What to bring

Here's a helpful list of what to bring with you. Our accommodation team will email you with more information after you've applied for accommodation.

What to bring with you

If you're a new international student at Bath Spa, you may be wondering what to bring with you when you first arrive. This list contains some important items that you might have forgotten.

Travel adapters

While you can purchase travel adapters in the UK, it's a good idea to buy them in your home country so you can charge everything when you arrive. We'd recommend bringing several so you can charge your laptop, phone and toothbrush all at the same time!

Traditional items

It's a good idea to bring some traditional sweets, games, or other items from your country. This can be a good way to start conversations and make new friends during your first week.

Photos and mementos

Do bring some photos or mementos of your family and friends. Most rooms will have a noticeboard where you can pin these up, and they'll help you with homesickness.

Remember that our Student Support team are always on-hand to offer free mental and emotional support if you experience any difficulties.


If you're taking regular prescribed medication, please check if the name of your medication will be the same in the UK. This is because some medicines may have a different name in the UK, and some medications may not be available at all. Please check with your doctor before arriving here.

You should be able to order most medications once you're in the UK. If you need a refrigerator to store your medication, please check our Access Needs pages for more information on how to arrange this with our accommodation team.

We'll tell you all about the National Health Service (NHS) and what's available to you as a student when you arrive. You can also register with a doctor online before you arrive.

UK currency and cash

Do bring some UK currency in cash with you. While you can use ATMs to withdraw money from most bank cards in the UK, we advise that you bring about £50–£100 in cash for any immediate expenses or emergencies.

We do have a Santander bank ATM at Newton Park campus, but because many students will be withdrawing cash that day, it may run out of notes, so please bring your own cash.

If you need to withdraw large sums of money to pay for your tuition fee or accommodation, please refer to our Finance pages for more information on how you can pay.

Bedding packs and cutlery

You won't have a bedding pack in your room, but we advise that you don't bring bedding sets and cutlery with you due to limited luggage space.

You can purchase bedding and cutlery packs from our partners UniKitOut before you arrive. There are also many shops in Bath that offer special deals. You can ask for directions when you arrive. 

Still have questions?

Contact us today if you have any questions about life at Bath Spa as an international student and we'll be happy to help.

Email: international@bathspa.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1225 875777

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