FAQs & Arrivals Information

We look forward to welcoming you to Imperial’s best Hall!

Toothbrush? Check. Duvet? Check. The list may seem endless, but we’ve put together a quick guide to Arriving at Wilson.


You must register before you arrive. Don’t read on until you’ve done that first! Note that Wilson has a separate registration process to the central Accommodation Service, and you won’t be able to get your keys without completing our registration.

Once you’ve registered, make sure you’ve read our “Initial Information” page and printed out the relevant documents.

Post, Deliveries and Pre-Arrivals

Unfortunately, it is not possible to accept deliveries or post on your behalf prior to your arrival. Please do not have anything (Oyster cards, bank accounts, etc etc…) sent to Wilson before Move-In Saturday. 

It is also unfortunately not possible to enter/look around the Hall prior to Move-In day as it is being used by other residents.

What You Need

All your basic bedroom, bathroom and kitchen equipment. Yes, you do need pillows, duvet, sheets, towels, etc. You can pre-order certain items through the College, or buy things when you get here if you’re stuck for packing space. 

Don’t forget some sort of proof of age, as this will probably be important for going out in London.

Don’t worry if you do forget something; you can buy basically everything in London!

If you’re coming from abroad you can order a UK SIM card rather than getting a whole new phone. Phone companies in the UK include EE, GiffGaff, Vodafone, O2 and Three. Three also allow you to use your phone abroad in about 30 countries at no extra cost so may be worthwhile checking out if you are planning on travelling around a little.

What You Don’t Need

Student Oyster Cards are pointless for your first year. A regular Oyster card can be picked up at any major tube station, and you can also use contactless debit cards on buses and tubes instead of an Oyster. Anyone with a Young Person railcard can get this loaded on to their Oyster card – which is the best way of saving money. A Student Oyster only saves you money on passes, which you won’t need for commuting to South Kensington: it’s faster to walk or bike than take public transport.

Non-UK electrical equipment may not work on the UK power network. Rice Cookers in particular are bad at this. A rice cooker costs only around £10-20, so we would suggest you don’t bring this. All electrical items of this nature (being used in the kitchens) must be PAT tested.

A Car: it is not possible to park a car, (or motorbike etc) at Wilson. And you won’t be able to apply for a parking permit either. Just don’t do it! Bring a bike if you would like – we have a secure bike store to the rear of the building.

UK Customs: If you’re travelling from abroad, make sure you’re not bringing anything into the UK you’re not allowed to. It’s also good to check you’re bringing in allowed amounts of other, non-banned items.

Get Involved

Make sure you’ve checked out our facebook group, and are starting to meet your new housemates online before you get here.

You can pre-buy your Passes for events for Freshers’ Week online, or you can buy them (in cash) when you arrive. 

The Union also runs a Freshers’ Facebook group that will answer the most common questions and the Union website also has more information on Clubs, Sports and Societies that you may be interested in getting involved with when you get here.

Meet Your Housemates

You’re going to be living with these guys for a whole year (if not longer, if you then move-in to a House together afterwards!). So it’s good to get to know your house. It will be impossible to know everyone in the Hall, but your house is a good place to start! 

We’ve set up kitchen specific facebook groups that are accessible through eWilson and the main facebook group for you to chat amongst yourselves.

Learn about Paddington

Paddington is a fantastic and vibrant place – though may be a shock if you’re not used to busy places!

Move In Day

On Move In Day itself, please try to arrive between 10am and 4pm, Saturday 28th September 2019. If you are not going to arrive between these times (or you are going to arrive late), please let us know in advance. 

If you’re arriving in a car, you will be able to park on the drive for 20 minutes whilst you unload. Parking is then available at many local NCP car parks. It is not possible to park on the drive for the rest of the day due to the sheer number of people arriving. 

Spend the day unpacking and meeting people, and at 4pm we’ll kick off the Freshers’ Fortnight festivities!

Plan for Imperial

College won’t start until the Monday after Move-In day, but it’s good to know what you’ll be doing in your first week. 

The first part of that plan might be on working out how to find Wilson… 

You will also want to familiarise yourself with when you need to be in your Department for the Introductory talks. These will normally happen on the Monday, with the Union Freshers’ Fair for Clubs, Societies and Sports on the Tuesday.

Regular Events

Events aren’t only in Freshers’! We hold regular events throughout the year; free and paid.

Wilson Facilities

Find out about Wilson facilities here for you to use and enjoy in the Hall

Freshers’ Fortnight

You’re only a Fresher once! But it will be enjoyable… Find out all about Wilson House Freshers’ events.