Before You Pack
Before you pack, consider the following…
- What are you allowed to bring into the UK? Certain items are prohibited by law. Others may be limited to ‘checked-in luggage only’, so be sure to know the details before setting out.
- Check your luggage allowance. You will need to pay a surcharge if you luggage exceeds your allowed allowance. Your flight ticket should give you the figures or you can call airline help desk to get more information. Remember, heavy items such as winter clothes, kitchen items can all be purchased easily and cheaply after you arrive.
- Check the compatibility of any electrical equipment with UK standards you wish to bring with you. i.e. 240 volts, 50 cycles (50Hz), three pin (square) pin plugs. You may need to purchase an adapter.
- Make a checklist for a list of things you need to keep with you when you travel to the UK.
- If you are staying in furnished accommodation you do not need to bring bedding – you will be provided with a free bedding pack. This includes a single duvet, pillow, single sheet and duvet cover.
- Make sure your luggage is strong, secure and labelled with your name and destination on it. It will be your responsibility to carry the luggage, and if necessary, to load your luggage onto any transport – therefore, make sure you are able to carry any bags you take with you.
How much money you should carry
- Bring sufficient funds to cover the cost of your fees and accommodation. Where possible, the tuition fees should be paid in advance in order to take the advantage of discounts, to ease immigration and for safety reasons. If you plan to pay upon arrival, you should do so in the form of banker’s draft.
- Travelers cheques are a good alternative to carrying money, as they can be converted into cash anytime when you need it. Unlike a personal cheque, you don’t need to have a UK bank account in order to use them. If they are lost or stolen, you can also apply to get them replaced.
- You should bring a small amount of British pounds with you for your day to day expenses until you have opened a bank account. As an estimate an amount of £800- £1000 should be sufficient to cover the expenses excluding accommodation for the first few weeks in the UK.