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Getting to Imperial College's South Kensington Campus

We advise using public transport to travel to the South Kensington campus, as parking in the area is extremely limited. There is no public parking on campus and parking around the campus is very expensive due to its central London location. 


By train

The nearest Underground station is South Kensington, on the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines. From South Kensington Station, the campus is only a five-minute walk. Either follow the subway signposted to the museums or walk north up Exhibition Road. The College is next to the Science Museum.


By bus


Our South Kensington Campus is easily accessible by bus. A number of routes pass within easy walking distance of the campus:


  • 9 Aldwych - Hammersmith Broadway, alight at the Royal Albert Hall

  • 10 Kings Cross Station - Hammersmith Broadway, alight at the Royal Albert Hall

  • 52 Victoria Bus Station - Willesden Bus Garage, alight at the Royal Albert Hall

  • 360 Elephant and Castle Station - Prince Consort Rd, alight at Prince Consort Rd

  • 14 Tottenham Court Road - Putney Heath, alight at South Kensington Station

  • 49 Battersea Rise - Shepherd's Bush Green, alight at South Kensington Station

  • 70 Acton - South Kensington Station, alight at South Kensington Station

  • 74 Baker Street Station - Putney, alight at South Kensington Station

  • 345 Peckham Bus Station - South Kensington Station, alight at South Kensington Station

  • 414 Maida Vale - Putney Bridge, alight at South Kensington Station

  • 452 Kensal Rise - Vauxhall, alight at Royal Albert Hall

  • 430 South Kensington Station - Minstead Gardens SW15

From Heathrow airport

Heathrow Express, 15 mins to Paddington mainline station, then take the London Underground Circle line to South Kensington.

Or take the London Underground directly from Heathrow to South Kensington station on the Piccadilly Line (50 minutes travelling time).


From Gatwick airport

Gatwick Express, 30 mins to Victoria mainline station, then take the London Underground District or Circle line to South Kensington.

Alternatively, take a national rail train to Victoria station (journey time 40 minutes) and then continue by London Underground.

By car

Car parking at the South Kensington Campus is severely restricted and you are advised not to bring a car unless permission has been given.


Please email Kemi Aofolaju at to inquire about parking permissions. 


The car park is open to the public from 18.00 to midnight on weekdays and from 08.00 to midnight on weekends.


Please note that overnight parking is not permitted. Parking in the streets surrounding the College is at pay and display or parking meters for limited periods only.


The postcode to use for satellite navigation to the South Kensington car park is SW7 2BX. Entry is via Exhibition Road.