Imperial College London

Location of university

Please comment on the location of your university (city, town, etc), the campus, the facilities, and student accommodation.
Location of university
8.6 / 10
 

(based on ratings in 2016)

2017

"There's so much to do in the middle of London but the study spaces are insufficient for the number of students."
"I love the central location of Imperial College and my campus because I enjoy feeling the pulse of the City with all its beautiful central landscapes and places to visit. My campus is also close to Ethos gym and its facilities. During the day I go to the gym, go swimming, chill in the steam room or sauna, hang out in the library or just stay in my room and study. In the evenings I go to the union bar or attend events there."
"South Kensington in London is undoubtedly one of the best areas to live in. It is still in Zone 1 of London but slightly tucked away from the manic streets of central London. South Kensington campus is very concentrated so the library, department buildings and cafeterias are all found here. Additionally, three of the university's accommodation halls are in very close proximity from SK campus and are all in excellent condition with great facilities such as large common rooms and theatre rooms. The Ethos sports centre is also very nearby. There might not be many options to go out during the night in the SK area but one thing you will definitely never run out of is food options; there are numerous restaurants of various cuisines that can satisfy anyone."
"My location and campus are great but be wary that you may have to travel between campuses and it can take around an hour to do so. The facilities are great and include a free gym and good cafes etc but the libraries are often very crowded and it is near-impossible to get a seat in the central library during the day. Student accommodation can be great or horrendous depending on which you get, how old it is and where it is located. Student accommodation in South Kensington is lovely and I couldn't fault it. Being central London there is no end to opportunities of what you can do in the day. Hyde Park is very nearby, as are free museums such as the Natural History Museum."
"It's an expensive area to have a university so accommodation was either pricey or far away."
"We're located in a busy area with a lot of different activities to do including various museums, restaurants and parks."
"There are museums around the area but accommodation is very pricey. Lab facilities are okay but there's a serious lack of library space and computers."
"The gym is way too small to accommodate the number of students there. The main campus is located in a very nice area and I am very happy with it, even though it is expensive to live in this area of London."
"There are lots of tourist places and museums next to the uni as well as lots of good public transport and many gyms."
"Student accommodation can be quite far from the main campus but there is a free gym and pool that is very close. The location of the university is fantastic, there's so much to do in the area!"

2016

"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."
"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."

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