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We hope that by the time you join us in autumn 2021, many of the major restrictions in place to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 will have been lifted, thanks to the vaccine rollout programme being well underway in the UK.

However, due to the unique circumstances of communal halls of residence, you should expect some COVID-19 safety guidelines to be in place when you arrive in halls. We are keeping our plans under continuous review and they are likely to develop across the 2021-22 academic year, guided by the UK Government and by our own COVID response team who have played an active role in informing national and international policy. 

This page provides a summary of what to expect when you arrive in halls this autumn:

What to expect - part 1

Face coverings

We encourage 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. You are free to socialise and mix between other households. You're no longer obliged to self-isolate if someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19, although if there is a sharp increases in cases in your hall, this guidance may change.


If you test positive for COVID-19, in order to keep our community safe, you are strongly advised to self-isolate for at least 5 days. Learn more about this on 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.


We encourage you to test regularly, including utilising College testing whilst facilities are available.


Vaccination is free for everyone in the UK, including international students. We strongly recommend that you get vaccinated and report your vaccination status on MyImperial.

To help protect the College community, you will be expected to take regular COVID-19 tests. Further information on the tests available to you will be provided when you arrive.

You can learn more about the broader guidelines across the College on our COVID-19 webpages.