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What to bring

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You can buy everything you need in London but it is nice (and cheaper) to bring what you can with you

Coming from the UK

If you are travelling by car, train, coach you'll be able to bring more than students flying into the country.

Essentials

  • Clothes – remember you will be here until December so bring some warm things
  • Personal toiletries – bring enough to get you through your first few weeks
  • Electronics – laptop, phone, chargers
  • Originals and photocopies of all required documentation
  • Prescription medicines
  • Photo ID - passport and driver's license (if you have one)
  • Make your accommodation homely by bringing a few creature comforts.

What you will need but could buy locally

  • Bedding – sheets, duvets, pillows
  • Kitchenware – cutlery and plates, pans
  • Cleaning products – washing up liquid, sponges, wipes
  • Stationery – all the pens and writing paper you’ll need
  • Food – a few favourites to get you through your first week

What is provided in Goldsmiths accommodation

The communal kitchen of Goldsmiths-managed accommodation is equipped with cookers, refrigerators, freezers, kettles, microwave ovens, irons and ironing boards. All student bedrooms are furnished with a bed, a desk, a wardrobe, drawers and a study chair. The university does not provide small electrical items such as bedside lamps, however some rooms have built-in lights above their desks.

You can order essential items online to be delivered to your room through Click2campus.com

Books

We advise you not to buy textbooks in advance. Many required texts are available in the university library or in digital formats.

Local shopping

There are a variety of shops within walking distance from Goldsmiths. See our local shopping guide.

Coming from outside of the UK

You can buy almost everything you will need in London when you arrive here so you should concentrate on packing essential personal items.

What to bring

  • Clothes – the temperature is likely to be around 20°c when you arrive but could fall below 0°c by December so consider this when packing. British weather is notoriously unpredictable so bring layers to keep warm and a waterproof jacket to stay dry
  • Personal toiletries – bring enough to get you through your first few weeks
  • Electronics – laptop, phone, chargers, UK travel adapter. Differences in power ratings between countries could mean that some of your equipment may not work properly in the UK
  • Cash – You should bring about £500 in UK currency (Sterling) to use before you have set up a UK bank account. Make sure some of this is in £10 and £20 notes
  • Originals and photocopies of all required documentation – academic and immigration/visa
  • Prescription medicines - these should be accompanied by a letter from your doctor if stored in unlabelled containers
  • A dual language dictionary
  • Your driving licence (if you have one)
  • Your passport
  • A couple things that will remind you of home - photos, cuddly toys

What you can buy in London

  • Bedding – sheets, duvets, pillows
  • Kitchenware – cutlery and plates, pans, rice cooker
  • Cleaning products – washing up liquid, sponges, wipes
  • Stationery – all the pens and writing paper you’ll need
  • Food – many international cuisines are catered for in local shops

You can buy all these in shops near to Goldsmiths. See our local shopping guide.

What is provided in Goldsmiths accommodation

The communal kitchen of Goldsmiths-managed accommodation is equipped with cookers, refrigerators, freezers, kettles, microwave ovens, irons and ironing boards. All student bedrooms are furnished with a bed, a desk, a wardrobe, drawers and a study chair. The university does not provide small electrical items such as bedside lamps, however some rooms have built-in lights above their desks.

You can order essential items online to be delivered to your room through Click2campus.com.

Books

We advise you not to buy textbooks in advance of arriving in the UK. Many required texts are available in the university library or in digital formats. If you do need to buy any texts it may be cheaper and easier to buy them after you’ve arrived in the UK.

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