- Study engineering at Imperial’s central London campus located in South Kensington
- One of the top 5 universities in the UK and considered among the top 10 in the world (QS World University Rankings 2014/15)
- International students comprise nearly 40% of the student body
- Notable alumni include Alexander Fleming, H. G. Wells, and Queen guitarist Brian May
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Top 5 Things to do while at Imperial College London
1. Try out a new club or activity with the Give It A Go programme
2. Check out the Lunchtime Concert Series – there’s a show every Thursday at 1PM!
3. Do a bit of window shopping at the iconic Harrods department store, only a short walk away from campus
4. Enjoy lunch outdoors on Queen’s Lawn during a sunny day
5. Relax in the sauna at the on-campus Ethos fitness centre
Life on Campus
Founded in 1907, Imperial College London is one of the foremost academic institutions in the UK, and its reputation is known around the world. When it comes to studying, there are more than a dozen different cafes and restaurants on campus to keep you energized and full before you hit the books. The Central Library also has group, quiet, and silent study zones to help you make the most of your revision period. Every Tuesday a Farmer’s Market is hosted on the Queen’s Lawn, which is a great opportunity to enjoy a delicious lunch while taking a study break.
There are more than 340 student-led clubs, societies and projects on offer, as well as a student newspaper, radio and television stations. You can keep fit on campus too; the state-of-the-art Ethos centre boasts a gym, sauna, pool, and climbing wall in addition to multiple badminton and squash courts. Also, be sure to check out one of the Drama Society’s three annual full-scale productions whilst you’re in London – or consider being part of the team that puts them on!
Living in London
Imperial’s campus is located in the South Kensington area of central London, and is positioned alongside the Science Museum, Natural History Museum, and the Victoria & Albert Museum, all of which offer entry free of charge. The campus is just across the street from the beautiful Hyde Park, which provides 142 sprawling hectares of green space to enjoy. The park hosts tons of special events, offers plenty of green space for a pick-up football match or impromptu picnic and even has its own lake! Studying abroad at Imperial also means you’re only an idyllic walk or five minute bus ride from the bustling Piccadilly Circus shopping area or the famous Buckingham Palace.
The South Kensington tube station right next to campus provides easy access to the rest of the city, including the West End’s theatre district and East London’s trendiest markets. Whether you are more interested in the mummies at the British Museum, the cultural extravaganza of the Thames’ Southbank, or the view from Primrose Hill, London has something for everyone. In addition to excellent bus networks and the underground system, London is a transport hub that provides links to the rest of the UK as well as continental Europe.