Where is Parsons House?
Parsons House is located on the south-eastern corner of the Charing Cross Hospital (CXH) campus, which is on Fulham Palace Road in Hammersmith, just south of Hammersmith roundabout.
The Hall is accessible by foot from Fulham Palace Road (walking across the CXH campus) and the gate on Aspenlea Road. If coming by car, access by road is via Margravine Road, then look for Claybrook Road (Google Maps).
Living in Parsons
Each room has a desk and chair, a desk lamp, wardrobe, wash basket, a notice board and a bed. Each room has a telephone and internet service (you may want to bring a network cable with you). You will also need your own duvet, sheets, pillows and towels. There are several shops nearby for items you cannot bring with you.
There is a kitchen in every flat. Kitchens are equipped with stoves, ovens, fridge/freezers, microwaves, toasters and kettles. The space is limited, so bring only what you really need.
You will need your own cutlery, plates, washing-up liquid and towels and some utensils. Please do not bring any kitchen electrical items, overly large pots and pans. Note that safety regulations prohibit any cooking equipment (rice cookers, hot plates, kettles, toasters, microwaves, etc.) in the bedrooms.
The hall is located between Hammersmith and Barons Court Underground stations in Zone 2, approx. 10-15 mins walk away. From there it is a 10 minute trip to Imperial’s South Kensington campus where most undergraduate lectures will be held.
Parsons is in a fantastic location for food shopping as well as general shopping, with local supermarkets, such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose, just around the corner. As well as King Street in Hammersmith, Hammersmith Broadway and Fulham Palace Road providing a wide selection of shops for many other requirements.
Bicycles cannot be stored in the Hall or bedrooms and have to be locked somewhere on the CXH campus. Beware, bike theft is rife in London, so do bring a good lock with you. We recommend a ‘D’ bold lock from a respectable manufacturer. Imperial sell discounted locks at South Kensington Campus and also offer free bike marking.
You are strongly advised not to bring your own car to college, as parking at both Imperial College and Hammersmith is by parking permit only, which is extremely difficult to obtain.
Entertainment and Events
The Hall Team
The role of the wardening team is to look after the pastoral, social and disciplinary aspects of the Hall, while the rooms, fixtures and fittings are looked after by the housekeeping team. Room allocations are made by the Student Accommodation Office in South Kensington Campus.
The Wardening and Senior team will put on regular events throughout the year with the aim of making your life in Parsons as social and fun as you, the resident, would like it. We host regular dinners, trips and parties, as well as inter-flat cooking competions and free Sunday Bruches. We also have a close tie with our twinned hall, Pembridge Gardens,and we regularly host joint events with your fellow students. There is also a large common room shared with local residents in the adjacent building with a large plasma TV showing freeview channels and we have a games console available for use.
So, Why Parsons House?
At Parsons House, being a smaller hall in comparison to other Imperial College halls, we form a great tight knit group over the year, leading to a great friendly atmosphere and an ideal Halls experience. A combination of flat living, your own personal space and a wider connection with the rest of the hall and other students, we hope that you can find a perfect balance for your university life. And with the support of the Wardening team, we hope that you have a fantastic year at Imperial College London and we look forward to seeing you in the near future.