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Welcome to your new home

Preparing to move into your new home is an exciting experience. 

On these pages we have put together everything you'll need to prepare prior to your arrival.  We look forward to welcoming you to your new home! 


When will I find out what hall I am in? 

Offers of accommodation are sent in early September. Once you receive your offer, you will need to accept your place within the timeframe stated.

Travelling to the UK 

There are various rules you must be aware of if you are travelling to the UK internationally. If you are travelling internationally, you may be required to quarantine.  The UK Government places countries into either red, amber or green list categories based on current risk assessments. You can learn more about these categories on the Government's website. These lists are regularly updated and can be changed at short-notice, so we strongly urge you not to book travel until nearer the start of session. 

When can I arrive? 

The start of the autumn term is 2-3 October 2021, however there are two arrivals windows for halls of residence - 18-22 September and 2-3 October - depending upon where you are travelling from. This is to allow all students to complete appropriate periods of self-isolation or quarantine, outlined in the table below.

We require all residents to book an arrival slot as part of your e-induction which you will be expected to complete after accepting your offer. 

Arrival windows
Travelling fromArrival dates to hallFurther info
 Red list countries  2-3 October You will need to book a 10-day Quarantine Hotel via the Government website and schedule your arrival so you are completing your quarantine on 2-3 October. Learn more about the support we can provide on our Quarantine Hotel webpage.
 Amber list countries  18-22 September You can complete your self-isolation period in your hall. You will need to arrive no later than 22 September to ensure you complete your self-isolation prior to arrival weekend.
 UK / green list countries   2-3 October If you are not required to quarantine or self-isolate, it is not possible to arrive earlier than arrival weekend.
Summary of the table's contents

Further information

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: