Moving in

Checklist – before you move in:

  • Make sure you know and have your CRSid
  • Set up your Hermes email (everything is sorted over email!) and Raven
  • Take a look at Student Finance and Cambridge Bursary to see whether something might apply to you
  • Check the “NHS low income bursary scheme” for health issues
  • Make sure you were not set any summer work (most subjects don’t so most can just chill)
  • Don’t stress

to bring or not to bring

Despite being a smaller city, Cambridge offers a wide range of shopping opportunities (and you can easily have things ordered to college), so if you forget something at home, it should not be hard to get it. Nevertheless, here is a rough list of what you might need (apart from the obvious things such as clothes).

Definitely bring:

  • Towels (not provided by college)
  • Bath mat (for private bathrooms, the floors can get rather cold), bath baskets for shared bathrooms
  • 2 sets of sheets, duvet covers and pillow cases
  • Hangers (college only provides about 10 of them)
  • Room décor to make it more home-like (fairy lights, photos, posters, plants…)
  • Pots/pans (if you plan to cook), dishes, mugs and cutlery
  • Dirty laundry box/bag
  • Stationary supplies
  • Change for laundry
  • Warm clothes (it gets cold here, even if you’re a northener. A coat is a must, consider tights, gloves, scarves, hats and many jumpers. Warm socks and PJs are also good)
  • Formal clothing (matriculation, formal halls and possibly black-tie events)
  • Photocopies of important documents such as previous doctors’ information
  • Some sort of ID (passport and drivers license)

Maybe bring:

  • A bike (you can buy one here too, so no worries if it is a struggle), helmet and high-visibility features
  • Laptop (there is a computer room available, but a private laptop offers comfort and convenience – many students also take them to lectures)
  • Sports and music equipment (there are music rooms with some basic stuff)

Leave at home:

  • A kettle (there is one in each gyp and you can ask for one for your room)
  • Printer (printing is free in computer rooms, you just need to provide your own paper. However, if you have the option to bring one then it’s up to you)
  • Cleaning supplements (most of the necessary tools are provided by college, plus a bedder comes to take care of your rooms once a week)
  • Ethernet cables, each room has one and Wi-Fi is really good!

Checklist – after you arrive

  • Register, get your university card, and get your room keys (not necessarily in that order)
  • Set up your room
  • Tell your parents to leave so you can settle in!
  • Get your gown (in college – we will let you know where)
  • Find out how to top up your uPay account so you can start eating (info above)
  • Meet your neighbours
  • Set up your internet accounts (ie. Hermes email, raven, log into wifi, etc)
  • Look through the Freshers’ Week timetable so you know when and where you need to be, and check out if you are interested in any of the offers (Freshers tees, club deals…)
  • Register with a GP