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.

For students living in our accommodation, Bath Spa University provides basic furnishings and goods for your bedroom, kitchen and bathroom including a bed, desk, chairs, mirrors, white goods, towel rails and waste bins. 

Below you'll find a helpful list of items that you might like to bring with you, things you should leave behind, and additional information for incoming international students.

Things to bring for your bedroom

  • Pillow and duvet
  • Bedding (sheets, pillow cases and duvet cover)
  • Blanket
  • Clock
  • Coat hangers
  • Photos or posters to decorate your notice board
  • Drawing pins for notice board
  • Laundry basket
  • Hot water bottle
  • Stationery and study materials

Useful kitchen items

  • Crockery (plates, bowls, mugs and glasses)
  • Cutlery
  • Cooking utensils (wooden spoon, chopping board, colander, baking tray, sieve, chopping knives, cheese grater, scissors and vegetable peeler)
  • Useful items (tin opener, bottle opener)
  • Pots and pans
  • Oven proof and microwaveable dishes
  • Airtight food containers
  • Tea towels
  • Iron
  • Cleaning products
  • Refillable water bottle

Things for your bathroom

  • Towels
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc)
  • Toilet rolls
  • Cleaning products

Advice for international students

The Home Office requires you to carry certain documents in paper form (not on an electronic tablet or mobile phone) so that you’re ready to present them on arrival into the UK. You should be prepared to answer a few simple questions from the Border Officer.

There are certain documents we advise you carry with you in your hand luggage. There are also items we think you'll find useful to include in your checked luggage.

It's strongly advised that you have face masks with you for your journey.

Important items to include in your hand luggage

Key documents to carry in paper form include:

  • Passport
  • Your visa decision email or letter
  • Offer of place from Bath Spa University
  • Your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS)
  • The original academic qualifications as listed in the evidence text box of your CAS
  • Evidence of your finances
  • Details of where you're going to stay
  • UK currency and about £100 in cash for immediate expenses or emergencies.

Additionally, you'll need:

  • Proof of your negative COVID-19 test result, taken within three days of arrival
  • Proof that you've completed your passenger locator form.

You'll also need, if applicable:

  • The original English language qualification the University has used to assess your English; this will also be listed in the evidence text box of your CAS
  • Your TB certificate.

Items to put in your checked luggage

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.

Face masks

  • You'll often need to wear a face mask depending on where you're going. We suggest that you pack several reusable masks that you're comfortable wearing and have one handy with you at all times. 
  • The Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded and enclosed areas where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet, such as public transport.

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

  • 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 to feel more at home.
  • Remember that our Student Wellbeing Services are always on hand to offer free mental and emotional support if you experience any difficulties.

Medication

  • 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 page for more information on how to arrange this with our Accommodation team.

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 you can purchase these from.

Safety precautions

Important things to consider when packing:

  • Bring one or several face masks that you're comfortable wearing during your journey
  • If you're bringing valuables, store these safely in your hand luggage
  • Label all your bags with your name, Bath Spa University and your new accommodation address (both inside and out)
  • It's also a good idea to include some spare personal items in your hand luggage in case your checked luggage becomes temporarily lost.

What not to bring

There are a number of items that we do not allow in halls of residence, so please leave these at home.

  • Deep fat fryers
  • Chip pans
  • Candles and incense sticks
  • Barbeques
  • Electric or paraffin heaters
  • Any electrical items without the CE mark
  • Adapters bought overseas without CE mark
  • Drones
  • Cars (you are not permitted to bring a car to campus if living in halls)

Still have questions?

Further info about accommodation is also available on our FAQ page.

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