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Students often bring a large amount of luggage and can find it difficult to transport their belongings. The airport bus can limit the amount of luggage you can bring so think carefully about whether you need to bring everything you are planning to.
British electrical voltage is 240 volts and electrical equipment has a three-pin plug. The voltage and plugs will be different in your country. You may prefer to buy electrical equipment here after you arrive because if you bring your own goods they could be damaged or become unsafe. Basic hair dryers, for example, cost about £15-£20. If you need to use an adaptor plug for any of your electrical goods and you can buy these from Accommodation for £5.
Find out more from the University Safety Officer.
In halls of residence, the furniture is provided but you will need your own pillows, quilts, towels, sheets and quilt covers and dishes and cooking tools. Bedding and kitchen packs can be pre-ordered from your home country via UniKitOut and delivered to your door. You can also buy these products locally when you arrive, in the Oxford City centre. Shops such as Primark, Argos, M&S, Debenhams and Poundland stock household goods. You can order them before you arrive and go and collect them once you are here. In Cowley centre, shops such as Matalan, Wilko, B&M, Asda Living or TK Maxx will sell these things. You can see examples of what you can buy in the UK from Argos. You can also buy used goods in charity shops close to Brookes or from websites such as Gumtree or Daily Info.
A set of plain dishes, plates and cups for four people can cost about £15; a set of basic saucepans costs £15–£20.
You can find further information about accommodation on our accommodation page.
You can use Brookes WiFi or Eduroam in nearly all areas of the campus. All halls of residence rooms also have an internet connection. If you need help with WiFi, please ask your hall manager or visit the IT service desk in John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus.After you have enrolled, you can access email, the internet and software applications from University computers.
If you are thinking of buying a computer here or have any questions, contact IT Services.
We recommend that you put labels with your name and the full address of your hall, including your room number on the inside and outside of your luggage. The Airline coach allows 2 suitcases at up to 20kg each.
There are strict customs rules about bringing goods into the UK. If you bring things that are not allowed, such as drugs, weapons, animals and plants, you may have to pay a fine or be put in prison. There are also rules about bringing cash into the UK. You will go through customs checks when arriving in the UK.
When travelling by plane, you cannot pack sharp objects or liquids in your hand luggage as airport security staff may remove them so pack them in your luggage to go in the hold. Ask your airline if there are any other restrictions.
Make sure you pack these documents in your hand luggage:
If you have more luggage than you can carry, you can send your things by sea or air. We recommend you check at least three companies for the best prices and service.
Pack everything carefully so that it does not break, and insure them. Address them to your room number at your hall or to your full Oxford address. Do not just put ‘Oxford Brookes University’, because it may get lost.
Check when your luggage will arrive to decide so you can plan what to bring yourself. Brookes cannot accept delivery of your things before you arrive. Fill in all the customs forms saying what is in your luggage and that they are ‘personal effects, part of a temporary move to the UK as an international student’. The customs officers can open your luggage, but if you give full details on the forms, they may not.
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