What you need to bring

The basics

Not sure where to start? Here are some basics you should bring with you:

Things for your room

  • A mattress cover, sheets, bed linen* and pillows. International students do not need to bring this as they will receive a free bed pack on arrival 
  • A laundry bag or basket
  • Posters, pictures, photos and items to decorate your room
  • Storage boxes
  • Your PC or laptop and possibly a printer
  • Your electronic gadgets**
  • Your headphones. These are a MUST when listening to loud music
  • Hairdryers, straighteners and razor.
  • Clothes - (If you're coming here from a country with a warm climate, remember to bring some warm clothes with you!)

* Please check what size bed your room has. Many of our rooms have small double beds which are 4ft X 6ft 3inches.

** For safety reasons, all electrical appliances in halls should have the CE (Conformité Européenee) safety mark.  Find out how to identify the safety mark.  

Things for your ensuite or communal bathroom

  • A toilet brush (these are not provided in en suite rooms but are provided in communal toilets)
  • A bath mat
  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet roll

Bring a supply to start with but afterwards, it might be a good idea to share the cost with your flatmates by having a communal kitty for things that you all use. Alternatively, you could buy online at Unibulkbuy.

Things for the kitchen

  • Crockery and cutlery
  • Saucepans and a frying pan. Please note that students who live at Peak Court and Princess Alice Court should bring pans that are compatible with induction hobs
  • A roasting tin
  • Measuring jug
  • Kitchen utensils like a cheese grater, tin opener and spatula, etc
  • Tea towels, oven gloves and dishcloths
  • Enough food and drink to keep you going until you've found the local supermarkets

If you're an international student, we'll supply you with a free kitchen pack with all the kitchen basics. 

Money and documents

  • Your bank card
  • Several passport-style photos
  • Car or motorbike documents if you're bringing a vehicle
  • Your personal ID, for example, your passport, birth certificate or driving licence
  • Your national insurance details if you're looking for part-time work
  • Details of your doctor and dentist, your NHS number and your medical card
  • Your Young Persons Railcard or Travelcard
  • Late applicants should bring their signed Letting Agreement and completed Payment Confirmation Form


  • A bicycle and a bike lock. Remember you can store your bicycle for free at our halls in the bike sheds provided.
  • A car or motorbike. Check your emails in July for a parking application form

Don't bring

  • TVs - There are no aerial points in bedrooms so it's best to watch TV through your computer instead so only bring a TV if it's for gaming
  • Kettles and toasters - Kettles and toasters are provided in all flats so there's no need to bring your own!
  • Forbidden items - For safety reasons, you're not allowed to bring deep fat fryers, chip pans, portable heaters, tumble dryers or sunbeds
bedding, towels, clothes hangers, pans, kitchen utensils and cutlery

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