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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. It is regularly ranked as one of the ten best universities in the world (QS World Rankings) and ground breaking work and cutting edge research is consistently performed at the University, with 14 Nobel Prizes and 81 Fellowships from the Medical Sciences being awarded in the past.
Imperial College's main campus is located in South Kensington in central London. Formerly a constituent college of the University of London, Imperial College became independent of the University of London in 2007, the 100th anniversary of its founding.
The International Office manages the delivery of immigration advice to international students at Imperial, with 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.
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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 area of assessment.
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 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. The majority of older students and postgraduates find accommodation in the private sector, help for which is provided by the Imperial College private housing office.
Imperial has a number of campuses in London and the South East, and all have excellent travel links and are easily accessible through the use of public transport. The main campus is in South Kensington in London, very near the Royal Albert Hall, the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum.
The University is well served by three of the biggest airports in the UK. Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted are all accessible through special services.
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