What to bring

You can buy everything you need in London but it is cheaper to bring what you can with you.

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Coming from the UK

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

Essentials

  • Clothes – remember you will be here until December so bring some warm things
  • 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 driving license (if you have one)

What you will need but can 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

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 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 so only pack essential personal items.

What to pack

  • Clothing: British weather is often unpredictable – average temperatures range from 3°C in the winter to 27°C in the summer and it rains in every season, so consider this when packing.
  • Toiletries: Bring enough to get you through your first few days in London.
  • 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 (British pounds) to use ahead of setting up a UK bank account. It might be safer to bring this on a prepaid credit card from your home country which enables you convert any funds to British pounds (GBP).
  • 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
  • Your national ID card (if your home country issues them)
  • Things to remind you of home

What you can buy in London

  • Bedding: Sheets, duvets/blankets, pillows.
  • Kitchenware: Cutlery and plates, pans, a 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.

Amazon lockers are available on campus next to the Library for deliveries from amazon.co.uk

What is provided in Goldsmiths accommodation

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

You can order essential items online to be delivered to your room through UniKitOut, Click2Campus or other online stores.

unikitout.com
click2campus.com

Books

We advise you not to buy textbooks before 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.