COVID-19 FAQs: Living in London
Travelling to London
How do I travel to Imperial in the Autumn?
Travel advice from your home country and/or the UK Government is likely to change before you are due to travel to us in the Autumn. Keep an eye on your local news sources and check your country’s official travel pages.
The UK Government’s rules on travel to the UK are going to change imminently. From 8 June, new rules will be in place for residents and visitors,because of coronavirus (COVID-19).
When these rules are in place, you will:
- need to provide your journey and contact details when you travel to the UK
- not be allowed to leave the place you’re staying for the first 14 days you’re in the UK except in very limited situations (known as ‘self-isolating’ or ‘quarantine’)
Please note that new guidance from the UK Government means that you must wear a face covering when you travel on public transport in England. Face coverings should cover both your mouth and nose.
What if I need a visa?
Trained immigration advisers in the International Student Support Team at the College can provide specific advice and guidance about your UK immigration status. For more information please visit the Visas and Immigration advice for students page or email email@example.com.
Travelling in London
How will I travel around London safely?
From 15 June 2020 it will be compulsory to wear a face covering on public transport in England. Face coverings should cover both your mouth and nose. You can find the latest advice on public transport on the Transport for London website.
Whilst public transport is running, we recommend that you consider cycling or walking. If you have your own bicycle, we offer cycle parking at all Imperial campuses.
Within London, the borough councils in which Imperial is located (Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham) are all planning to increase facilities and road space for cycling and walking, as part of transport measures to reduce the use of public transport and avoid the roads becoming congested with cars.
- You can find out what Westminster City Council are doing.
- The London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has recently announced new measures to support people to walk and cycle to work, including speed restrictions, traffic-free streets and new and improved cycleways. See their news page for more information.
- The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham have introduced new segregated cycle lines, you can read about it on their website.
How will I get to College if I’m in a hall in North Acton?
Due to its location, residents in North Acton will likely be required to take public transport. From 15 June 2020 it will be compulsory to wear a face covering on public transport in England. Face coverings should cover both your mouth and nose. You can find the latest advice on public transport on the Transport for London website.
Alternatively, you will also be able to cycle to South Kensington, which takes between 35-50 minutes. This will be clearly advertised during the accommodation application process and students will have a range of options that are also available within walking distance to South Kensington.
Will I be permitted to travel to other campuses?
As long as safety guidelines and protocols are observed, you will be able to travel between campuses.
More advice will be available on arrival, if not before, as we develop our policies and procedures.
Will I be able to use and park a car, if I don’t want to use public transport?
There are limited car parking spaces on our campuses. More information can be found on our car parking pages.
Can I park my motorcycle on campus?
There are restrictions on who can park their motorcycle on South Kensington campus, you can find more information on our motorcycle parking pages.
Can I cycle around London?
You can find out more about cycling in London on the TfL website and specific routes for travelling to our South Kensington campus and cycling facilities on campus.
Will I be able to go to theatres, concert halls and museums?
That’s a decision for the UK Government.
Under the current plans this will happen no sooner than 4 July. We will update this as soon as we know more.
Will pubs and bars be open?
That’s a decision for the UK Government. Under the current plans this will happen no sooner than 4 July. We will update this as soon as we know more.
However, many pubs and restaurants are already providing a take-away service for food and beverages.
What else is there to do?
How can I find out more about living in London?
Whilst it doesn’t reflect current restrictions, we recommend you visit our living in London pages on our website to see what an incredible globaly city London is.