There are certain things you can do before you arrive to help support your studies.

We recommend you refer to the information below to plan effectively before you join your course.

Before you arrive

Programme information

If they have not already been in touch, it is a good idea to get in contact with the programme administrator before you arrive, you can find their contact details on the programme webpage.

Your department will have a programme handbook which is a great place to find out more about what is in store for you, and who will be available to field any questions you might have when you start.

Key contacts

Make sure you know the key people for your programme, including the course organiser and the programme administrator. The programme team and their roles should be clearly described in the programme handbook.

Programme induction

You should be provided with information and instructions about how and when to arrive for the start of your course. An induction week typically takes place before learning starts, and is a handy opportunity to meet your programme team, tour the campus, introduce yourself to other students, and obtain useful information about your programme.

International students

The International Student Support team can provide lots of advice and guidance before you travel to the UK to start your studies. We have a guide for what to prepare before you start your studies here.

Accommodation and living in London

Living in London is an incredible experience, with plenty to explore. However, it is vitally important that you organise your accommodation as early as possible, and that you are aware of the cost of living in the capital. There are many different types of accommodation to suit your preferences.

Advice from current students

Existing students are a good source of advice and information about what you can expect at Imperial. Contact your Academic Reps for more information, or read some of the student blogs on the Imperial website.

Workshops and summer schools before you start

You may have the opportunity to attend some workshops or a Summer School before you arrive, which are not compulsory but may prepare you better for life at Imperial.

If you are an International Student, you may be required to attend a pre-sessional English course.

If you are unsure or have any queries about this, please get in contact with your programme administrator or the Admissions Team.

Events and activities when you arrive

In addition to your programme induction, there will be many events and activities within your faculty and across different campuses at Imperial. Keep checking the webpages for the Imperial College Union as they put on lots of great events throughout the year.

It’s important to experience life outside of your studies and to make sure you have a well-earned mental and physical break. Getting involved in clubs, societies and projects is a great way to meet other students and try new and exciting activities.