Keep COVID-19 off campus

The information on this page is for residents in the 2021-22 academic year. Information on arrivals is available on our Moving into Halls pages.

In order to keep everyone safe, we need you to play your part to keep COVID-19 off campus, including in our halls of residence. 

Although many of the national restrictions in England have been lifted, due to the unique shared living environment of a halls of residence, there are a few expectations we have for all residents. We also have a wide network of support available to you should you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 and need to self-isolate.  

What to expect - part 1

Face coverings

We expect you to wear a face covering in any indoor areas outside of your own bedroom and kitchen. This includes receptions, hallways, lifts and communal areas.


You are part of a household, which will normally be comprised of your immediate neighbours. Whilst you are free to socialise and mix between other households, you are required to self-isolate if a member of your household becomes symptomatic and/or tests positive for COVID-19. Learn more about our self-isolation procedures


If you or someone in your household develops symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19, you must self-isolate within your household. You may be subject to College disciplinary proceedings if you do not follow the self-isolation guidelines.

What to expect - part 2


You are able host guests from outside of your hall of residence, although you will be required to register their arrival and departure. Specific guidance is available on a local basis.


Residents in halls of residence are required to take weekly tests. This may be a twice-weekly LFD test or a weekly PCR test. Learn more about the College's testing schemes.


Vaccination is free for everyone in the UK, including international students and in some cases will exempt you from self-isolationWe strongly recommend that you get vaccinated and report your vaccination status on MyImperial.

Self-isolating in halls

There may be times when you are required to self-isolate in halls, either because you have developed symptoms of COVID-19, have received a positive COVID-19 test or because someone in your household has. Information on when you need to self-isolate, what to expect and the support available to you is available on our self-isolating in halls webpages.

You must follow self-isolation guidelines at all times. Any residents in breach of self-isolation guidelines may face College disciplinary action.

Support in halls

Available support

There are many sources of support at Imperial if you are struggling.  

  • Your personal tutor and your Department are here to help you access the right support and services if you are experiencing any difficulties.  
  • Our support services are being delivered remotely, including the Counselling and Mental Health Advice Service which offers online and email counselling, as well as online workshops.  
  • Online Connect is a remote support group for students facilitated by mental health counsellors which gives you an opportunity to talk and connect with others if life feels unsettling and overwhelming.  
  • Staying active is essential for physical and mental wellbeing. Move Imperial's MoveFromHome programme features a schedule of virtual classes, fitness recommendations and playlists free for anyone in halls.
  • You can find out more about support on the Student Support Zone webpage.

Additional support is availble to residents who are required to self-isolate