What to Bring to University

Date 5 October 2022

A list of the essentials that we think you should bring, and a few things that it’s best to leave at home.

Course Enquiries Team

What you should bring to university

Things to bring

  • Important documents — These could include: Passport, drivers licence, uni offer letter, accommodation contract, insurance docs, student loan docs, anything you think you might need access to. Keep them in a folder and lock them away safely when you get to halls.
  • Other documents — NHS medical card for easy registration with our on-campus doctor, Health Insurance for overseas students, Vaccination history, a few paper copies of your CV.
  • Passport photos — just in case you need them.
  • Clothes and shoes — your room has a large wardrobe and space under the bed where you can store stuff, but try not to bring too many things with you first term, you can always make a list of what you need for next term.
  • Bedding- we don’t provide bedding in halls other than the bed frame and mattress, so bring your duvets and pillows.
  • Towels
  • Toiletries — shower gel, shampoo, first aid kit, period products, contraception, deodorant, all important things you don’t want to realise you’ve forgotten on your first day.
  • Kitchen stuff- just bring what you personally need in terms of plates, cutlery etc.
  • Food — It can be really nice to get to know your flatmates over a meal in the first few days, so maybe bring some ingredients to make a big dinner for everyone; plus snacks.
  • Decorations for your room- Personalising your space can make it feel much more homely.

Don’t bring

  • Lots of kitchen stuff- You will be able to share all this stuff with your flatmates, so talk to them when you arrive so that your flat doesn’t end up with 5 woks.
  • Your whole bookshelf— trust us, you won’t have time to watch/read it all just bring your faves or a Kindle if you have one.
  • Your pet — tempting but not allowed!
  • Iron/ironing board — if you’re in halls, you will have one to share with your flatmates.
  • Candles/incense burners — These are a fire hazard and will set off your smoke alarm, leading to halls having to be evacuated.
  • Mains-powered fairy lights- you are only allowed battery-powered ones in halls.
  • Extension leads/blocks- For fire safety, these are not allowed in halls. There are plenty of plugs all around the rooms so don’t worry about not having enough. Remember everything electrical you bring will need to be PAT tested.
  • e-scooters/Segways

Contact us

If you need any more information about anything to bring to uni, please get in touch and we can help you out.

Course Enquiries Team
Course Enquiries Team

Course Enquiries are on hand via email, phone, WebChat and WhatsApp to answer any questions you have about coming to or applying to university.