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What to bring with you

Packing for university can be a bit of a daunting task, particularly if you’re leaving home for the first time. The trick is to not to bring too much and to remember that, if you forget something, you can always replace it here or get it sent on afterwards.

What to bring with you

You’ll need to bring some clothes and personal belongings, of course. You might like to bring a few choice items like photos as well, to make your room feel more like home.

It’s also a good idea to bring:

  • your bank account details and cash card
  • ID such as your passport or driving licence
  • your National Insurance Number if you want to look for a part-time job
  • bedding – sheets, pillows, pillowcases, duvet and duvet cover (or you could buy a bedding starter pack from Student Room Packs and have it delivered to your room before you arrive
  • towels
  • coat hangers
  • crockery – a couple of plates, bowls, mugs and glasses
  • cutlery
  • tea towels
  • toiletries – shampoo, conditioner, soap, shower gel etc (international students: please read advice from the UK government about restricted items)
  • basic food provisions until you do your first shop (international students: see the UK government guidance about bringing food into the UK).

What you could buy as a group

If you’re moving into a shared flat or house, it may be sensible to wait to buy certain things as a group when you get here, so you don’t end up with lots of the same item.

You could club together to buy things like:

  • pots and pans – a frying pan and saucepans in different sizes
  • cleaning products – like scrubbing brushes, cleaning cloths, kitchen paper, pads, gloves, surface cleaners, bin liners, washing powder and fabric softener
  • toilet rolls – large packs are cheaper per roll
  • cooking utensils – a tin opener, corkscrew, sieve, vegetable peeler, spatula, kitchen knife and chopping board
  • foil, cling film and plastic food storage containers
  • iron and a toaster (you won’t need to buy a kettle as there’ll be one in your kitchen).

Prefer to make life easier?

Order a Student Room Pack of kitchen and cleaning resources and have it delivered to your room.

Electrical appliances

If you’re bringing any electrical appliances, it’s important they:

  • conform to British standards
  • can be used with 240V electrical supply
  • come with a portable appliance test certificate if the item’s not brand new.

We discourage using adaptors because they can cause a fire risk.

What’s already included in your accommodation?

You’ll find a list of what’s in your room and communal areas on the page for your accommodation. View all accommodation options.

Any questions?

Get in touch with our accommodation team.

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