Know what to bring and what NOT to bring.

Check what's provided in your accommodation. If you're going to be living on campus see the list below, or ask your landlord if you're renting privately

All University kitchens contain:

  • fridges and freezers
  • ovens and hobs
  • sinks
  • kettles or water boilers
  • microwaves
  • toasters
  • tables and chairs
  • cupboards
  • waste and recycling bins
  • cleaning equipment, eg a mop and bucket and a vacuum cleaner

All University bedrooms contain:

  • a bed and mattress, with a mattress cover. Beds in Constantine College and Langwith College are 3/4 size, all other colleges have standard single beds.
  • desk and chair
  • desk lighting
  • wardrobe/storage
  • shelving
  • noticeboard
  • curtains or blinds
  • bin
  • a wash basin and mirror (unless you have an ensuite)

If you have an ensuite, you will also have:

  • a shower and/or bath
  • toilet
  • sink
  • a mirror
  • storage/hooks

Please note:

  • Communal bathrooms will include toilet paper, but if you have an en suite you'll need to bring your own.
  • If you bring an extension cord, remember to bring it to your college's Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) session at the start of the academic year.

What to bring in your hand luggage

You should bring all your supporting documents in your hand luggage or saved to your phone, tablet or laptop in case you are asked to produce them:

  • your passport, with visa vignette or other UK entry clearance
  • the letter that accompanied your visa 
    • if you're a EU/EEA/Swiss national you may not have a visa in your passport. In this case bring the entry clearance letter that you received by email
  • your University of York offer letter and/or UCAS confirmation slip
  • your University of York accommodation confirmation email
  • IELTS (or equivalent) certificates
  • originals (or certified true copies) of any degree certificates or technical qualifications
  • documentary evidence that you have enough money to pay your tuition fees and accommodate yourself while you’re in the UK (recent bank statements, proof of scholarship or official financial sponsor letter)
  • any relevant medical certificates showing recent vaccinations
  • chest X-ray report for TB screening (if you need to be screened - see UKVI information about tuberculosis tests for visa applicants)
  • medication for ongoing conditions (ensure you also bring a doctor’s letter as well as the medication’s original packaging)
  • your plane ticket (or ticket for your ferry or train)
  • translations of documents as needed.

Make sure you have the original documents kept safely. Do not put them in your suitcase - keep them with you in your hand luggage.

You will need to present the following at a port of entry:

  • your passport 
  • a national identity card (only if you already have pre-settled or settled status)

You may not be asked to present it, but it could be useful to have your EU Settlement Scheme decision letter printed or on your phone, if you have received one.

You may need to obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in your country of residence before travelling to the UK, such as if you are studying in the UK for six months or less. Please see our webpages on Healthcare for international students for more information. 

What not to bring

Don't bring lots of personal belongings. There may be restrictions on the amount of luggage you can bring when travelling to the UK. If you're using our Manchester Airport collection service, you are advised not to bring more than two suitcases and one piece of hand luggage.

Storage space in university accommodation is also limited.

See below about sending luggage in advance.

It is not recommended you bring kitchen appliances such as kettles, toasters or rice cookers. If you're living on campus, you are not permitted to use these in your bedroom. See the list at the top of the page for appliances supplied in campus accommodation or, if you're living off-campus, check what your landlord provides.

If you want a rice cooker, we encourage you to buy electrical appliances when you're in the UK to make sure they're compatible with our electric sockets. Appliances purchased outside the EU may not be safe to use in the UK because of the higher voltage supply in the UK (230/240V, 50Hz). In the UK, electrical sockets have three rectangular holes for three rectangular plug prongs.

All electrical equipment needs to be safety tested - your college will arrange a testing session when you arrive.

If you’re travelling from a country in the EU you can currently bring any fresh foodstuffs - fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy or other animal products (eg fish, eggs and honey) - as well as plants into the UK.

Controls on plants and plant products will be phased in in 2021, so please check the government guidelines on personal food, plant and animal product imports before you arrive for the most up to date guidance. 

When travelling from outside the EU, there are strict rules about bringing food products, plants and plant products back into the UK for your own personal consumption or use. See government guidelines on personal food, plant and animal product imports.

Don't bring anything that could be a fire hazard, eg candles or oil burners. If you're in campus accommodation, don't bring mains operated fairy lights, though battery operated lights are okay. You'll be told more about fire regulations during your college induction.

You cannot smoke in campus accommodation. If you're in private sector accommodation, check your contract.

Sticking posters on your walls can leave marks or even remove the paint, and you could be charged if the room needs redecorating when you move out. If you live on campus, use the noticeboard in your room for your pictures and posters.

Do not bring anything which could be classed as an offensive weapon, even if it is ornamental.

Sending luggage in advance

If you are unable to bring all your personal items in your luggage, make sure your belongings arrive after you have checked into your accommodation as there is no space for storing luggage at the University.

If you need to freight or store your belongings, local companies can help: