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What to bring

When moving to University, you might be tempted to arrive with everything you can think of. Before doing that, check what's provided in your accommodation. It might save you a lot of space and money.

Below, we've put together a short checklist of some useful things you might want to bring with you during your time here:


  • Fridges and freezers
  • Ovens and hobs
  • Sinks
  • Kettle, Toaster, Microwave
  • Tables and chairs
  • Ironing Board
  • Waste and recycling bins
  • Cupboard and shelving


  • Bed and mattress
  • Bedding (pillow, duvey, duvet cover, sheets, pillowcases, mattress cover)
  • Pin Board
  • Curtains
  • Desk and study chair
  • Mirror
  • Bedside cabinet, wardrobe, shelves

If you have an ensuite, you will also have:

  • A shower and/or bath
  • Toilet
  • Sink
  • Mirror
  • Storage
    • Photo ID and other important documents e.g. ​your visa, student finance details. If you’re planning to find a part-time job during your studies, you’ll most likely need your passport or a copy of your UK birth certificate and an official document containing your National Insurance number as part of the application process
    • Money - It usually takes three to five working days for your loan to reach your bank account. It’s a good idea to bring some money with you to cover the first few days
    • Stationery - Pens, pencils, notepads
    • Extension leads and adapters (International Students)
    • Towel
    • Bath mat if you have an ensuite
    • Flip flops/wash bag for communal bathrooms
    • Toilet roll and cleaning products
    • Washing powder and fabric softener
    • Laundry bag
    • Clothes hangers
    • Kitchenware - you'll probably be able to share some items with your housemates but we recommend bringing basics such as a pan or wok. If you are in Cryfield you will need induction pans.
    • Chopping board
    • Cutlery
    • Cooking utensils – wooden spoon etc.
    • Tin opener
    • Baking tray
    • Sieve or colander
    • Peeler/cheese grater/measuring jug
    • Tin foil
    • Food storage containers
    • Mugs, glasses, cutlery, plates, bowls
    • Tea towel/kitchen roll/washing up liquid
    • Sponges/cloths
    • Food to see you through the first few days
    • Iron
    • Check if there is any department specific specialist kit e.g. lab coat
    • IT equipment and chargers- you don't have to bring a computer to campus as there are plenty of computer rooms for students, but you may want to bring PC, laptop or tablet for use in your bedroom. As a Warwick student, you can download a free version of Microsoft office for your device
    • Hot water bottle
    • Warm winter clothes
    • Sewing kit and first aid kit
    • Something to personalise your room and make it feel like home e.g. photos, decorations
    • Playing cards or board game
    • Sports kit, instruments and anything for your hobbies - University is a great time to try something new or to get involved with clubs and societies of interest. Warwick has over 300 so we are sure you'll find something to enjoy
    • Fancy dress gear

    Banned items:

    • Portable heaters, fans, heated drying racks
    • Electrical appliances requiring more than 500 watts
    • Pets or animals (except approved assistance animals)
    • Anything that could be classed as an offensive weapon
    • Candles, burners and fairy lights
    Top Tips:
    • You may not be able to fit everything in that you want to bring so think carefully about what you pack – remember, you’ll need to carry it all to your room!
    • If you arrive and realise you have forgotten something, there are plenty of shops nearby where you can purchase essentials, but access to campus with vehicles on arrivals weekend will be restricted. You may also be able to share items with your flatmates
    • Think carefully about the amount of clothing you bring, you might only do one clothes wash a week

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