Imperial College London is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom, specialising in science, engineering and medicine. It has one of the largest estates of any higher education institution in the UK. Being a rather rich university most of the facilities offered are new and state of the art.
Imperial is the best institution in the UK for science degrees. There are 15 Nobel laureates and two Fields medallists amongst Imperial's alumni. Imperial is one of the most research intensive universities in the world. It is consistently ranked among the top universities in the world, ranking 5th in the World (and 3rd in Europe) in the 2013 QS World University Rankings.
Imperial has four faculties, all undergraduate courses are within these categories: Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Imperial College Business School.
Imperial College, as previously stated, specialises in subjects within the realm of natural sciences. However it also has an outstanding school of business and economics.
Imperial's main campus is located in the South Kensington area of central London. It is situated in an area of South Kensington known as Albertopolis which has a high concentration of cultural and academic institutions, including the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal College of Music, the Royal College of Art, the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Albert Hall. Imperial has two other major campuses – at Silwood Park (near Ascot in Berkshire) and at Wye (near Ashford in Kent). The Wye campus, some of it dating back to the 15th century, is currently vacant and available for sale or rent. The Imperial College NHS Trust has multiple hospitals throughout Greater London and various lectures for medical students are conducted within these hospitals, including St. Mary's Hospital, Charing Cross Hospital, Northwick Park Hospital & St. Mark's Hospital and Hammersmith Hospital.
Student Oyster photocards can be bought for use within London on trains, underground, buses and the London Docklands Light Railway. If you travel regularly on public transport it will be cheaper to buy a travelcard rather than single tickets. Transport for London (TFL) offers a student travelcard which gives a 30% discount to full-time students over the age of 18. Travel costs are dependent upon the zone you will be travelling from. A travelcard for Zones 1-6 will be required to travel from Zone 6. Travel costs are cheaper if you are travelling from Zones 1,2,3,4 and 5; further details can be found on the Transport for London website.