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Packing for university: What NOT to bring

By BzBarlow 01 Nov 2020

The following items should not be brought into halls: 

  • Pets
  • Mini fridges, freezers, coolers
  • Electrical fairy lights (battery-powered ones are fine)
  • Heating appliances (portable heaters, oil burners)
  • Cooking appliances in your bedroom
  • Candles and incense sticks (including fragrance burners and shish pipes)
  • Electric blankets
  • Washing machine, tumble drier and dishwasher
  • Any additional furniture
  • Any illegal drugs/substances including legal highs and nitrous oxide
  • Any explosive materials (including fireworks)
  • Weapons and dartboards

Note: All appliances must be unplugged when not in use and must be PAT tested (unless the items have been purchased in the EU within the last 12 months). 

There are some exceptions...

Rice cookers 
You can bring appliances such as a rice cooker, coffee machine or toastie maker to use in the kitchen, but only if they conform to the appropriate British Standard and have been purchased in the EU. These are not to be used in the bedrooms, and if cooking appliances are found in your bedroom they will be confiscated.  

Medically required fridges 
If you need to store refrigerated medicines in your room, you must contact the Wellbeing team and provide supporting medical evidence prior to arrival to campus.  

You can contact the Wellbeing team on and

Confiscation of unsafe electrical items 
If our staff notice that you have an electrical item without the correct CE safety mark, we will remove it immediately. We will leave a notice to contact the Residence Life team. The item will be stored until you move out when you will need to collect it within 14 days. We will dispose of any items left behind after the 14 days

Correct CE marks: 

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