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Arrivals and moving in

Moving into halls will be an exciting time and there will be lots of things you'll need and want to bring with you. You can find information below on how our arrivals will be organised this academic year.

Before you start packing, you can also find below what we do and do not provide for you in our halls of residence.

This year's main intake to University accommodation is scheduled to take place on Friday 24, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 September, with the majority of our UK students moving into University accommodation expected to arrive during this time. All contracts will commence from Saturday 25 September.

Approximately three to four weeks before the start of your tenancy, if you have accepted your accommodation offer, you will receive an email inviting you to complete our online induction.

On the final page of the induction you will be able to book an arrival slot. The Online Induction is an interactive online guide that provides information relevant to life in University Accommodation.

You will need to read important safety information and respond to questions. At the end of the induction, you will be able to book your arrival slot. 

Travelling from overseas

If you are unsure of when to arrive, please keep in mind any requirements to quarantine on arrival. If you're unsure which list your country is on, please check the website for the latest information.

COVID-19 testing requirements prior to travel currently apply to all travellers entering the UK.

Quarantine information

What to bring with you

Moving into halls will be an exciting time and there will be lots of things you'll need and want to bring with you. Before you start packing, have a look below at what is and isn't provided for you in halls.

Our best advice is to travel light! Wait until you arrive to buy general cleaning equipment or shared kitchen items and you can share the cost with your flat mates.

Bedroom and bathroom

  • Bedding (duvet, duvet cover, pillows, pillow cases and sheets) please see the table below to see whether you have a single or double bed.
  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Bath mat (for en suite accommodation)
  • Laundry bag
  • Clothes hangers
  • Toilet roll and cleaning materials

Mains extension leads can be used provided that the load on the extension is a maximum of 13 amps and one lead per socket. Cables should be positioned carefully and not present a trip hazard.


  • Crockery (plates, bowls, glasses, mugs)
  • Cutlery (knife, fork, spoon)
  • Cooking equipment (saucepan, frying pan, baking tray, oven dish)
  • Cooking utensils

Top tip: don’t forget a bottle/can opener

You don't necessarily need to bring all these things with you on day one - you could wait to see what your flat mates bring with them so that you don't end up with 8 kettles or cheese graters!


  • Cleaning products including washing-up liquid, sponges, cloths and tea towels

Items that we provide


  • Bed, mattress & mattress protector
  • Wardrobe
  • Desk, chair and task lighting
  • Bookshelves
  • Curtains
  • Mirror

Kitchens in self-catered residences

  • Oven and hob*
  • Fridges
  • Freezers
  • Dining table and chairs
  • Storage cupboards
  • Ironing board (irons available from reception)
  • Microwaves
  • Rubbish bin
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Mop and bucket

Please note: in our newly refurbished Enhanced Plus flats at Wessex Lane, the hobs are induction hobs.

Kitchen/pantries in catered residences

  • Small cookers/microwaves
  • Fridges

And lastly, we will provide you with a cleaning pack which will get you through the first few weeks!

TV Licensing

You’ll need a TV Licence to watch or record live TV on any channel, or to download or watch any BBC programmes on iPlayer - be that live, catch-up or on demand.

You can check to see if you need a TV Licence, and if so how to pay, on the TV Licensing website.

Don’t forget

On moving day there will be some important things you’ll need to have to hand:

  • Check in letter – E-induction (either a printed copy or on your phone)
  • Photo ID (passport, driving licence, etc)
  • These are not essential but might be worth having to hand on the day:
  • Phone charger
  • Spare/rubbish bags
  • Pen & paper

Forgotten something? Don't Worry!

There are plenty of shops and large supermarkets in Southampton where you’ll be able to pick up the essentials.

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