In terms of clothing, dress code at the University isn’t formal but you’ll need some smart outfits for placements, interviews and other formal events. You may have heard the weather in Plymouth can be pretty inclement, so come prepared. For your room, you’ll need bed sheets, pillowcases, pillows, a duvet, blankets for extra warmth and your own towels (though international short stay students will be provided with towels and linen). You don’t need to provide a mattress protector - that’ll already be there. Other useful items to bring might include:
We’ll provide all the main fixings such as a fridge/freezer, oven and microwave, but you’ll need a few extras. Bring the crockery and cutlery you think you’ll need, knives and chopping boards, peeler and grater, pans (including frying pan), cooking utensils such as wooden spoons and spatulas, masher, tin opener, bottle opener, tupper ware containers, name tags, cleaning materials (you and your hall mates will be responsible for keeping the kitchen in good, clean order) and tea towels. If you’re an international short stay student, you’ll be provided with a kitchen pack.
It’s always best to be well prepared, so if you want all the mod cons, consider bringing your own first aid kit, washing powder, a memory stick, mementos from home, fairy lights to decorate your room, chargers, passport photos, passport/driving licence, A4 lined paper, folders, stationery, diary, National Insurance number, CV and references, fancy dress outfit (you never know!) and financial details such as your bank account number and sort code.
The University has a strong relationship with Elm Surgery, and you can start the registration process on their website. It’s always best to be registered already, rather than waiting until you need a doctor. If you’re an international student staying with a homestay family, talk to them about their local GP: they should normally be able to see you if you need medical help during your stay. If you’re feeling unwell and you’re worried, it’s always best to contact the Accommodation Manager. If you have an existing medical condition, we’ll get the necessary information during the accommodation application process and advise you accordingly.
When you’re living in halls, you must have your own TV licence if you’re watching programmes as they’re shown on television, whether that’s on your own TV or on a laptop. You’re not covered by your parents’ licence, or a communal licence. There are no aerials in halls so remember to bring your own indoor aerial, preferably with a booster. The current licensing fee is £150.50 per year for a colour TV. The TV licensing people are pretty hot on non-payers, and you could face a £1,000 fine if you neglect to get it sorted.
We’ll provide your microwave, fridge/freezer, oven, kettle and toaster in the kitchen. If you want, you can bring blenders, rice cookers or any other electrical equipment. Each kitchen has its own ironing board, but you’ll need to bring your own iron. All appliances run on a 220-240v system. Appliances which run on another voltage must be used with a transformer. Our plug are three-pin style, search ‘power plug type G’ on Google to see an image. We don’t test electrical equipment, but if we think something’s unsafe, we reserve the right to remove it. If you’re living with a homestay family, always ask about using any appliances you’ve brought from home, as incorrect use can be a fire hazard.
On moving-in day staff will be on hand to issue resident students with library card, Dining-In-Scheme (DIScount) card, and keys to campus accommodation.
If you have been allocated campus accommodation please report to the Information Hub.
Please make sure you have returned the terms & conditions, payment plan and £250 deposit to the Accommodation Administrator prior to your arrival.
Alternatively, if you have been allocated Homestay accommodation, arrangements will be made for your family to collect you from the Information Hub and details emailed to you.