Established: 1907

Imperial College London

Kensington, London SW7 2AZ, UK

Imperial College London is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom. Its founder, Prince Albert, envisioned an area composed of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Natural History Museum, Royal Albert Hall, and the Imperial Institute.

  • 17,000+
    Total Students
  • 55%
    International Students
  • GBP 14,611
    Total Cost of Living(average per year*)
  • GBP 10,777
    Living On-campus(average per year*)
  • 11.4
    Students Per Staff
  • 14.3%
    Acceptance Rate
  • Yes
    Financial Aid

University Rankings

  • Times World University (THE)
  • QS World Univesity
  • The Complete University Guide


Imperial is a global top ten university with a world-class reputation in science, engineering, business and medicine. The main campus is located in South Kensington, with a new innovation campus in White City. Imperial is organised through faculties of science, engineering, medicine, and business. The university's emphasis is on technology and its practical application.

Imperial College London is the only UK university to focus entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business. Our international reputation for excellence in teaching and research sees us consistently rated in the top 10 universities worldwide.

Generations of Imperial staff, alumni and students have changed the world with cutting-edge innovations; from the discovery of penicillin to the world’s first invisibility cloak. Recognition of this ground-breaking work has come in the form of 14 Nobel Prizes, 81 Fellowships from the Academy of Medical Sciences, 77 from the Royal Academy of Engineering and 73 from the Royal Society.

Imperial's main campus is located in South Kensington, within central London. The university is located steps away from world-class cultural attractions, restaurant and music venues. Cultural landmarks within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea include: Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Science Museum, Royal College of Art, Royal College of Music, Royal Geographical Society, National Art Library, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Gardens, Hyde Park, Brompton Oratory, Harrods Mall, Stamford Bridge.

A second major campus is under construction in the White City area of London. The White City Campus innovation hub will house new research facilities, space for spin-off entrepreneurial companies as well as student accommodation.

In addition to its original South Kensington campus, Imperial has teaching hospitals across London and an ecological research centre: Charing Cross Campus, Hammersmith, Chelsea and Westminster Campus, Hammersmith Campus, East Acton, Royal Brompton Campus (Chelsea), St Mary's Campus(Paddington), & Silwood Park.

Imperial submitted a total of 1,257 staff across 14 units of assessment to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment. This found that 91% of Imperial's research is “world-leading” (46% achieved the highest possible 4* score) or “internationally excellent” (44% achieved 3*), giving an overall GPA of 3.36.

The Imperial Faculty of Medicine was formed through mergers between Imperial and the St Mary's, Charing Cross and Westminster, and Royal Postgraduate medical schools and has six teaching hospitals.

Imperial College Union is the students' union and is run by five full-time sabbatical officers elected from the student body for a tenure of one year, and a number of permanent members of staff. The Union is given a large subvention by the university, much of which is spent on maintaining around 300 clubs, projects and societies.

Sports facilities at Imperial's London campuses include four gyms, two swimming pools and two sports halls. Imperial has additional sports facilities at the Heston and Harlington sports grounds.

On the South Kensington campus, there are a total of six music practice rooms which consist of upright pianos for usage by people of any grade, and grand pianos which are exclusively for people who have achieved Grade 8 or above.

The central library is open all hours, except between Friday at 23:00 and Saturday at 10:00. Imperial College Radio (or ICRadio) was founded in November 1975 with the intention of broadcasting to the student halls of residence from a studio under Southside, actually commencing broadcasts in late 1976. Imperial College TV (ICTV) is Imperial College Union's TV station, founded in 1969 and operated from a small TV studio in the Electrical Engineering block. Felix is weekly student newspaper, first released on 9 December 1949. The Imperial College Boat Club is the rowing club of Imperial and was founded on 12 December 1919.

The Imperial College Dramatic Society (ICDS or DramSoc) is one of two major theatrical arts societies, with the other being the Musical Theatre Society, and it was founded in 1912. South Kensington Farmers' Market has a lovely location on Imperial's campus at Queen's Lawn or on Prince's Gardens.

Imperial College owns and manages twenty one halls of residence in Inner London, Ealing, Ascot and Wye.

General Information

  • Bachelors degree
  • 57% Students
  • GBP 9,250 Domestic tuition fee (average per year*)
  • GBP 27,935 International student tuition fee (average per year*)
  • Masters degree
  • 43% Students
  • GBP 28,859 International student tuition fee (average per year*)