72 Imperial freshers will be calling Alban home, along with 5 wonderful subbies. The hall is arranged in an apartment layout in six floors of 11 bedrooms and one of 6 bedrooms. All are single-study rooms. Each apartment has its own kitchen and common area along with shared bathroom facilities.
Every room will be equipped with a desk, chair, desk lamp, wardrobe, a notice board and a bed with mattress. You will need to bring your own duvet, sheets, pillows and towels. These can all be purchased on nearby Kensington High Street if you do not want to bring them with you.
In the kitchen, every student has access to their own cupboard space and shared fridge and freezer space. You will need to bring your own cutlery, plates, washing-up liquid, towels and cooking utensils. Please don’t bring any kitchen electrical items or large pots and pans! Also, note that the use of cooking equipment (rice cookers, hot plates, kettles, toasters, microwaves, etc.) is strictly forbidden in bedrooms.
Check out some of the pictures below of the rooms, kitchens and storage space.
Our main common room is a great area to chill out after a day’s lectures. We’ll also be holding regular events here throughout term. It has two large TVs (with BT sport) along with an Xbox One, PS4 and Wii. There are also table tennis, table football and pool tables here, so prepare yourself to challenge the subbies’ well-honed skills! We’re even lucky enough to have our own bar which will open up during hall events and serves a variety of drinks including themed cocktails.
Down the corridor from the main common room is a smaller area with more comfy seats and a TV, in a chalkboard-covered room affectionately-termed ‘the Cave’! There are two libraries within the hall, which can be used for quiet study and getting some work done (particularly handy during spring term when the Central Library on South Ken campus becomes especially busy!).
One of the first parts of Alban that you’ll encounter on arrival is our beautiful outdoor area, nestled within the hall. The garden is covered in plants, trees and green grass, and there are picnic benches to enjoy the sun on nicer days in London. Beside the garden, and next to the Alban Hall building, is an AstroTurf sports pitch that can be booked by students during the year.
Alban is a catered hall meaning you don’t need to cook after a long day in lectures! Three meals are served per day in the canteen during weekdays and brunch is served on Saturdays. Opening times for the canteen are: 7.45am -7.15pm, Mon to Fri; 11am to 1pm, Sat. A weekly food allowance of £42.50 is included as part of the hall rent. Veggie options are always available.
Of course, outside of these times or if you would prefer to cook yourself, there are kitchens for use in each of the flats. Kensington High Street has a range of local supermarkets to buy ingredients as well as a large selection of cafés and restaurants. Need some inspiration for cooking? Have a chat with one of the subbies or check out goodfood!
Alban Hall has a number of prayer rooms that are available for use by students throughout the day.
Alban has bike storage available in the garden area. However, you are still recommended to bring a good bike lock with you, as unfortunately bike theft is fairly common in London. You can purchase discounted ABUS ‘D’ locks from security on South Ken campus.
There are two washing machines and two dryers on the ground floor of Alban Hall. You’ll be given a top-up card to use with the machines when you arrive in your room, which can be credited at Circuit Laundry. Washing and drying cycles are £2.70 and £1.70 respectively. There is also an iron and ironing board for use in this room.
The laundry facilities are open everyday from 8am until 11pm.