Try not to overpack if you're moving into University accommodation. You might be tempted to arrive with everything you can think of, but housemates often buy larger things together. This helps save space in the communal areas.

When you move in, you will be the only person allowed to enter the building. It's important to make sure you can carry all of your belongings on your own.

Some useful things to bring with you include:

  • a tin opener
  • a frying pan
  • a saucepan
  • crockery
  • cutlery
  • cooking utensils (like a spatula, wooden spoon and sieve)
  • cling film
  • tin foil
  • freezer bags
  • food storage containers
  • oven gloves
  • tea towels
  • dishcloths
  • hand and bath towels
  • coat hangers
  • a laundry basket
  • a toothbrush and toothbrush holder
  • a wash bag for toiletries
  • pins for your noticeboard

Bedding and linen

Bedding and linen is not supplied in your accommodation. Before you arrive you'll need to decide if you are going to:

  • bring your own bedding and/or linen
  • buy bedding and/or linen from our online store
  • borrow bedding and/or linen from our accommodation operations team.

Linen exchange

If you're using our linen, you can swap it for a clean set every Wednesday between 10 am and 1.30pm.

You will find trolleys for dirty linen and a supply of clean linen in:

  • Polden, Westwood, Polden Court and Brendon Court - on the ground floor of each block in Polden
  • Eastwood, Marlborough and Solsbury Court - in the Marlborough office
  • Woodland Court - in the linen store in the courtyard
  • The Quads - at the linen store in the courtyard

There is no regular linen exchange service for city accommodation, but you can email to organise getting clean items.


If you're moving to the UK from overseas, the weather may be colder and wetter than you are used to at home. Remember to bring warm clothing, like coats and jumpers, as well as waterproof jackets and practical footwear.

TV licences

Televisions supplied in University-owned accommodation are covered by a TV licence.

If you want to watch, record or download TV content using your own device, check here to see if you need to buy your own licence.