Welcome Letter

WELCOME TO GABOR HALL!

First of all, congratulations on gaining a place at Imperial College London! It is one of world’s most prestigious educational institutions and you should be proud of having earned this opportunity. Please take a few minutes to read this welcome letter which contains important information about Gabor Hall, which will be your home in the first year, and to give you instructions as to when to arrive, what to bring with you and how ensure your move-in is as smooth as possible. Take a moment to join our 2016-2017 Gabor Facebook Group where you can meet and get to know your fellow residents ahead of the big day. To find out your room number before arrival you will need to complete your eGabor registration (see the section on eGabor below for more information). Please check this site if possible in the week before the start of term.

Gabor Hall

Gabor Hall houses around 160 students in a mixture of single and twin room accommodation. All rooms have ensuite facilities, internet (most rooms have excellent WiFi coverage) and telephone connections available. Each floor has a large kitchen with personal storage space and there is a large Common Room area on the ground floor of the Hall. The Common Rooms is equipped with a two large HDTVs, Blu-Ray player, and table football. We also have a substantial DVD collection which you are free to borrow from (we currently operate an honesty policy on this collection – borrow and return at will). There are also a collection of board games, a PS3 and a PS4 which are available to borrow. The Imperial College Student Union is located in Beit Hall on Prince Consort Road. Please remember, Gabor is a non-smoking Hall. The use of electronic cigarettes is also not allowed. Please note that the use/possession of any illegal drugs is strictly prohibited (this includes previously termed ‘legal highs’).

Registering on eGabor

After accepting your offer you will be able to register with the Wardening Team at Gabor Hall. Note: this is different to the ‘e-induction’ offered by the Accommodation Service, which you also need to do!

You need to complete your eGabor registration by following this link before you can receive your keys. This process will include updating your Emergency Contact Information and accepting the Hall Rules. You will also be issued an Information Card, which you will need to bring on your first day. The Information Card will have directions to the Hall and a stamp for your Health Centre Registration. If you are already registered with a GP in London, they can stamp the Information Card. Otherwise, you will need to register with a GP at the Imperial College Health Centre.

In order to register you will need:
Your College Username and Password
Your CID Number (College ID Number – probably starting 010 or 009)
A headshot photo (similar/the same as your College ID card photo – the eGabor system is less restrictive on the size of photo you may use)

You must print out and bring your Information Card with you on Move-In day!

Where is Gabor Hall?

Gabor Hall is located on Princes Gardens on the South Kensington campus, very close to all the lecture halls and Central Library on the main campus. It is part of the Eastside Building which comprises of 3 seperate but physically connected halls – Gabor, Linstead and Wilkinson. The Gabor entrance is the centre of the Eastside building. The nearest Underground station is South Kensington, 7 minutes walk from the Hall. Bus numbers 9, 10 and 52 have stops by the nearby Royal Albert Hall. Your postal address will be:
Name, Room Number,
Imperial College London,
Gabor Hall, Princes Gardens,
London, SW7 1AZ.

You will be told your room number when you register on eHalls or when you arrive if you do not register beforehand.

 

Arriving

You are expected to arrive on Saturday 1st October between 8:00 and 17:00. You can call the duty warden using the number 07590 250564 when you arrive. If you are arriving after Sunday 2nd please make sure you inform the duty warden by October 2nd otherwise your room may be given away. Parking instructions will be provided on our website: usually you are permitted to drop off stuff right outside the Hall and then park in the college campus.

On Saturday 1st we will be waiting to greet you and help you move in. We’ll kick-start the academic year with several events to welcome everybody aboard and encourage people to mix and get to know their neighbours. These will include parties, a formal dinner, food, drinks, and lots more. More details will be appearing on this website soon. Don’t miss out!

What to bring, and what not to bring

Be realistic – don’t bring too much. Remember you will only be spending 38 weeks here. Bring essentials such as your books, clothes, some bedding materials (duvet, pillow, linen), basic cooking utensils. Additionally many of you may wish to bring your PC, music system or a TV. You are not allowed to have your fridge or microwave or any other electric kitchen appliances in your room. Please remember we strictly enforce rules about noise so don’t bother to bring the drum kit! If you wish to bring a bicycle then remember that there are no totally secure places to leave them at the Hall and they can’t be taken inside the building. We therefore advise you not to bring a precious bike. There are no long-term parking spaces available so please don’t bring your car. Posters can only be put up on the notice board in your room so don’t bring too many.

Local Amenities

Supermarkets: Essentials, located ground floor of Eastside building. Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 0800-2100, Sunday: 1000-1800. Sainsbury, 158A Cromwell road. Opening hours: Monday to Saturday for 24 hours and Sunday 1100-1700; Waitrose: 128 Gloucester Road. Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 0800 – 2100, Sunday: 1200-1800. Argos, Marks & Spencers are on Kensington High Street.

Wardening Team

We are a team of members of academic staff, post-graduate and under-graduate students. See our profiles on the website. Our primary function is to give you support and advice on all the major and minor issues that you will encounter in coming to study and live at Imperial. We will also be helping you organise the social life of the Hall, and helping you to appoint a Hall Committee. The team operates a coordinated system of warden cover.
Contact Details for individual wardens are available once you register on eGabor. The Duty Warden can be reached on 07590 250564 (you may want to save this number on your mobile phone) or internal extension 50564.

Hall Seniors

Seniors are students who have already had the pleasure of living in Imperial halls, and wanted to come back for more. Chosen by the wardening team, they are largely responsible for welcoming you to the hall, helping you to orient yourself during those first few weeks and most importantly to fuel the hall’s social scene throughout the year. Our senior team is 7 strong, and collectively we organise many events, form sports teams, form the hall committee, put on film nights, provide brunches and butteries, keep this website updated (hopefully), and much more. Having already experienced the fresher’s life also makes them great problem solvers and listeners – you can knock on their doors for anything and they’ll be more than happy to help.