Linstead is an undergraduate hall of residence at Imperial College London located in the picturesque setting of Princes Gardens. The hall is run by a team of wardens and fun-loving hall seniors. We also have an elected hall committee that plays an integral role in organising events and making Linstead a fun place to live and study. We hope you’ll get a taste of what it’s like to live at Linstead.
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 lovely wife Clare, 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 11 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!
Hi everyone, and welcome to Linstead Hall! I am Nils, PhD student in Mechanical Engineering. I do research which involves burning a lot of plastic! I am originally from Germany but have also lived in Japan and America when I was little. I have spent my whole academic life here at Imperial but I still remember what it was like to start here as a fresher. In my spare time I enjoy doing sports, eating good food, and when I have the time also travelling. I hope you all have a great year here and if you want to have a chat feel free to stop by. I look forward to meeting you!
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! Welcoooommme to Imperial College and to its most amazing hall of residence: Linstead!!! I am Madison, third year Mathematician. I come from sunny South of France. I love all kinds of sports, especially tennis; you will often see me at the Ethos Sports Centre or running around Hyde Park, so don’t hesitate and come along! Because of my strong fighting spirit I intend to make Linstead the most athletic and competitive hall ever, and I need all of you to join in the sport challenges we are going to organize against the other halls!!! Of course, if you hate sports there will be so many other activities planned by our team, so don’t worry, just enjoy. Also being typically French I love chatting around a glass of wine (and eating smelly French cheese). So if you feel lonely, want to talk, have a good time, come and knock on my door, I have a permanent supply!! I really look forward to meeting you all and help make this new year unforgettable for you new Linsteadians!
Hello there everyone, I’m Max, 4th year Mechanical Engineer and 4th year Linsteadian. Living in Linstead as a fresher and being a hall senior has made my time at Imperial the great experience it has been and I hope that the rest of the hall senior team and I can help to make your time the best it can be! We’ve got lots of events, trips and the infamous gourmet Sunday Brunch for you to look forward to. 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. As the faithful team motivator and ex-captain of the ever triumphant Linstead football team, I hope you can join us in our many unforgettable and equally unmemorable performances. My door is always open (room 116) if you need help with anything or just fancy a chat. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you new Linsteadians!
Hello everyone! My name is Nil, and I am a 4th year Biotechnology and Management student. Having spent a year in Linstead as a fresher, I can already tell you that you are going to be a part of one of the best communities at Imperial! It is a great, sociable place to get to know your fellow freshers and to just have a laugh with your floormates. You can be assured that the exciting range of events we have planned for you will enable you to enjoy your time at Linstead to its fullest. Don’t be afraid to come knock down my door if ever you have a problem! There's nothing a good talk, movie and chocolate can’t fix. I can not wait to meet you all and help you settle comfortably into your new home! Much Linstead Love :)
Hello and welcome to Linstead. I’m Abigael, a second year in Imperial’s greatest course – Materials Science. (Holla to my MatScis & Materials Love <3). Having spent a year at Linstead, I can guarantee, you’re in a great place and will have a fabulous first year. Moving to university can be daunting, so don’t be afraid to approach any of us; the wardening and senior team are here to help and support you – whether you need advice, have questions or just want someone to talk to. If I’m not cooking or eating on 4th floor (two of my favourite hobbies), you’ll probably find me playing a sport, hanging out in the RSM or sightseeing London. I love new experiences, so if there’s something you want to explore, just let me know. I’m looking forward to meeting you all. See you soon!
I'm Niall, second year electrical and electronic engineering. I'm really looking forward to meeting you all and throwing together some magnificent events throughout the year. I'm a triathlon and cross country running club member, and enjoy going on photo taking adventures to various parts of London whenever I can. I wish you all the best with your first year at Imperial, if you want to chat come and find me on Mezzanine.
Hi I’m Pallavi and I’m a third year Electrical and Electronic Engineering student. I like books, music and climbing. I’m always up for a chat (and I’m known to provide hot chocolate too) so feel free to knock on my door any time! I had my first year in these halls and had a great freshers year so I’ll know exactly how to make sure you have a great year here too!
Full regulations are sent with your license agreement. Whilst in Halls all you agree to the following statements:
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.
The wardens are here to ensure that the hall runs smoothly and that any problems you encounter are addressed early. We are all well acquainted with the College and the surrounding area, and as we are all members of the academic staff of College or PhD graduate students, we know how College operates and are here to help you. There is always a warden on duty between 6pm and 8am weekdays and 24hrs over the weekend (from 6pm Friday until 8am Monday). To contact the duty warden please ring 50565 from any college phone or otherwise dial 07590250565. Outside these times (i.e. during normal working hours) it is best to contact the Hall Manager who is located in the Hall Manager’s office on the ground floor of Gabor hall on weekdays from 8am – 5pm.
These are students who have already had at least a year in residence and are here to help run the hall. Their primary role is to help the wardening team with organising events and activities.
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 in person or by e-mail to the hall supervisors, located in Gabor Hall. 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 to the Hall Manager. 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. You need to pay £2 for a wash and £1 for a dry cycle. Ironing equipment is available, as well.
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 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 in our Contact Section
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.
The nearest bank is the Natwest branch situated in the lower ground floor level of Sherfield building. There is also a Santander branch on the pathway between Sherfield building and Electrical Engineering building.
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.
Apart from Essentials, which is located within the Eastside building, other shops in the vicinity of the hall are:
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. Details have been provided in the welcome packs
handed out on the first day. 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.
You are allowed to have friends round to stay but it is imperative that
you let the wardening team know 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 contact a subwarden and inform them of your intention of having a guest. 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 http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/gettingaround/maps/buses.
Watch this video for even more information about living at Eastside.
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