What to pack

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As a student living in accommodation, there’s some important things that you will need to bring with you to University.

Packing advice

While you'll want to have your home comforts around you, it’s important to remember that storage space is limited.

Get an idea of what your accommodation will look like by selecting the halls you have been allocated to.

If you are an international student, read our dedicated packing advice.

We’ve partnered with Unikitout – the UK’s leading provider of student packs – who offer great value bedroom, bathroom and kitchen packs with all the right things to help you get settled in at university. Browse their packs and purchase online now. 

Be prepared

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What to pack for starting at the University of Surrey: advice from the Students' Union

Packing checklist

Packing the right things can be a challenge, so we've put together a handy packing checklist to get you started.

  • Confirmation email from pre-registration online (this can be showed on your phone)
  • Visa (if relevant to you)
  • BRP (Biometric Residence Permit) (if relevant to you)
  • ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) certificate (if relevant to you)
  • Accommodation confirmation (if you are living in University residences)
  • Additional Learning Support form (if applicable)
  • Passport for registration and/or driving license for ID
  • NHS medical card
  • National Insurance number
  • Bank statements (in case you want to open a student bank account)
  • P45 from your last job (to enable you to get a job while at Surrey)
  • Passport photos (can come in handy for signing up to clubs, etc).

  • Bed linen, blankets, duvets and pillows (or you can purchase a bedding pack for when you arrive at our online shop). Electric blankets are not allowed.
  • Personal items – photo frames, posters, etc.

  • Plates and bowls
  • Chopping board
  • Cutlery
  • Tea towels
  • Oven mitts
  • Cooking utensils (saucepans etc)
  • Crockery (plates, bowls, mugs etc)
  • Tin opener
  • Food storage containers
  • Cheese grater.

  • Bath towels and hand towels
  • Essential toiletries – soap, shampoo, shower gel, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste.

In addition to comfortable clothes and footwear for your days around campus, you may want to bring:

  • Fitness or sportswear
  • Smart clothes for interviews or going to work
  • Coats, jackets and jumpers for the winter months
  • Clothes hangers
  • Laundry basket
  • Laundry bag.

You can buy study materials (pens, calculator, notepads, etc) from a shop in town or Tesco Guildford, but you may want to bring your own. You might also want to start purchasing books from your reading list in advance.

  • Laptop/computer/tablet
  • Portable speakers
  • Cables (ethernet cable, multi-plug adapter, USB cables etc)
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Television*.

* If you bring a TV then by law you must also purchase a TV licence. There are also communal televisions in court receptions that are available for use.

What not to pack

  • Candles, joss sticks or use naked flames or ‘hookah’ pipes
  • E-scooters are prohibited on campus and it is also against the Conditions of Residence
  • Heaters, refrigerators or large electrical items
  • Weapons or replica weapons, including guns, air guns, swords, knives, etc.

Top tips

Clearly mark all your luggage with your name, court and room number.

Pack your things in containers that can be easily lifted.

Bring food with you or visit Tesco Guildford once you have unpacked.

Keep electronic devices (laptops etc.) and valuables separate to your other luggage and carry these with you to your room.

Discover more

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Accommodation guides
Guides for all the halls, including floor plans and video tours.
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Moving-in weekend
We will be welcoming thousands of new students to our campus from around the world, and you will be experiencing university life for the first time.