Imperial College London
Location of university
Please comment on the location of your university (city, town, etc), the campus, the facilities, and student accommodation.
"It's an expensive area to be in – most of London is anyway but SW7 is particularly so. Private accommodation has to be found further away but this is not a problem. It's great that all campus departments and facilities are in one place, which is rare for London universities."
"Location is the centre of London, which makes it both exciting and expensive. The main campus is small but there are others significantly further away; so check where your subject is before making a decision based on the location of the college. The facilities are generally fine, great gym and very good (if poorly built) library. The union and eating facilities are too small though. Student accommodation is now either very close and expensive or very far away and cheap but it is generally nice, friendly and well organised. There are lots of events hosted to help people get to know one another, especially at the start of the year."
"South Kensington is a nice area. It's home to the Royal Albert Hall and a few museums. The university is in quite a convenient location and is close to means of transport and shops etc. I stayed in Pembridge Gardens for my first year. It's in a great location near Notting Hill Gate and close to many shops as well as Hyde Park. Getting to university from Pembridge Gardens takes about 20 minutes by bus or a nice 30 minute walk through Hyde Park. The accommodation isn't the best but it is good value for money."
"The location in London is great in terms of things to do. Housing is expensive and not guaranteed after your first year (private housing in West London of course being even more expensive). I was lucky with my first-year housing – a really good location and generally good condition and nice atmosphere. Many first years are now much further away in Acton. The main library is open 24 hours and quite nice, although it gets very full."
"Very central in London. However, location is not ideal as it's not near major shops or high streets. Very good transport links however and nearby green spaces. Currently, my accommodation is less than five minutes from the main campus, which is very advantageous."
"Living in London gives you a lot of opportunities to do different activities. Not only in the societies of the university but also in all the societies/clubs, musicals, shows, museums etc that you can find in London. The campus of Imperial College and the facilities are all located in the centre of London next to all the main activities that the city offers and in quite a safe environment for a big city like London. Also, the facilities are close together, which helps a lot when you don't have much time to go to several places."
"The campus location is amazing, near Hyde Park and with everything you need close by like shops and a gym. It's also close to South Kensington and Gloucester Road tube stations so there are plenty of eating places just in case you get tired of university food."
"In a city, mainly based in South Kensington. Quite close to a lot of things but it means the prices are high. Student accommodation has generally been good but also on the expensive side."
"South Kensington is amazing but short on space. There is no student accommodation on campus and the gym is quite small. That said, we are very lucky to have a lawn and a proper campus in the city, rather than just a building like some other London universities."
"Fairly central London (South Kensington campus). It's easy to get to and there are museums and the Royal Albert Hall close by. I currently live in Woodward halls (North Acton), about a 35-minute commute away, which is fine but there are halls that are closer if it's not your thing."