Imperial College London student union
Imperial College Union is the Students’ Union of Imperial College London. It is host to many and varied societies, and has student bars situated around Albertopolis. The Union is based in the north wing of the Beit Quadrangle on Prince Consort Road.
Get to know Imperial College Union.
We’re a big organisation with lots of departments, activities and responsibilities – and each one is an opportunity for you to take part.
We are also committed to communication, transparency and accountability, so our finances, and all of the minutes & papers from our committees, are open to the public.
Imperial College Union support
Imperial College Union is not just there to help our students enjoy their downtime, it’s also an important source of advice, support and representation to make sure you get the most out of your Imperial experience.
The Advice Centre
The Advice Centre in the Union building is staffed by professional advisers who can offer free advice on a wide range of academic and non-academic issues, including employment and consumer rights, international student support, legal assistance and academic appeals.
The Centre is independent from the College so all advice, including about academic issues, is confidential and completely impartial.
Student-run clubs, societies and projects
Imperial’s community is extremely diverse. This diversity is particularly celebrated in the Union’s 350+ clubs, societies and projects, which represent a huge range of interests, cultures and religious beliefs.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning students will also receive a warm welcome in the student-run LGBTQ+ society IQ.
Imperial College London student union
The main Union bars are located in Beit Quadrangle. There are three:
- FiveSixEight is a bar serving food, with large screens often showing sports events or popular music channels.
- Metric is a new nightclub opened in November 2010, which often plays host to DJs or to live bands performing to the backdrop of an electronic lighting wall.
- The Union Bar is a small wood-panelled bar, having the largest selection of real ale in the Union and the boasts the largest collection of pewter tankards in Europe, with many dating back to the early 20th century – each tankard represents an officer of one of the clubs and only the current or former club officers are allowed to use their club’s tankards.
- The Union also runs the Reynolds Bar situated in Charing Cross Hospital, largely frequented by the students of Imperial College School of Medicine. The bar was originally run by CXWSU for the Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School.
Imperial College Union has a theatre located in the Union Concert Hall (UCH) which is found on the second floor of the Main Union Building, Beit Quad. The majority of performances are put on by the student societies of Imperial College, ranging from serious drama through to Gilbert & Sullivan Marathons. The space is shared with the Imperial College Dramatic Society and Imperial Cinema and other student societies as a multipurpose space. The theatre has a fly tower with a selection of lighting and fly bars, the venue has lectriflex, DMX and sound & comms multicore installed throughout.
In the Summer of 2014 the Union Concert Hall underwent an extensive redevelopment after a grant was awarded to do so. In early 2015, the Dramatic Society installed a considerable amount of brand new cabling which will make the venue even more useful to anyone who wishes to use it.
Imperial College Union has a student run Cinema located in the Union Concert Hall, in Beit Hall. The Cinema is considered a club under the Arts & Entertainments Board, however provides a service to members and non-members.
The cinema is a professionally equipped cinema with a 33 ft screen, Dolby Digital surround sound system, Kinoton (35mm) and Barco (Digital) projectors and seats up to 200. Pre-show advertisements are provided by Pearl & Dean.
Redevelopment of the Union Building
As of August 2006 £2.2 million had been raised out of the total £6 million required for the redevelopment of the Union wing of Beit Hall. All three phases of the building project were completed by 2011, including the full bar and nightclub refurbishment and moving the Union Gym to level 3 of the building.