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Imperial College London

Imperial College London

Key Information
Rank 5
Location London, England
Established 1907
International Students 43%
Famous Courses Science, Engineering, Medicine  
International Fees £25,000-28,000
Key Information
Location London, England
Established 1907
Famous Courses Science, Engineering, Medicine  
International Fees £25,000-28,000

Imperial College London Overview

Imperial College London is consistently ranked amongst the best universities in the world and forms part of the 'Golden Triangle' of six elite British universities, which also includes Oxford and Cambridge. Imperial is traditionally known for world-class science, engineering and medicine programmes, although more recently, the Imperial College Business School and Humanities department have gained high regard.

Imperial College London is part of the prestigious Russell Group and is ranked the 5th best university in the UK by the latest Times Good University Guide, as well as regularly ranking as one of the best universities in the world (2nd in the QS World Rankings 2025). The university consistently performs groundbreaking and cutting-edge research, with 14 Nobel Prizes and 81 Fellowships from the Medical Sciences awarded in the past.

Imperial College's main campus is located in South Kensington, central London. Formerly a constituent college of the University of London, It became independent in 2007, the 100th anniversary of its founding.

Imperial College London Services for International Students

The International Office manages the delivery of immigration advice to international students at Imperial, with a particular focus on UK student visas and the rules on working during and after study. In addition, it works on pre-arrival communication and information, with Welcome Events and Orientation sessions for international students.

There are numerous trips offered to famous locations around the UK throughout the year, while Imperial also has links to outside organisations that provide homestays.

Imperial College London Rankings

  • 5th in the Times University Guide 2024
  • 5th in the Guardian University Guide 2024
  • 2nd in the QS World University Rankings 2025
  • 8th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024
  • 23rd in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2023

Imperial has a greater proportion of world-leading research than any other UK university, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. The results are Imperial's best-ever in the UK’s research assessment exercise, showing improvements in every assessment area.

The College ranks top in the UK overall – with a greater proportion of 4* “world-leading” research than any other UK university. Imperial ranks first in the UK for research outputs, first in the UK for research environment, and first for research impact among Russell Group universities.

Imperial College London Accommodation

Imperial College London currently has 20 halls of residence, almost exclusively in the South Kensington and Chelsea areas of London. Availability is generally prioritised for new first-year undergraduate students of Imperial, who are guaranteed a place in a college residence. Most older students and postgraduates find accommodation in the private sector, help for which is provided by the Imperial College private housing office.

Imperial College London Location

Imperial has several campuses in London and the South East. All have excellent travel links and are easily accessible by public transport. The main campus is in South Kensington, London, very near the Royal Albert Hall, the Natural History Museum, and the Science Museum.

Three of the biggest airports in the UK—Heathrow, Gatwick, and Stansted—serve the university well. Special services make them accessible.

Imperial College London Alumni

  • Alexander Fleming (Pharmacologist and Nobel Laureate)
  • Thomas Huxley (Biologist)
  • H.G. Wells (Author)
  • Brian May (Musician, Queen)

Breckett Front  My counsellor contacted me every day throughout the application process and helped me receive an unconditional offer. I am so grateful to SI-UK and will never forget them. I will study very hard as I feel this is the best reward I can give the whole team.  Breckett Front

Maggie Kiwanuka Social Care at Canterbury Christ Church University