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Five reasons why you should stay at Imperial College on your next London trip

Imperial College's red-brick accommodation near London's Royal Albert Hall.
Beit Hall summer accommodation. Image courtesy of Imperial College London.
Did you know that universities turn their student accommodation into visitor rooms in the summer? With options across central London, Imperial offers the perfect solution to those visiting London on a budget.

1. It’s great value

With more than 2,000 single, twin and double bedrooms to choose from, Imperial College London’s summer accommodation rates for visitors are very competitive and can be as low as £39 per night in central London in the height of summer.

Plus, you can take advantage of special offers throughout summer 2019: save 10% when you book two nights at Imperial’s South Kensington properties between 29 June and 31 July. Other Imperial properties offer discounts the longer you stay: 10% off for more than seven nights, 15% off for more than 14 nights, 20% for more than 21 nights. Bargain!

2. It’s central – with locations across London

Whether you’re into art, nightlife, food, history or culture, Imperial offers accommodation options close to the best London has to offer.

Explore South Kensington’s myriad museums and cultural venues, including the Victoria and Albert (V&A), Natural History and Science Museums, and the Royal Albert Hall, by booking a stay at the four-star Prince’s Gardens or Beit Hall.

If you’re planning to attend Notting Hill’s famous carnival (24 to 26 August) or fancy browsing the stalls for secondhand goods and vintage gems at Portobello Market, Pembridge Gardens offers budget-friendly rooms in picture-pretty Georgian houses just minutes away.

Wilson House, in bustling Paddington, is conveniently close to Bond Street and Oxford Street’s array of shops and department stores. Hyde Park is also only a stone’s throw from this recently refurbished Victorian property.

For impressive views and a slice of local life, Woodward in North Acton offers modern rooms, with access to an on-site gym and roof terrace.

3. Few people know about it

Imperial’s summer accommodation is a well-kept secret and a great way to visit the capital on a budget. Try it for yourself before word gets out and see what you’ve been missing out on – great-value rooms in the heart of one of the world’s most exciting cities.

4. It’s clean and modern

The private rooms are clean, bright and modern, and either come with an en-suite bathroom or access to shared showers and toilets. All students are away during the summer months, so the rooms are exclusively available to visitors.

5. It has everything you need, and more

All Imperial stays include 24-hour check-in, free wifi, complimentary toiletries, fresh linens and towels, complimentary tea and coffee-making facilities, and luggage storage.

In addition, Imperial’s summer accommodation gives you access to a range of facilities you wouldn’t normally find in a regular hotel or homestay: from games rooms and huge communal kitchens at some of the properties, to laundry rooms and local gyms (the one near Prince’s Gardens and Beit Hall even has a swimming pool which is available free of charge to guests of Beit Hall and Princes Gardens).

A choice of full English and continental breakfast is available to book to guests who stay at Prince’s Gardens and Beit Hall.

How to book

Imperial College London’s summer accommodation is available from 29 June until 22 September 2019. For the best rates, book directly via Imperial’s summer accommodation website.