What to bring and what not to bring

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To bring or not to bring – that is the question. Fortunately, our current students have the answer…when we asked what advice they would give new starters one of the most common responses was “don’t over pack!”

So what should you bring? The best place to start is to double check what is included in your room already, depending whether you’re living on the Canterbury or Medway campus.

Once you’ve done that, here’s our list of key things to remember…

1. Your passport!
You will need this to register as a student so make sure you have your passport, your arrivals pass and parking permit ready to go. For Arrivals Week (and beyond) it can also be a good idea to have some other forms of ID too, so you’re not carrying round your passport.

Top tip: Once you’ve registered and collected your KentOne card, student ID, you (or a family member or generous friend!) can add credit to it online, then use it as a cashless card to purchase food, drink and other items from a variety of places around both Canterbury and Medway campuses.

2. Electronic essentials
Laptop, phone, tablet…check, don’t forget your chargers and your headphones too! Memory sticks and fans are rated high on most previous student’s lists as well. If you’re coming from overseas buy a high-quality international adapter, these are available to purchase at your college reception if needed.

3. Bedding
Don’t buy new bedding until you have accepted your accommodation offer and you know your exact room number.  Why? We have different size beds in different rooms on the Canterbury campus, so always check your bed size before you buy (Medway Liberty Quays accommodation – you have it easier, as all beds are 4 foot).

Top tip: Want to save space in the car? Bedding packs (and other necessities, including kitchen and bathroom packs) can be ordered from our partners UniKitOut who will deliver your order direct to campus for you to collect when you arrive.

4. Clothes
Bring some, but don’t go cramming your whole wardrobe in the car! It’s almost guaranteed you’ll be buying more now that you qualify for that lifesaving student discount card. Plus, to help keep your room clutter free, make sure you pack enough hangers for your wardrobe

5. Cooking utensils
If you live in part-catered accommodation you shouldn’t need anything beyond your basic crockery and cutlery, as kettles are provided and toasters aren’t allowed. If you’re going to live in self-catered accommodation we suggest just buying a set of crockery and cutlery for yourself, plus food storage containers and basic pots and pans to get you started. Holly Donkersloot, Psychology student, says, “bring coloured crockery so you don’t all get confused about whose everything is!”

Top tip: Leave buying any of the non-essential items you think you might need, such as blenders, baking trays, toastie makers etc, until you’ve met your housemates. Why double up when you can all take a bus to town in your first week, split the cost, and buy these items together?!

6. Stationery
The usual suspects from your college pencil case, pins for your noticeboard and white tack for your posters is a good start. Your school should let you know if you need any subject specific items.

7. Cleaning supplies
It’s your responsibility to clean up after yourself and collectively with your flat/house mates, so when you pop to the shops either before you arrive or with your housemates, pick up a few cleaning bits and bobs like washing up liquid, sponges, surface cleaner, bathroom cleaner and laundry detergent.

Top tip: Students who have just finished living in campus accommodation recommend a cleaning rota so tasks are shared equally and nobody is left doing all the work. Plus, as Jacob Xie, Marketing student advises, “be a good roommate and clean up after you use the kitchen.”

8. Decorations
As long as it doesn’t mark the furniture or walls (we suggest command strips) then you are welcome to decorate your room. So print pictures; bring your favourite books; posters; battery-powered fairy lights; pack of cards; and things that make it feel like home. Of course, there are some obvious (and less obvious) restricted items…

Restricted items

…on to the serious stuff. There are some items you should not bring to University, including:

  • Anything with a naked flame, such as candles, incense, joss sticks, oil burners, barbeques, lighters, or smoking paraphernalia.
  • Electronics must all be in good, safe working order. However, some items are completely banned, such as heating appliances like heated airers, cooling appliances like mini refrigerators or air conditioning units and multi-way cube adaptors.
  • No cars – we are very well connected via public transport and a heavily supplemented bus pass is available to purchase. You’re welcome to bring your bike, just make sure it is stored in University cycle sheds and not in your accommodation.
  • No pets
  • Finally, we know it sounds pretty obvious, but please do not bring any dangerous items such as flammable liquids, weapons (including replicas) or fireworks.

If you are in doubt about any item please get in touch with the Accommodation Team.

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