You must not bring certain items, like irons or kettles, to University accommodation because of our health, safety and fire guidance. We provide these and other electrical appliances and make sure they meet the latest safety standards.

You are not allowed to bring your own:

  • iron
  • kettle
  • toaster
  • deep-fat fryer
  • microwave oven
  • fridge
  • freezer
  • washing machine
  • tumble dryer
  • dishwasher
  • gas appliance
  • space heater
  • paraffin heater or oil heater
  • portable fan heater
  • electric fire
  • electric blanket
  • 13-amp socket adapter plugs
  • barbecue
  • flammable liquids and accelerants
  • candles, fairy lights and lighting (except free-standing desk lamps)
  • meat and dairy products from outside the European Union


Rice cookers

You can bring a rice cooker to use in the kitchen, but only if it conforms to the appropriate British Standard and has been purchased inside the European Union.


If you need to store refrigerated medicines in your room, you must complete and return the additional requirements accommodation form and provide supporting medical evidence.

We will then organise for a small fridge to be in your room for when you arrive.

Safety of electrical items

You are responsible for making sure that any portable electrical appliance you bring with you is safe and operable.

All plugs must be fused. All equipment must conform to appropriate British Standards and have the CE mark.

European plugs and adapters must also conform to appropriate British Standards.

We can test your electrical items for a small charge. You can arrange this with our accommodation operations team when you arrive.

If an item fails the Portable Appliance Test (PAT), you will need to remove it from your accommodation.