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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! 

Summary

Update (Sunday 19 September)
  • Detailed arrivals instructions are now available for all halls of residence at the bottom of this page.
  • Updated travel guidance is available for the 8 countries moving from the red list to the amber list from 22 September.

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. (Silwood Park has different arrival periods - please see the information further below)

The UK government requires us to ensure that students are able to complete appropriate periods of self-isolation or quarantine without co-habiting with students arriving from countries from other list categories. Due to this, we are only able to accept arrivals to halls strictly within the arrival windows outlined 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. There are exceptions if you are arriving from Europe or the USA and are fully vaccinated - please see below.
 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.
 
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Further information

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Arriving from a red list country

If you are travelling to England from a red list country (or if you will have been in a red list country in the 10 days prior to travelling to the UK) you should book an arrival slot in your hall between 2-3 October

Prior to this, you are required to complete your 10-day quarantine in a government Quarantine Hotel.

You should schedule your arrival into the UK so that you are completing your quarantine on the weekend of 2-3 October so you can move straight into your halls. You will not be able to move into your hall any earlier than this weekend. 

Before your book your flight to the UK, you are required to book your place in a Quarantine Hotel. You may not be able to board a plane to the UK without confirmation of a Quarantine Hotel booking.  Further details about what to expect can be found on our Arriving in the UK page. We are offering financial support to students who are required to purchase a quarantine package. Details can be found on our Quarantine Hotels page

If you are travelling from a red list country and are under-18, you should not yet book any travel arrangements. Please await further instruction from the College in the coming weeks.

Arriving from an amber list country

If you are travelling from an amber list country you will be required to self-isolate for 10 days in your hall of residence upon arrival.  

You should book an arrival slot to halls between Saturday 18 and Wednesday 22 September to ensure that your self-isolation period is completed before the arrivals weekend. You will not be able to move into your hall after Wednesday 22 September.

Further details about what to expect when travelling to the UK can be found on our Arriving in the UK page.

Self-isolating in halls upon arrival: what to expect

During your 10-day self-isolation period upon arrival, you'll need to stay in your room at all times unless you are using kitchen or bathroom facilities. When using these facilities, you should do so without any interaction with others in your household. 

You should not leave your hall for any reason during this period (with the exception of posting or attending a COVID-19 test) but you will be able to collect grocery or food deliveries from reception areas whilst wearing a face covering. Due to these requirements, it is highly recommended that you bring sufficient supplies of clothes, kitchenware, bedding and other items that will cover your self-isolation period.

I am unable to arrive during the amber list arrival period

The UK government is requiring Universities to ensure that any student who is arriving from an amber list country is able to complete their self-isolation fully without cohabiting with students from green or red list countries. This means we are having to be exceptionally strict with when students can arrive in halls. Whilst we appreciate this may limit travel options, we must ask that you explore every possibility to ensure your travel plans align with your stated arrival window.

If you are unable to arrive in the UK/on campus in time - as defined by the College's Exceptional Circumstances policy - you may be able to arrive at a later date. If this applies to you, you will be expected to take an additional College lateral flow COVID-19 test immediately upon arrival into halls (in addition to the tests required by the UK government). If this is negative, you will be required to complete your self-isolation period with the same guidelines as outlined above. If the test is positive, you will be temporarily relocated to a self-isolation area that may be separate from your term-time room or hall of residence. 

Exemptions

If you’ve been fully vaccinated in the USA or many European countries, you will not need to self-isolate when you arrive in England. If this applies to you, you must plan to arrive at your halls of residence during the green list country arrivals period: 2-3 October. Further information on green list arrivals is available in the section below.

 

Arriving from the UK / green list country

If you are travelling from the UK or a green list country and are not required to quarantine or self-isolate, you should book an arrival slot on either Saturday 2 or Sunday 3 October. Due to government requirements to cater for arrivals from amber list countries, it will not be possible to arrive before this date. 

Arriving to Silwood Park

Due to the unique 51-week contract structure at Silwood Park, we will have residents from 2020-21 staying at Silwood Park beyond the arrival periods at other College halls of residence. This means that arrival dates for Silwood Park residents are different to those at the rest of the College.

Amber list arrivals 

If you are travelling from an amber list country, you will need to arrive on Wednesday 29 September or Thursday 30 September. Once you arrive, you’ll be able to complete your self-isolation, which will be completed by Monday 11 October 

This does mean that you will be unable to attend in-person activities in the first week of term (beginning Monday 4 October). This absence has been fully approved by your academic department and it has been confired that there are no essential in-person activities scheduled for the first week.  

Red and green list arrivals 

If you are travelling from a red or green list country (or the UK), you will need to arrive on Saturday 2 October or later.  

Countries moving from red to amber list

The UK government has announced that 8 countries - Turkey, Pakistan, the Maldives, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Oman, Bangladesh and Kenya - will be moved from the red list to the amber list from Wednesday 22 September. You can read more about the announcement on the government's website.

If students from these countries wish to alter their initial travel plans and arrive in halls on Wednesday 22 September, you will be permitted to do so. You will also be able to arrive on Thursday 23 September and self-isolate in halls until Sunday 3 October inclusive. 

If you wish to arrive in halls on these dates, you must contact student.arrivals@imperial.ac.uk to confirm your new arrival dates.

Arrivals instructions

Each hall has specific instructions that you should be aware of before you arrive, including parking and contact information. 

In the interest of minimising the number of people in halls during arrivals period, we ask that you limit the guests that you bring to help you move-in wherever possible.

Arrival Instructions

Beit

Detailed instructions for Beit Hall are available on our South Kensington arrivals page.

Chapter Islington

Chapter Islington is located at:

32 –34 Market Rd 
London 
N7 9AW

Arrival instructions will have already been provided as part of your Chapter Islington Check In Information. Please consult locally with Chapter Islington if you have any questions or concerns. 

Parking is available in the courtyard for 30mins to offloadOnce unloaded, you will need to find alternative local parking solutions. There's free parking on Market Road on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Caledonian Road (Piccadilly line) is a 5-minute walk from your hall, whilst Caledonian Road & Barnsbury Overground station is just a 10-minute walk away. The 274 bus runs from Angel Islington to Lancaster Gate via Hyde Park, providing direct access to central London and the areas around South Kensington.  More details of public transport in London can be found on the Transport for London website: www.tfl.gov.uk 

 

 

 

Eastside

Arrival instructions for Eastside (comprised of Gabor, Linstead and Wilkinson) are available on our South Kensington arrivals page.

Evelyn Gardens

Evelyn Gardens is located at: 
 
Evelyn Gardens 
London, SW7 3BQ 
 
Due to our central London location, parking is extremely limited and local parking restrictions will apply. Vehicles will be able to unload outside of the hall for 15-20 minutes, but someone must remain present at all timesOnce unloaded, you will need to find alternative local parking solutions. You may wish to use parking apps such as JustPark. 
 
If possible, we highly recommend you arrive via public transport. The closest tube station is Gloucester Road (Circle, District and Picadilly Lines). 
 
If you encounter any issues on the day of your arrival, please contact j.serna-villaquiran@imperial.ac.uk or m.kowalczuk@imperial.ac.uk  

Kemp Porter Buildings

Kemp Porter Buildings are located at: 

142 Wales Farm Road, North Acton
London, W3 6EL

You should follow the Kemp Porter arrivals traffic flow when travelling to the hall.

Parking at Kemp Porter Buildings is extremely limited and we highly recommend you arrive by public transport. If you need to arrive by car, you will be able to unload outside the hall for 15-20 minutes, but someone must remain present with your vehicle at all times. Please anticipate a queue for unloading space in our car parking area. Limited parking for a further period may be available in the surrounding area, although not close enough to unload belongings. On Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 October, this includes approximately 50 designated parking spaces in the nearby Carphone Warehouse. You may also wish to use parking apps such as JustPark

Please be aware that Kemp Porter is a tall building and we ask that you think very carefully about what you bring as large amounts of belongings can cause congestion of the lifts and stairwells during the busy arrival period.  

We highly recommend you arrive via public transport if possible. The closest tube station is North Acton (Central Line). 

Parsons House

Parsons House is located at: 

Claybrook Road 
London, W6 8NB 

Due to our central London location, parking is extremely limited and local parking restrictions will apply. Vehicles will be able to unload outside of the hall for 15-20 minutes, but someone must remain present at all times. Once unloaded, you will need to find alternative local parking solutions. You may wish to use parking apps such as JustPark

If possible, we highly recommend you arrive via public transport. The closest tube station is Barons Court (District and Picadilly Lines). 

If you encounter any issues on the day of your arrival, please contact parsons.defects@imperial.ac.uk

Pembridge Hall

Pembridge Hall is located at: 

28-32 Pembridge Gardens 
London, W2 4DX 

Due to our central London location, parking is extremely limited and local parking restrictions will apply. Vehicles will be able to unload outside of the hall for 15-20 minutes, but someone must remain present at all times. Once unloaded, you will need to find alternative local parking solutions. You may wish to use parking apps such as JustPark

If possible, we highly recommend you arrive via public transport. The closest tube station is Notting Hill Gate (Circle, District and Central Lines). 

If you encounter any issues on the day of your arrival, please contact pembridge.defects@imperial.ac.uk  

Southside

Arrival instructions for Southside (comprised of Falmouth, Keogh, Selkirk and Tizard) can be found on the South Kensington arrivals page.

The Costume Store

The Costume Store is located at:

160 Victoria Road
London
W3 6UL

We highly recommend you arrive via public transport if possible. The closest tube station is North Acton (Central Line), which is directly opposite The Costume Store. 

If arriving by car, you will be able to unload in the vicinity of The Costume Store for a short period of time. However, someone will need to remain with your vehicle at all times. Once unloaded, you will need to find alternative local parking solutions. Limited parking for a further period may be available in the surrounding area, although not close enough to unload belongings. You may wish to use parking apps such as JustPark.

You should be aware that The Costume Store is a tall building and we ask that you think very carefully about what you bring as large amounts of belongings can cause congestion of the lifts and stairwells during the busy arrival period.  

Silwood Park

Silwood Park is located at: 

Buckhurst Road
Ascot
Berkshire
SL5 7PY

There is ample parking available on campus during arrivals. You can unload belongings very close to all our halls. Once unloaded it is asked that you then move your car to one of the car parks on campus to allow others to unload. 

If you encounter any issues on the day of your arrival, please contact a.greig@imperial.ac.uk 

Xenia

Xenia is located at: 

2-3 Secker Street 
Waterloo 
London, SE1 8UF 

Due to our central London location, parking is extremely limited and local parking restrictions will apply. Vehicles will be able to unload outside of the hall for 15-20 minutes, but someone must remain present at all times. There will be a one-way system in place outside Xenia – please follow signage on the day. 

Once unloaded, you will need to find alternative local parking solutions. You may wish to use parking apps such as JustPark

If possible, we highly recommend you arrive via public transport. The closest tube station is Waterloo (Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern Lines and National Rail). 

If you encounter any issues on the day of your arrival, please contact xeniahall@imperial.ac.uk  

Wilson House

Wilson House is located at: 

Wilson House 
38-76 Sussex Gardens 
London, W2 1UF 

Due to our central London location, parking is extremely limited and local parking restrictions will apply. Vehicles will be able to unload outside of the hall for 15-20 minutes, but someone must remain present at all timesOnce unloaded, you will need to find alternative local parking solutions. You may wish to use parking apps such as JustPark. 

If possible, we highly recommend you arrive via public transport. The closest tube station is Paddington (Bakerloo, Circle, District and Hammersmith & City Lines and TFL Rail). 

If you encounter any issues on the day of your arrival, please contact wilson.defects@imperial.ac.uk

Woodward Buildings

Woodward Buildings are located at: 

1 Victoria Road 
London, W3 6FA 

You should follow the Woodward arrivals traffic flow when travelling to the hall. 

Parking at Woodward Buildings is extremely limited and we highly recommend you arrive by public transport. If you need to arrive by car, you will be able to unload in the vicinity of the hall for 15-20 minutes.  Please anticipate a queue for unloading space.  Limited parking for a further period is available in the surrounding area, although not close enough to unload belongings. On Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 October, this includes approximately 50 designated parking spaces in the nearby Carphone Warehouse. You may also wish to use parking apps such as JustPark

Please be aware that Woodward is a tall building and we ask that you think very carefully about what you bring as large amounts of belongings can cause congestion of the lifts and stairwells during the busy arrival period.  

We highly recommend you arrive via public transport if possible. The closest tube station is North Acton (Central Line).