Welcome Freshers!

Welcome Freshers!

Hi there! I am Zhi Hang, President of the 37th ICSS Executive Committee! Firstly, I would like to congratulate you on your admission to Imperial College London!

Imperial is among the most reputable universities in the world and boasts one of the most international university communities. The Singaporean community here in Imperial is large and close-knit, and we can’t wait to make you feel right at home!

At ICSS, we aim to always be your home away from home. Throughout your time in London, we will always be here to be a pillar of support whenever you miss that fried carrot cake and nasi lemak from back home!

To help you a little, we have created an ICSS Freshers’ Welcome Package just for you! This package consists of a wide range of events that are held both in Singapore and London, to facilitate your transition and get to know other students studying at Imperial! It also consists of our Ultimate Sotong Guide, which is an extremely detailed guide that helps you with all the nitty-gritty details before departing for and upon landing in London!

You’ll find the Welcome Package down below! Do reserve the dates and we look forward to welcoming you to the ICSS family!

1. Registering with Us

To start off, we will need you to provide some basic details about yourself! This will help us understand the demographics of the 19/20 Freshers that are coming to Imperial and allow us to plan suitable activities! You can fill in your details through this form. In it, you can also indicate your interest in attending our Pre-Departure Talk (more on that later)!

Also, do join our Freshers’ Facebook Group for 19/20! This group will serve as an important channel in disseminating the necessary information for our exciting events! Meanwhile, do also check out our Facebook and Instagram pages.

2. Pre-Departure Talk

The Pre-Departure Talk is a talk-and-mingle session that provides the opportunity for Freshers to find out more about preparations and life in London, inquire about the respective courses of study and meeting your fellow coursemates.

We have dedicated Academic Representatives from each course that will assist in answering any queries you may have! Don’t hesitate to ask them anything about your course or settling into London; they’ll be more than happy to share their experiences and give you some tips!

Pre-Departure Talk 2018

Date: Sunday, 21 July 2019
Venue: Furama Riverfront Hotel, Venus Ballroom I, 405 Havelock Rd, Singapore 169633
Time: 2pm – 5pm (Registration starts at 1.30pm)

Light refreshments will be provided, so do feel free to join! You may bring along your parents as well. If you’re interested, do sign up using the same link above, together with your personal details. We look forward to seeing you at the talk!

3. Sojourn

Sojourn is our annual orientation camp where you will find friends who will spend the next 3-4 years with you in London! Filled with fun activities and joy, we are sure that you will forge lasting memories and fellow freshers and seniors! It is the highlight event for freshers and should not be missed!

Sojourn 2018

Date: Friday – Sunday, 16 – 18 August 2019
Venue: Sentosa, Aloha Changi
Cost: ~S$60 (Based on 2018 fees)
More details will be released during Pre-Departure Talk.

4. Warwick Summer Games & Play@ICSS

This is an annual sporting event organised by Warwick Singapore Society that brings every Singaporean society across the UK for a whole day of sporting competition! Simply have fun by joining one of the sports and support Team ICSS against other universities!

Date: Saturday, 31 August 2019
Venue: Bukit Gombak Stadium
Sports & Games: Football, Captain’s Ball, Frisbee, Basketball, Floorball
More information will be released closer to the date.

Warwick Summer Games 2018

At the same time, do join our Sports & Games Channel, Play@ICSS; there are many sports interest groups that you can join: Frisbee, Basketball and Captain’s Ball, just to name a few!

You can join our Play@ICSS Facebook group or ask our Sports Officer, Wei Heng (sportsofficer@ic-singsoc.net) for more details!

5. UKBound

UKBound is the flagship event of ICSS, where we gather all Singaporean societies across the UK to have a day of fun activities! Meet new friends who study in the UK and we are sure that it will be a blast for everyone! Stay tuned for more announcements about it later in the year!

Date: 7 September 2019 (TBC)

6. AIG Student Assist Plan

Don’t forget to get yourself insured when you’re overseas! ICSS is partnering with AIG to offer you the AIG Student Assist Plan, where you can get 10% off when you apply through us!

To apply with the discount:

  • Print out the application form,
  • Fill it in, and
  • Submit to president@ic-singsoc.net by Friday, 30 August 2019. You will receive an acknowledgement email after you have sent the application.

IMPORTANT: Do NOT submit the application form through the AIG website as you would not qualify for the discount.

Note: The premiums quoted on the form are  before the 10% discount. The net premium will be deducted from your credit card when the policy is issued.

In your email, do indicate the following:

  • Email Subject: AIG Student Assist Plan 2019-20 <Full Name>
  • Year of study for 2019-20
  • Attachment of completed application form

Please note that AIG would not contact students regarding personal financial planning.

On behalf of AIG, we would like to emphasise that:

  • The Core Plan only covers Accident Medical Expenses. However, there are optional benefits (Options A, B & C) on top of the Core Plan, at an additional cost, that will cover both Accident Medical Expenses and Sickness Medical Expenses.
  • The Two-Way Hospital Visit covers the expenses for, an immediate family member to stay with you if you are hospitalised, or for you to fly back to Singapore to visit a hospitalised family member, provided the affected is hospitalised for more than 5 days.

More information can be found on the brochure and infographic above.

Check out this link to find out more about the Student Assist Plan. Click here to view its policy wording.

If you have any queries with regards to the Plan, you can contact Mdm Ng Lay Hoon at layhoon@aia.com.sg.

7. Arrivals Weekend

Duvet Orders

A duvet is a thick blanket/quilt that will keep you extremely comfortable during the erratic winter days in London. To help you have the peace of mind and avoid the long queues in stores, we will be taking bulk orders during our Pre-Departure Talk and you will be able to collect it when you move into halls. We will release more details at a later date. Each duvet will cost around £10/S$18.

Freshers’ Airport Pick-up Service, Moving into Halls & Hall Walkabouts

Flying into London on 28 September and heading directly to halls? Worried about how to get there? Fret not, we will be providing a dedicated Freshers’ Airport Pick-up Service just for you! We are chartering bus services that will bring you straight from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to your various halls to check in! If you would like to hop on to this service, make sure that your flights arrive before 8am on 28 Sep! These flights include:

The pick-up Service will cost around £10-15 per person. We will release more details when the date draws closer!

On that same afternoon, we will have Hall Walkabouts! Your caring seniors who once lived in halls will guide you around the vicinity of your new homes! They will tell you where to get your groceries, the best shopping deals, eateries and most importantly, how to not get lost…

Alright, that’s all for now! There will be many more events when you come to London, such as celebrations, an exciting Ski Trip and our original musical production, Major Event! For now, enjoy your break, and you will hear from me a lot more often from June! If you have any queries, you can contact us at admin@ic-singsoc.net or on our Facebook pages and website!

Best wishes,
Zhang Zhi Hang
President, 37th Executive Committee
Imperial College Singapore Society

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