Bedrooms and Stuff

  1. What do rooms come with?
  2. Can I smoke in my room?
  3. Can I put up posters in my room?
  4. How do I report a defect?
  5. How much do phone calls cost?
  6. Do I need to bring a TV?
  7. How much storage space is there in my room?
  8. Is bedding provided, what size do I need?
  9. What items are prohibited?
  10. Can I deliver stuff to my room in advance?
  11. Can I see my room in advance?
  12. Should I bring sports stuff with me?
  13. What’s my address?
  14. Any other random items we should bring?
  15. I am travelling to Imperial and cannot possibly bring everything?!
  16. Are there laundry facilities in the Hall?
  17. Does Imperial provide insurance for belongings?
  18. Can guests stay in my room?
  19. Do I need to let the hall know if I’m away overnight?
  20. Can I contact my room-mate before I move in?
  21. Are all the different types of rooms scattered around the hall?
  22. Are floors gender-mixed?
  23. Can I bring a musical instrument?
  24. How many people live on my floor?
  25. Can you store luggage in advance of moving in day?
  26. What facilities do the en-suite bathrooms contain?

1. What do rooms come with?

This depends on what room type you have got. But your room will come with a bed (yes!), desk, chair, wardrobe, shelves, lamp, phone, laundry basket, bin and some curtains. All rooms have an ensuite bathroom. Kitchens are shared with the rest of your floor, but don’t worry, they are very large indeed.

2. Can I smoke in my room?

Absolutely not. Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the hall. In fact, you must be at least 5 metres away from the hall before you light up.

3. Can I put up posters in my room?

If you wish to decorate your room, please use White-Tac, as BluTac and pins will damage your walls, and incur you a charge when you leave. You will have a pinboard above your desk, so you can use that to keep stuff on.

4. How do I report a defect?

Please report it online here: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/accommodation/defectsreporting . Urgent defects will be dealt with within 24-48hrs, non-urgent will take upto 7 days.

5. How much do phone calls cost?

From your desk phone, calls to other rooms or other Imperial College phones are free: just punch in the number. You can also receive calls for free. However, calls to outside lines incur a small fee: check your welcome pack for more details.

6. Do I need to bring a TV?

There is a TV provided in each kitchen, so probably not. If you do bring your own, you will need a TV license by law – the hall license will not cover your room. Please see www.tvlicensing.co.uk for more details. Alternately you could always use BBC iPlayer, for which no TV license is required!

7. How much storage space is there in my room?

Standard rooms come with three book shelves, a cabinet with draws, an alcove near your bed (with three shelves), under bed storage, a wardrobe (including lockable security draw, and hanging space), and the bathroom contains two good sized cabinets. Premium and deluxe rooms come with all of the above, with the addition of a nice leather chair and an additional chest of draws.

8. Is bedding provided, what size do I need?

No, so please do remember to bring it!! You will need a duvet, pillows and pillow cases, and bed-sheets. I recommend a double duvet irrespective of your bed size for extra cosy-ness. Twin and standard single rooms have single beds. If you have a premium single or a deluxe room, then a double sheet will be best.

9. What items are prohibited?

Any sort of animals: yes, leave them at home please 🙂 Also, fridges/freezers, and “electrical cooking devices” (like kettles / rice cookers / toasters / deep fat fryers) are banned in rooms as they cause false fire alarms. If you are diabetic and need a room fridge for insulin you must contact the Accommodation team at Imperial. The use of all electric fires (unless provided by the College), gas and liquid fuel heaters, candles and hookah pipes is also prohibited.

10. Can I deliver stuff to my room in advance?

Due to room preparation in advance of moving in day, this is not possible. Only deliveries from Uni Kit Out will be accepted. www.unikitout.myshopify.com/collections/imperial

11. Can I see my room in advance?

As above, unfortunately not.

12. Should I bring sports stuff with me?

If you wish, by all means yes. Hyde park offers great jogging, and Ethos (the Imperial Sports Centre) over the road offers free gym and loads of other cut price activities. Oh and bring your swim gear as the pool is completely free!! Also, the hall has our very own football team so do come prepared if you want to play for glory!

13. What’s my address?

“Name”

Room “Room Number”

Wilkinson Hall

Prince’s Gardens

London

SW7 1AW

14. Any other random items we should bring?

Have a look on our extensive list here!

15. I am travelling to Imperial and cannot possibly bring everything?!

If you wish, before you arrive at Imperial College London, you can purchase your essential items through www.unikitout.myshopify.com/collections/imperial.You can use the IMP17 code to get a discount. They provide a variety of packs that contain all the items needed in your student accommodation including bedding, bed linen, towels, crockery and cooking utensils – all delivered to your room before you arrive. 

16. Are there laundry facilities in the Hall?

Wilkinson Hall has it own laundry room with washing machines and dryers on the Basement floor. Washes cost £2.20 and drying £1.20 per cycle. You will receive a laundry card on arrival and instructions for how to use it will be available in the laundry room. You are advised not to hang wet clothes on radiators, but some students might find it useful to bring a small clothes drying rack if you don’t like using dryers. There are also irons and ironing boards in the laundry rooms.

17. Does Imperial provide insurance for belongings?

Imperial College arranges basic insurance cover for students living in its halls of residence. Details will be provided in the welcome packs handed out on the first day. We recommend that any students with particularly valuable items should make their own insurance arrangements (however, please check before buying, as you may already be covered under your parent’s existing home insurance policy).

18. Can guests stay in my room?

If you have a single room, you are allowed to have an overnight guest staying with you up to 10 nights a term, for up to 3 days at a time. An overnight guest is defined as anyone staying with you in the Hall after 11pm. For fire regulations and security reasons you need to register your guests using the online form on our website. Guests are not allowed in twin rooms, or on moving-in weekend.

19. Do I need to let the hall know if I’m away overnight?

Yes, please complete the online form on this website.

20. Can I contact my room-mate before I move in?

We don’t give out the contact details of your room-mate in advance, however, please feel free to use the discussion pages on our Facebook Page to get to know other people sharing – there is a good chance one of them will be your room mate.

21. Are all the different types of rooms scattered around the hall?

Yes, they are all mixed up… none of the floors are 100% premium or standard. It does not really matter as everything else (like kitchens, etc) are the same throughout the hall.

22. Are floors gender-mixed?

Yes.

23. Can I bring a musical instrument?

Yes, you may. Should it be quiet, you are welcome to practice in your room (provided you stop if you are requested to by your neighbours). Alternately, Imperial provides dedicated music practice rooms on campus where you can be as loud as you like!

24. How many people live on my floor?

This varies from floor to floor – level 5 has around 7, Lower Ground has nearer 28. 

25. Can you store luggage in advance of moving in day?

No, for security reasons we cannot do this.

26. What facilities do the en-suite bathrooms contain?

All bathrooms have the same facilities: a toilet, shower, sink with mixer tap, a large mirror, towel rail, and lots of storage space in cupboards above and below the sink.

25 Replies to “Bedrooms and Stuff”

  1. Hi Duncan!
    You don’t need to bring your own bin, we will provide bins fully equipped with bin liners for you. See you tomorrow! 😀

  2. Hi,
    is there a possibility for my girlfriend to stay with me every other weekend (single room, more than 10 day each term)? 10 day in three month are really not a lot. And what can I do, if she stays for more than 3 days?

  3. Hi 🙂

    Just a quick question: As a true brit I can’t live without my cuppa in the mornings and although I read that we are not allowed Kettles in our room for health and safety reasons, I was wondering whether we are allowed ‘one cup tea makers’ which you fill the top of the machine with water (only enough for 1 cup – as the name suggests) press the start button and hot water is dispensed into your cup underneath and doesn’t heat the water to boiling point?

    Also, (sorry to be a pain) are we allowed irons in our room?

    Thanks! 🙂

  4. Hi Laura. Safety regulations prohibit the use of the following equipment in bedrooms: toasters, kettles, rice cookers, hot plates, coffee makers, microwaves and electronic cigarettes. However, it could be kept in the kitchen and used once tested (PAC) to be safe I believe. Irons don’t appear to be on the list so I assume are OK. 🙂

  5. Are we allowed a mini fridge in our bedrooms? I noticed its not on the list of things prohibited in the comment above.

  6. Unfortunately fridges/freezers and “electrical cooking devices” (like kettles / rice cookers / toasters / deep fat fryers) are banned in rooms as they cause false fire alarms. Don’t worry there is plenty of fridge/freezer space in the kitchen about 2-15 steps from your bedroom door so you’ll be fine. If you are diabetic and need a room fridge for insulin you should contact the Accommodation team at Imperial.

  7. You cannot chose your roommate. You are matched to a room mate by an algorithm (based on information about yourself that you provide etc.) and I think some input from the hall wardens. The accommodation algorithm+people are surprisingly good at matching roommates!

  8. Hi

    I would like to find out how often cleaning will be done for the bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms, if there is any?

    Thanks

  9. Hi,
    I also have same question as Marc.My boyfriend and my mom may frequent come for visiting me. It is highly unlikely they stay for only 3 days each time.
    I also wonder which hall have bathroom and shower included in my room? (that I don’t need to share with anyone else for shower.)
    Thanks!

  10. Hi guys 🙂

    @Jennifer Guests can stay for longer periods of time with approval from the warden. All Wilkinson Hall rooms have an ensuite bathroom (with shower). Weeks Hall rooms contain a washbasin but no shower.

    @Colwan In Wilkinson Hall, bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms are cleaned monthly. You are provided with some equipment which you can use to clean your own room more frequently. Kitchens are cleaned several times a week and kitchen bins emptied 6 days a week.

  11. Hi,

    I would like to know whether there are some standard ensuite single rooms on the lower ground floor of Wilkinson Hall ? If there are some of them on lower ground floor, do they cost the same as the standard single rooms located on higher floor(1,2,3 etc.)?

    Thanks

  12. Hi Richard,

    LG is mostly twin rooms but I believe there are some standard singles too.

    All the rooms in Wilkinson Hall are ensuite.

    All room types are priced uniformly, so the price of a standard single is the same regardless of the floor. All floors get just as much light, even the basement, so there’s honestly no difference in terms of standard of rooms.

    Best wishes,
    Guy

  13. Hi,

    Thanks for you reply.XD Just three more questions. I know that all ensuite single rooms in Wilkinson Hall are divided into two group:En suite single room (£203.00) and En suite small single room (£186.00). What’s the main differences between them? Which floors contains most small single room? As for the single room located on LG floor, do they face to Prince’s Gardens or the opposite side?

    Many thanks,

  14. Dear Richard,
    The single rooms on LG all face the rosemary garden at the back of the Hall. The “small singles” are, as the name suggests, a bit smaller than the standard ones – essentially they have a less open floor space. There are only a small number of single rooms in the Hall (maybe 10) and are dotted around fairly evenly. There are also “premium” singles which are larger and the majority of single rooms on LG are of this type.
    Best wishes and I look forward to meeting you in October,
    Arash

  15. Hi! just wondering, what is the reason that guests aren’t allowed in twin rooms?
    Does it make a difference if both you and your room mate agree to let a guest stay?
    Thanks!

  16. Dear Sophie,
    Such requests can put your room mate in an awkward situation. Many room mates would be too polite to say no, even if they are not comfortable with the idea of sharing the room and bathroom with someone other than their room mate. This is one of the reasons why overnight guests aren’t allowed in twin rooms.
    Best wishes and see you soon,
    Arash

  17. Hi,

    There are centrally controlled radiators in each bedroom which are controlled by the hall and turned on during the winter months. Additionally, upon request, all rooms are with a plug-in electric heater to provide additional warmth and for use during the times when the central heating is not turned on.

    Best wishes,
    Katy

  18. Hi Thomas
    Unfortunately this is not possible due to security reasons, in addition to the fact that room allocations might change anytime upto moving in day.