or extension 50565 from a College landline.
The duty warden can be reached between 18:00 - 08:00 on weekdays and all day during the weekend.
Welcome to Linstead Hall! Move-in day is Saturday 28th September between 10:00-16:00. Be sure to do the following now:
(1) Read the Welcome Letter
(2) Join the Facebook group.
(3) Strongly consider buying a Linstead Gold Pass for the Freshers Fortnight.
(4) Register on eHalls BEFORE arriving so that you can receive your keys (IC username/password).
The South Kensington Campus area can get very busy during Arrivals Weekend, so if you intend to arrive by car or taxi then please review our ‘Traffic Management Plan’. You will also be able to view our parking map from this website.
For any other information regarding your arrival, please refer to your eInduction.
The Wardens play a big part in hall life by supporting you if you have any personal problems, dealing with emergencies and disciplinary matters (see hall rules), and ensuring that the hall runs smoothly.
Welcome to Imperial! My name is Dan Balint; I am the warden of Linstead Hall and a Reader in Solid Mechanics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. I live in the warden's flat on level 5 with my daughter Cecily (CeCe) and son Jesse.
I am from the States; grew up near Detroit, Michigan, attended Michigan State University for my undergraduate studies in Engineering Mechanics, then moved east to Cambridge, Massachusetts for a master's degree in Applied Mathematics and PhD in Engineering Sciences at Harvard, then further east to the original Cambridge for a post-doc in the same field, followed by a brief interlude in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as a consultant and finally to Imperial where I have been for the last 12 years.
Apart from research, teaching and wardening, all of which I enjoy very much, I like photography, going to art museums, traveling, reading books, listening to music, watching baseball and rugby, listening to cricket, eating delicious food and the pursuit of a good night of sleep. I am here for you, so don't hesitate to stop by or approach me when you see me in hall. I wish you a very happy and successful year!
Hello there everyone, I’m Max, PhD student in Mechanical Engineer and 6th year Linsteadian. Living in Linstead as a fresher and being a hall senior for three years has made my time at Imperial the great experience it has been and I hope we can help to make your time the best it can be!
I play a lot of music, love jazz, enjoy a good game of squash and going for a run. South Kensington is an incredible place to live and I highly recommend getting out and about as much as you can. I’m sure I can suggest a few bars or restaurants.
My door is always open (room 124) if you need help with anything or just fancy a chat. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you new Linsteadians!
Hey hey, welcome to Imperial and to Linstead Hall! I am Sihao and I studied Biomedical Engineering here at Imperial. I’m now doing my PhD in auditory neuroscience, studying the representation of sound in the brain.
I was born in China, but I’ve spent most of my life in Belgium, where I have acquired an appreciation of chocolate, beer and the occasional waffle. When I have some free time I enjoy taking photos, exploring the city, cooking, travelling and reading a good book. If you ever want to talk about brains, chocolate, photography or anything else, feel free to knock on my door. Looking forward to meeting you all!
Hello everyone and welcome to Linstead Hall! I am Julianna and I am pursuing my PhD in the field of Organic Electronics. I am from Greece, where I grew up in Athens, but my origin is from a small island called Ithaca. I completed my undergrad in Material Science in Greece and my postgrad in Physics in Paris.
My hobbies are dancing, cooking, long walks, swimming, travelling and cycling. I am looking forward to meeting you all and don't hesitate to ask me everything you want! Have a pleasant stay at Linstead! :)
Hall Seniors are students who have already lived in Imperial halls, chosen by the wardening team to carry out various roles to keep the hall going. Linstead Hall has 8 Hall Seniors. You can knock on their doors for anything and they will be more than happy to help.
Hey everyone, congratulations on getting into Imperial! I’m Alex and I’m in my second year at Imperial studying computing. I was lucky enough to live in Linstead in my first year and it really was amazing. The building itself is lovely and the community is even better! Linstead really is great and I’m looking forward to introducing you all to it! Personally I enjoy going to the gym and walking around London. So if you ever fancy a gym session don’t hesitate to ask - Ethos is only next door! I’m looking forward to meeting you all and helping you settle in to uni life and more importantly the amazing community that is Linstead!
Hello everyone! My name is James Galvin and I'm a third year Aeronautical Engineer. Welcome to Imperial College, to London and, most importantly, to Linstead. We have, in my experience, a great community here, and if you need anyone to talk to you are welcome to knock on my door (B24). I have a menagerie of board games for when you want a relaxed evening with some friends and I'll be happy to lend them out. My other hobbies include cheerleading, watching movies and TV and singing, so feel free to seek me out if you want to do any of those things. There are going to be plenty of events to keep you entertained at Linstead, and I hope my fellow seniors and I can make them as enjoyable as possible. I look forward to meeting you all and helping you settle in and enjoy your time at Linstead.
Hi everyone and welcome to Linstead! My name is Marietta and I’m a fourth year Bioengineering student from the South of Spain. This is my last year as a Hall senior, so I’m very excited about the time ahead together! In my free time I like reading, watching movies, playing some outdoor sports or going walks in Hyde Park. I also love travelling and exploring everything London has to offer! I’m really looking forward to meeting you all and making you feel at home, so feel free to knock on my door at any time if you have questions or just need someone to talk!
Hey everyone! I’m Matt, a third year Materials student from Canada/France. This is my first year as a senior, and I’m super excited to help make your first year at Imperial an unforgettable experience! London, and in particular Linstead, is such an amazing place with people and experiences you’ll never forget. Although we do have a lot of fun, uni can be tough, so my door is always open. There’s nothing some snacks and a nice glass of french wine or tea can’t fix! I look forward to meeting you all, and make sure you have a great first year at Imperial!
Hello and a warm welcome to Imperial College London and Linstead Hall! My name is Osaruoname Johannes Igiehon but you can call me Wona, it's easier that way. I am a second year Mechanical Engineering Student and I am from Nigeria. As I was in your shoes about a year ago, I understand what most be going through your minds but I can assure you, Living in halls contributes immensely to your first year experience if you allow it and we are here to ensure that this is possible. If you need anything just come ask me; I prefer to sit in the kitchen than be in my room, so it should be easy enough to find me if you want to chat about stuff. I look forward to meeting you all and I hope that we will have an enjoyable and fun filled year ahead!
Hi everyone, I am Shavaiz, a second year Chemical Engineering student. Welcome to Linstead! I love sports, especially basketball so you will probably see me in Ethos a lot. If you see me, don’t be afraid to say hi! I try to be as active as possible and I will try to encourage others to be active too. Let me know if you need a gym partner for the day or if you need a spot at the gym, I am always happy to help :). I moved to west London in 2012 from Hong Kong so I have been living in London for 7 years. If you have any questions about the city or any questions at all, ask me and I will try my best to answer them. I look forward to meeting you and having a great year with you guys at Linstead!
Hi, everyone! Welcome to Imperial and Linstead! I’m Xinyuan Xu but you can call me James. I study Electrical and Electronic Engineering, surviving to my 4th year. I come from Suzhou, which is a brilliant city near Shanghai, China. The gift of my homeland is food, delicious Chinese food. We could share recipes, teach each other how to cook and enjoy food together if you are interested in that. In London, I specialize in healthy-all-in-one pot: noodle in soup and rice pot, inspired from ShaGuo and ShiGuoFan. Sports occupy a big chunk of my free time, e.g. badminton, football (Mia San Mia), table tennis and swimming. I am planning to jog around Hyde Park at least once every week this year. (JOIN ME) I read a lot (please recommend your favourite book to me) and play a bit of computer/mobile games. If you need help or any advice, for instance study, life in general, early career or anything else, I am more than willing to be your consultant. Knock on my door or slip a paper underneath it if I am away. I look forward to meeting you all and let’s make this year unforgettable together.
Your Hall Supervisors are your first point of contact for any maintenance or housekeeping and for any day-to-day issues on weekdays between 08.00 - 18.00, and you can call them on 020 7594 1153 or 020 7594 5354. You can also find them in their office at the Gabor Hall entrance.
This is the calendar for the warden duty rota. A warden is on duty and available on 07590250565 between 18:00 and 08:00 on weekdays, and during the weekend (18:00 Friday - 08:00 Monday).
Your wardens are your first point of contact for any issues you have, to reach them you can call the duty phone (07590250565) between 18:00 and 08:00 on a weekday and all day during the weekend. You can also reach them via eHalls or email.
Between 08:00 and 18:00 during the week, you can go to the Hall Supervisors any issues regarding the hall. You can also call them on 45921 on a College landline.
Throughout the year the team will be organising a variety of events for you. These events range from fancy dinners to going paintballing. These events are funded through the Hall Amenities fund which all residents contribute 2 pounds to from their weekly rent (this is already included in your rent). All event information will be posted on Facebook.
All day-to-day administration is processed thorugh our online system, eHalls. On eHalls, you can report any defects to your room or communal spaces, fill out your room inventory, raise an issue with the team and much more. Be sure to make yourself familiar with the interface, and ask someone from the team if something is not clear!
If you ahve any issues that you would like to report and you could do it either through eHalls, as mentioned above, or you could go to the Student Hub, who will try your best to help you.
When the fire alarm sounds you must vacate the building and assemble in Princes Gardens, on the grass, away from the front door of Linstead to allow fire marshals access the building. Students who do not vacate the hall will be fined.
Only residents have a swipe card activated for entering the building. If you see someone whom you do not recognise entering the hall, please ask politely if he/she is a resident. However, if for any reason you are uncomfortable about doing this or suspect something amiss, please ring the duty warden. You are fully responsible for any guests you bring into the hall and they should not wander around unaccompanied. Please ask them to ring you at the door.
Imperial College arranges basic insurance cover for students living in its halls of residence. We should recommend that any students with particularly valuable items (computer equipment, bikes, etc) should make their own insurance arrangements.
DO NOT KEEP LARGE QUANTITIES OF MONEY IN YOUR ROOM!
See our emergency numbers in the Contact Section below.
So, you are at Linstead and you have a few questions. Not sure of what to do. Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions and their answers:
It is very important that you do not lend your card to anyone else. Keep in mind that the card serves as both your college and student identity card as well as granting you access to college facilities such as the Library and the Sports Centre, your department and your room. Keep it with you at all times.
If you lose your card, replacements can be obtained during the day from the security office in the Sherfield building; replacements will cost £10 each. If you loose your card and are unable to replace it, the security office in Weeks Hall, and the duty wardens will be able to help you get into your room.
Note: all new ID cards have to be programmed by Gabor office in order for you to have access to your room. So please take your new ID card to Gabor office for reprogramming once issued with a new one!
If at any time you have problems with your swipe card please contact duty warden at duty hours or contact Gabor office out of duty hours.
Every kitchen is equipped with cookers, ovens, refrigerators and freezers. You will have your own lockable cupboard, the keys to which will be provided.
Your rooms will be cleaned by the cleaning staff. Kitchens will be cleaned daily, from Monday to Friday.
The cleaners will not do your washing-up. Any dirty crockery or cutlery will be placed in the green bins located within each kitchen. The Hall Manager will dispose of anything still in the green bins after a week.
A typical en-suite room will include the followings: a bed, study desk, chair, wardrobe, shelving, desk lamp and curtains. There is a bathroom in every room, but the kitchen is shared with other students.
Do not attach any tape or Blue-Tac to your walls under any circumstance, marked walls will incur a charge.
The college no-smoking policy is in effect in hall and smoking is only allowed at a minimum of five meters away from the hall in Princes Gardens.
Any defects must be reported on eHalls. Here any small problems like a leaking sink/shower, broken desk or you require a new light bulb etc. should be reported. Imperial College Residences aim to respond to all non-emergency defects within 5 working days using a team of maintenance contractors who visit each hall on a weekly basis to deal with any non-urgent defects. Except in emergencies we will not enter your room without permission or prior arrangement. This permission will be given when you report the defect. When a contractor enters your room they will leave a ‘maintenance calling card’ which will inform you of the time of arrival/departure, description of the defect, whether the defect has been resolved or a return visit is required, and the name of the operative.
The network sockets in your room are active and can be used with your computer. You need to register your computer before you will have access to the network. You can register for the Student Halls Network service as follows:
You will need the following information to register:
The internet connection in your room is part of the College network and so is very quick. It is more than sufficient for any work requirements you may have. Please do not use Bittorrent and similar programs. Even if you are downloading files legally, the enormous number of connections opened by Bittorrent software will overload the hall’s network server and cause connection errors to other internet users in the hall.
Every room is equipped with a telephone and is able to receive external calls and make calls to other Imperial numbers free of charge. The room extension is a five digit number. To call these numbers from outside of Imperial, add “+44 (0)207 85” followed by the extension. If you wish to make external calls from the internal phones you need to register with Unitel.
Your post will be found in the mailboxes in the foyer of the residence. Any packages or letters requiring a signature will be delivered to the security lodge in Weeks hall. Security officers will leave a note for you alerting of the presence of that letter or package.
The laundry is situated in the basement level and contains washing machines and tumble dryers. The machines are operated by Circuit Laundry and you will need to download their app to use them. A wash costs £2.20 and a dry costs £1.20. Ironing equipment is available, as well, free of charge.
Please do not overload the machines. They are not designed to wash blankets, sleeping bags or training shoes. If you overload them, they break down and it can take several weeks before they are fixed.
There is a common room in the hall with a PS4 (with Netflix!), Wii, and table football. In addition, we have a large social space which we share with Southside and Eastside. Weekly movie nights are held there using our state-of-the-art projector. Snacks and other nibbles are also provided on these nights. A table-tennis table is also available for use by students.
We have a football team who takes part in the inter-hall tournament. Please contact a senior if you would like to join it. We will also consider having other sports teams, like a basketball team, depending on the interest shown by the students. If you are interested in running, one of us will organise some runs in Hyde Park to stretch the legs. The hall organises events such as film nights, quizes, dinners, etc. The hall also runs activities outside hall such as trips to the cinema, paintballing, concerts and art galleries. There will be lots of events organised, especially during Freshers’ fortnight. The hall promotes these excursions by subsidising entry fees. Additionally, there are several formal events each year. Formal dress is encouraged for these events; these are the most significant events of the year, with the majority of the hall attending. They have food, prizegiving, music and dancing. If you have any suggestions for social events, please talk to the wardening team or join the hall committee.
Yes, it can be found here
The nearest cash point is located just outside Essentials shop, on the ground floor of Wilkinson Hall. It is accessible 24/7 with your college swipe card, and is free of charge.
One minute walk away from the hall you will find the new Ethos Sports centre with a gym and swimming pool which are free to use for Imperial College students. There is also a sports hall at the centre where you can play football, table tennis, basketball and badminton for a small fee.
You should register with the Imperial College Health Centre when you arrive, located beneath Southside, just two minutes from Linstead. Please note that international students are required to bring their passport upon registration. There is also a dentist available. The Health Centre is closed on Tuesday afternoons.
You are allowed to have friends round to stay but it is imperative that you register them on eHalls if anyone is staying overnight with you as for security reasons and fire regulations we must have an accurate list of those in the hall. You must register your guests by contacting a member of the wardening team.
Please register your guests on eHalls if they are staying overnight. If you are in a double room, you must inform your roommate in advance as well.
Please read section 9 of Linstead Rules and section 10 of Accommodation Contract Terms and Conditions for further information.
You can store your bike at our Southside bike shed (swipe access via side gate next to Selkirk). You will need to get your swipe card activated at the hall office before you can access the shed. Alternatively, you can also use the college bike shed under the Faculty Building. Bringing your bicycle into the hall or your room is strictly forbidden.
There is no parking space provided near the hall. We advise students not to bring a car, as parking permits in College are only issued to students in cases of disability. Parking on London streets is strictly controlled and very expensive.
The main two means of public transport in London are buses and the tube. Everyone travelling in London should get an Oyster card, which you can use both on the buses and on the tube. Travelling with Oyster is cheaper and you can get an Oyster card at every tube station. As a student you can also apply for a student Oyster card (you can get the form at the Registry in Sherfield building), which gives you discounts on weekly and monthly passes. To plan your journey you can use Transport for London’s Journey Planner which gives you detailed description of possible routes. For more information on travel in London visit http://www.tfl.gov.uk.
The nearest tube station is the South Kensington tube station, which is approximately 5 minutes walk from the halls.
From the bus stations around Imperial College you can catch buses 9, 10, 49, 70, 52 and 360. If you walk to the South Kensington station you can also catch buses 14, 74, 345, 414, 430 and C1. Night routes serving the area are N9, N10, N52, N74, N97, 14 and 345. For more information and maps visit https://tfl.gov.uk/maps/bus.
Essentials is your closest supermarket, it is conveniently less than a minute away on the northern side of the Eastside buildings. If you are in need of more variety, you can find a Sainsbury's, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer on Brompton Road and a Tesco Express on Gloucester Road, all only 10 minutes away. There is also a large Sainsbury's store on Cromwell Road which is about 20 minutes away by foot. A full list including a few others:
The nearest bank is a Santander branch on the pathway between Sherfield building and the Electrical Engineering building. Alternatively, there is a Barclays on the intersection between Gloucester Road and Cromwell Road, which is only a 15 minute walk away.