London W6 8NB
Dear Future Resident!
Congratulations on gaining a place at Imperial College!
I am writing to welcome you to Parsons House and to provide some guidance on when to arrive and what to bring with you. Most
of this information is already included in the Accommodation website, www3.imperial.ac.uk/accommodation, which you should
read before you arrive.
Parsons House Hall of Residence is situated in three floors of a modern building providing accommodation for 40 students in
total. There are communal kitchens and bathroom facilities. You also have access to the Common Room at nearby Golding House.
Access to the Common Room is gained using the key fob you will be provided with. The warden, assistant warden and subwarden
make up the wardening team. Two hall seniors (students who have been selected for a second year at the hall) also assist the
wardening team in organising social events. Our aim is to make your stay at Parsons House a thoroughly enjoyable one whilst also
providing an environment conducive for study. We will be kicking off the year with lots of events in the first week of term to
give you the opportunity to meet fellow residents. Social activities will be organised throughout the Academic year. The
wardening team is also there to help you settle into your new and exciting environment and to sort out any problems which may
arise - so feel free to drop in for a chat anytime!
The hall is located within in the grounds of Charing Cross Hospital, in the fashionable and vibrant Hammersmith area. Details of
how to get to Parsons House are available on the Residences website. You should aim to arrive between 10am and 4pm on
Saturday 3rd October 2009 when we are available to hand over your keys and welcome pack and to show you to your room. If
you are unable to arrive on this weekend it is extremely important that you contact the Wardening Team before Saturday 3rd
October 2009, otherwise your room may be reallocated. If you are coming by car, please note that Parsons House has no parking
spaces allocated to it in the Charing Cross Campus car park but short term unloading of the cars will be possible. A number of
(expensive) metered parking spaces may be found in the surrounding streets. Suggestions as to what to bring with you are given
in the Residences website, though there are a few additional points you should note:-
• Bicycles: Bicycles are great (and cheap) way to get to and from the South Kensington campus (approx 20min). Bicycles
however cannot be stored in Hall. Open air cycle racks are present on the Charing Cross campus. Please be aware that Bike
theft is rife in London, so we strongly recommend that you do not bring an expensive bicycle, and/or obtain separate bicycle
insurance, and purchase a ‘D’ bolt lock. Bikes are not covered by the insurance policy arranged for hall residents.
• Cars: You are strongly advised not to bring a car to college, as parking at both Imperial College and Hammersmith is by
parking permit only, which is extremely difficult to obtain.
• Televisions and Stereos: If you bring a TV you are obliged by law to obtain a TV licence. Expensive hi-fi equipment may not
be covered by college insurance, and we have strict rules on noise in hall so please think carefully before bringing it.
• Cooking: No electrical cooking devices are allowed in your bedroom.
• Space: Please remember that you will only have a limited amount of storage space in your room, so don’t bring loads of stuff.
• Address/Telephone: The postal address for the hall is given above. Each room has a phone and a separate data line for
We look forward to meeting you soon!
The Parsons House Wardening Team
Dr Marko Krznaric, Warden
Department of Computing
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7594 8191