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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, check with your hall manager that it is the correct type of plug before you use it.
out more from the
University Safety Officer.
After you have enrolled, you can access email, the internet and software applications from University computers. All halls of residence rooms also have an
and there is a
wireless (Wi-Fi) connection
in nearly all areas of the University. Arrivals’ WiFi is a temporary service available before you have completed face-to-face enrolment. You can access the service when you first arrive at Brookes. If you need help with WiFi, please ask your hall
manager or visit the IT service desk in John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus.
If you are thinking of buying a computer here or have any questions, contact
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
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
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.