What to Bring

Please remember this is a guide to pretty much everything! Do not feel that you have to bring it all. You will find you will be able to beg and borrow things from your flatmates when you get here but it’s always nice to lend things out as well!

Documents [Top]

  • Cheque Book, Bank Card, Wallet/Purse
  • Passport photos
  • Passport or driving licence
  • NHS number
  • National Insurance number
  • Tax Reference
  • TV Licence(If you intend on bringing a TV)
  • CV and references
  • Discount travel cards
  • Bank account details
  • Address book and email contacts list
  • Old textbooks and notes
  • List of phone numbers
  • Support notification form (for student loan)
  • Diary or calendar
  • Doctor and dentist details
  • Other university documents (accommodation / course details)
  • Room insurance

Kitchen [Top]

Due to Bill Mo being Self-catered you may find that everybody brings the same sorts of things. But some definite individual things to bring are:

  • Knives, forks and spoons
  • Plates
  • Bowls – for breakfast, soup, ice cream etc
  • Small frying or omelette pan
  • 1 small, 1 large saucepan with lids
  • Mug/Cups
  • Glasses

The following is optional, you can easily buy them in town once you’ve settled in, but if you can’t live without them you should bring them with you.

  • Corkscrew
  • Bottle opener
  • Wine glasses
  • Shot glasses
  • Egg cup
  • Tin opener
  • Scissors
  • Chopping knife
  • Chopping board – An extra chopping board if you are cutting meat: this way you avoid food poisoning!!
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Cheese grater
  • Bread knife
  • Wooden spoon
  • Spatula – good for a washing up implement.
  • Potato Masher (only if you are a fan of mash tho!)
  • Tea towels
  • Oven gloves
  • Washing-up stuff – Washing-up liquid / Dishcloth / Scrubbing brush
  • Tray – For carrying food to your room etc
  • Chopsticks
  • Sieve

Food [Top]

We’d advise you to bring mainly store cupboard ingredients with you initially; nothing that will perish too
quickly as fridge space might be tight! You can always go shopping with your new flatmates once you get

  • Easy to follow recipe book
  • Store cupboard ingredients – coffee, tea, milk, sugar, eggs, margarine, cooking oil, salt and pepper – and let’s not forget pasta, pasta sauces, rice etc
  • Sandwich bags
  • Tupperware!!
  • Microwaveable bowl
  • Cling film
  • Tin foil

Studying [Top]

  • Notice board – for timetables, phone numbers, etc.
  • Diary/planner – to keep track of workload/socials/deadlines
  • Dictionary and thesaurus
  • A pad of lined paper
  • Ream of printing paper
  • A4 folders
  • Pens, pencils, paper, files, highlighters
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape
  • Stapler, hole punch
  • Sticky labels
  • Post-it notes
  • Paper clips
  • Blue Tac
  • Stamps and envelopes

Outdoor [Top]

  • Sports gear
  • Bike – if that’s how you choose to live your life
  • Raincoat
  • Umbrella Healthcare
  • Multivitamins
  • Painkillers
  • Condoms/pill
  • Basic first aid kit – plasters, antiseptic wipes, bandages
  • Paracetamol
  • Some cold/flu remedy incase you are struck down by freshers’ flu – you probably will be
  • Pro-Plus – your new best friend come coursework time
  • Anti-allergy pills – eg. Piriton anti-allergy tablets

Bathroom/Hygiene [Top]

  • Bath and hand towels
  • Everybody loves a good flannel
  • Basket for shower supplies
  • Wash bag
  • Box of tissues
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Soap – squeezy (bottle) soap is probably better. If you’re sharing bathrooms then it’s easier to transport and won’t slip onto the floor etc.
  • Shower Gel
  • Shampoo / Conditioner
  • Nail clippers
  • Deodorant
  • Cologne
  • Hair gel
  • Hair spray
  • Hairbrush
  • Comb
  • Razor
  • Shaving cream/gel
  • Lip balm

Housekeeping [Top]

  • Febreeze – To stop clothes / fabric getting to smelly
  • Laundry bag – So your dirty clothes don’t end up on the floor. And for dragging to the laundry or dumping on your parents to wash for you!
  • Clothes horse – Save money on dryers by drying your clothes in your room
  • Coat hangers
  • Kitchen towel
  • Washing powder/liquid/tablets
  • Door wedge – an open door in freshers week is much more friendly (you can use pretty much anything)

Electrical [Top]

  • Alarm clock (maybe 2 in two different locations in your room to make sure lectures are at least attempted, even if you carry on sleeping there!)
  • Calculator – for sorting out finances
  • Computer and/or laptop – saves on queues at deadline time
  • Computer mouse for laptop – easier to use than a trackpad
  • CDR’s for backing up work
  • USB “pen drive” – carrying projects etc between uni, internet cafe, friends comp, etc. quickly, easily and RELIABLY!
  • Printer – Printing on campus requires print credits but, although reasonable, having your own is much more convenient.
  • Network Cable for connecting to the interweb!!
  • Bedside lamp
  • Mobile and charger
  • CD player/Hi-Fi system – though better (certainly space wise) just to bring speakers and use your computer
  • TV – You DO require your own licence though. The University is currently trialling “Freewire”, a service allowing you to watch freeview channels through your Computer. It really is up to you, but if you’re bringing a PS2/Xbox etc with you’ll need a tv and a license. You can always consider a TV/DVD combi.
  • Camera – to take pictures of room and friends, (and no doubt your grinning self in Facebook
  • poses) to send home/put on website … everything else people do with photos
  • Headphones – so you don’t disturb others when you play music loud.
  • Ipod/MP3 player
  • Batteries – rechargeable (save money)
  • Extension lLead – to give you more than the normal 2/4 sockets (bringing a couple of these is a good idea – you’re NOT allowed multiplugs though (ie small cubes directly plugging into the socket)

Clothing [Top]

Bring whatever clothes you think you will need, the obvious are listed

  • Dressing gown
  • Slippers
  • T-shirts
  • Jumpers
  • Trowsers
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Shoes
  • Trainers
  • Flip flops – for wearing in showers / communal wash areas
  • Swimwear
  • Ball gowns/eveningwear – for the Freshers’ Ball. And high table events
  • Shirt and tie for any smart-casual events

Furnishings [Top]

  • Posters – There is a poster sale at the union a lot during freshers week so you can get new ones there instead of wrecking your faves from back home
  • Photos of family and friends
  • Rugs – to hide the mangy carpet
  • Cushions/beanbags – for friends to sit down in your room
  • A throw – to make your bed into a sofa for friends to sit on
  • Pot plants
  • Teddy bear/stuffed toys
  • Blankets – if you get a cold
  • Bedding
  • Sheets
  • Duvet and duvet covers
  • Pillows & pillow cases – did you know the average used pillow is 75% dead flesh?
  • Mattress cover – goes between the mattress and the bottom sheet
  • Hot water bottle

Other Stuff (Mostly Optional) [Top]

  • Pack of cards
  • Ball – rugby ball/football for friendly matches/made up games
  • Frisbee – again for the occasional game (rugby style)
  • Sleeping bag – for when friends come to stay/when you go to stay
  • Sweets or biscuits – to distribute to flatmates
  • Extra storage – cardboard or plastic boxes for things which won’t fit anywhere else
  • Large suitcase – to put things in when going home for the weekend
  • Torch – for power cuts and looking under desks/chairs/beds
  • Loose change – for washing / vending machines
  • Earplugs – to cut out noise you don’t want to hear (flatmates “extra-curricular activities” especially)
  • Bookends – probably unecessary; just use something else (eg pot of pasta, sugar etc)
  • Safety pins
  • Small sewing kit – just incase you need to do a quik fix on a rip or tear (like the ones you get in hotels)
  • Small toolkit

Female Specific Items [Top]

  • Hair Ties/clips
  • Make up
  • Lip Gloss
  • Jewellery Box
  • Jewellery
  • Moisturiser
  • Baby Oil
  • Nail Varnish
  • Hair removing cream
  • Hair dryer / straightners

Male Specific Items [Top]

  • Razor
  • Shaving Foam/Gel
  • Condoms. Be responsible now

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