recommend that you do not make arrangements to move to halls until you have confirmed your arrival slot.

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: