The checklist below includes all the essential things you need to do before you arrive on campus:

  • Read all the correspondence that we have sent you
  • Check your course details
  • Find out about support for additional needs. If you have additional needs relating to a disability, medical condition, dyslexia or mental health difficulty please contact us on telephone 01604 893430 or email to discuss your needs, if you have not already done so
  • Read the University rules, regulations and Student Partnership Agreement
  • Ensure that you have completed and returned any forms that we have sent to you, for example:
    • Complete your online Accommodation application and reservation if you require accommodation in Halls of Residence
    • Complete your online Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check application and send supporting documents to the Admissions Office
    • Inform the Admissions Office by emailing if your contact details or circumstances have changed since you confirmed your place at The University of Northampton
  • Read the Enrolment information page for further details of documentation that you will need to bring.

Any forms relevant to your particular course can be found in the downloads section on this page.

Students who have placements at Northampton General Hospital need to set up an account on their electronic system to complete forms sent to Occupational health. Please download the NGH portal instructions document and set up your portal account.

If you are student staying in Halls of Residence please see the list below:

Essential items for students in Halls of Residence

Bank account

Having a bank account prior to arrival will avoid the necessity of storing cash in your room or on your person.


The University has arranged standard personal possessions insurance with Endsleigh Insurance – inclusive within your rent payments. However, you will need to register with Endsleigh to ‘activate’ this policy.

Endsleigh can offer the opportunity to ‘bolt on’ additional cover at your expense.

Mains powered TV

A mains powered TV will be required if you wish to bring a television.

If you watch TV or stream live programmes on your computer you will need to purchase a TV licence.

It is also advisable to wait until the day of your arrival to assess the TV reception before making this outlay.

Postal address

Make sure you have circulated your new postal address to friends and family.

The Park campus post room is located in Holdenby. It opens for student access between 10am-4pm. Students living in East Halls can collect their post from the post boxes in the foyers from 12 noon. You will be given keys for each box.

Avenue campus residents can collect their post from Quinton Lodge. You can send stamped mail from there.

Network and WiFi access

This is available in all halls of residence.


On the day of arrival you will need to register with the on-campus doctors surgery and it is also advisable to register with a local dentist.


Please see the travel and parking page.


Bring only the essentials and buy the rest on arrival.


There is limited storage for clothes, you will also need to bring coat hangers.


You will need to bring a quilt, bed sheets and pillows.

Kitchen equipment

There is limited storage for kitchen equipment – you will need crockery and cutlery.

Electrical equipment such as toasters and rice cookers are not allowed in halls.


Only bring limited food on your first day, there are opportunities to go shopping within the first few days.