Imperial College London University Guide

The team here at CBRE Residential have compiled a handy guide for any students thinking about studying at Imperial College London in the near future, and here you’ll find details on everything from the University’s history and reputation to student rentals near Imperial College London so that you can make an informed decision on your course, your student accommodation and how to get around this fantastic city. 

Studying at Imperial College London

Rated as one of the world’s top Universities, Imperial College London has a reputation for excellence in terms of both teaching and research helping to attract students and staff from all over the UK and further afield. At present Imperial College London is currently the only University in the United Kingdom that focusses its subject areas exclusively on science, engineering, medicine and business. The college motto is “Scientia imperii decus et tutamen” which, when translated from Latin, reads “Scientific knowledge, the crowning glory and the safeguard of the empire.”

In the latest edition of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Imperial College London was ranked 8th making it the 4th highest entry from the United Kingdom behind the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford and University College London; while the Times / Sunday Times Good University Guide for 2017 placed Imperial in 5th position in the UK.

Originally formed by Prince Albert and officially credited as a University in 1907 after a merger between three notable colleges in the area, Imperial College London is arguably one of the leading Universities in the city and is situated in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in the very heart of the capital. This helps to make it an attractive option for students from home and overseas thanks to its proximity to everything that a city like London has to offer.

Imperial is home to one of the largest medicine faculties in the UK meaning that a number of the country’s top medical students and professors come together in an attempt to shape the future of medicine here in the United Kingdom. Students from home and abroad are, therefore, surrounded by likeminded people with the ambition to become top doctors and nurses with tuition from some of the finest lecturers, professors and medical professionals in the industry.

The faculties of Natural Sciences, Business and Engineering are also immensely popular with both undergraduate and postgraduate students with high grades who may be looking to study courses including chemistry, mathematics, aeronautics, computing and mechanical engineering.

Student life in London and at Imperial in particular, isn’t all about work of course. There are plenty of on-campus activities to get involved in including sports and societies, and the Imperial College Union has a number of great events taking place throughout the year including fundraisers, live music and entertainment.

Postgraduate studies at Imperial College London can be done on either a full or part-time basis with course fees varying depending on the length of the study and the chosen course. Open days for Postgraduates take place throughout the year with different dates available for each faculty.

Many of the mature students and postgraduates who choose to either stay on at Imperial or who choose to do their Masters find that it is a significant step up from Undergraduate study, but given the faculty and resources available – and the prospect of a Masters or Doctorate from Imperial College London – it’s highly rewarding and worthwhile. 

Student Rentals near Imperial College London

CBRE Residential has a number of exquisitely finished student rentals near Imperial College London offering easy access to the University on foot and via the excellent public transport links. All of our student rentals are designed to the highest standards and are beautifully finished with spacious rooms, high ceilings and in some cases a wealth of popular amenities including gyms, cycle storage and private balconies, outdoor areas or roof terraces.

We’ve got new developments in London that are within a short distance of the South Kensington campus for anyone wanting to be close to the University, or we have some spectacular student rentals in Covent Garden, Bloomsbury, King’s Cross, Holborn and other popular areas for any student living in London.

Our collection of student accommodation to buy or rent in London includes everything from one bedroom flats in Covent Garden to three bedroom apartments in Soho complete with balconies and even penthouses in excellent locations complete with their own private roof terraces. Each of our student rentals is in a prime location with easy access to public transport and you’ll never have to venture too far to find the live music and entertainment, sports facilities or educational resources you need.

Transport Links

The South Kensington Campus puts students right in the heart of London and the other Imperial campuses are well connected to public transport services.

The nearest tube station to the main campus is South Kensington which is in zone one and located on both the Circle and District lines meaning that you can be on campus in no time at all wherever you choose to live.

Buses run frequently around the various campuses with stops all over the city. The main stops that connect students to Imperial are at High Street Kensington and Gloucester Road where you can use your Oyster Card or your contactless bank card.

London is well connected for bus routes and services – and the Underground – and the Transport for London website will provide you with the information you need to get from your student accommodation to the South Kensington Campus.

Student Life in South Kensington

London was recently ranked third in the list of best student cities in the world, and first in the UK, and with so many things to see and do in an ever-evolving city it’s easy to see why.

Imperial College London is located in South Kensington which is a vibrant area of central London filled with notable sights, tourist attractions and places to go to help you wind down after a long day on campus. Being in central London has a wealth of benefits for those who take out student rentals in South Kensington to attend Imperial as you never have to travel too far to find a popular restaurant, exclusive bar or leisure and recreation activities.

Soho is an area of London where there is always plenty going on. For a full taste of student living in London you have to take time out to wander around and find some of the countless bars, restaurants and clubs offering something for everybody.

London’s most famous department store, Harrods, is just a short distance from the main University campus if you enjoy some retail therapy in your down time, or if you’re looking for green spaces then you have the popular Hyde Park right on your doorstep. The Royal Albert Hall and Earl’s Court host numerous events throughout the year and are popular tourist ‘hot spots’ if you enjoy live theatre or music; while key locations in the city such as Buckingham Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben and the Victoria and Albert Museum are also on the doorstep and located close to a number of our student rentals.

Information and Contact Details

More information about studying at Imperial College London can be found here.

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