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Essential Info

Our handy halls checklist...

By UALHalls 11 May 2016

If you're joining the UAL Halls community in September there's lots to think about. We're here to make things as simple as possible for you. We have created a list of recommended items to help you move into your new home and start your new London life. 

Check out our handy list...

Important items

  • Form of ID (passport or drivers license)
  • Any travel documents (visa, tickets)
  • Bank cards
  • Any medication and medical documents
  • Details of your health insurance (overseas students)
  • Any University documents you have been asked to bring
  • Any copies of financial documents
  • Any discount cards your regularly use (16-25 rail card)
  • A basic First Aid kit may also be very useful for yourself or a flatmate (there are many affordable kits available).

Bathroom Essentials

  • Bath mat
  • Bath and hand towels
  • Flannels
  • Toilet roll
  • Box of tissues 
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hand soap
  • Shower gel
  • Toothbrush holder 
  • Mirror 
  • Any other essential toiletries you require


  • Mugs
  • Glasses
  • Cutlery 
  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • One-person casserole dish
  • Frying Pan
  • 1 small and 1 large saucepan
  • Tin opener
  • Scissors
  • Chopping knife
  • Chopping board 
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Cheese grater
  • Spatula 
  • Scrubbing brush (for washing up)
  • Store cupboard ingredients (spices, herbs, oils)
  • Plastic box (tupperware)
  • Whisk
  • Colander 
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring jug 
  • Cling film and tin foil
  • Tea towels
  • Oven gloves
  • Washing up liquid
  • Baking tray


  • Laundry bag
  • Coat hangers 
  • Duster
  • Kitchen roll
  • Toilet bleach 
  • Shower cleaner 
  • Bathroom cleaner 
  • Kitchen cleaner
  • Washing powder/liquid (laundry)
  • Washing liquid (dishes)


  • Duvet
  • Duvet covers 
  • Blanket
  • Sheets
  • Pillows and pillow cases
  • Hot water bottle
  • Inflatable mattress and pump (for when guests come to stay)
  • Clock
  • Jewellery box

With such a large list understandably you may not be able to fit everything in your suitcase.

If you are traveling from afar or overseas you will most likely not be able to bring any bed linen with you, but ask a member of staff at reception or check your printed Hall Guide for the local stores around you to purchase bedding and other items. This will be a small printed booklet in your room once you arrive. 

It might be worth waiting until you move in to buy some of the large items. If you choose a room with a shared kitchen you might want to check with your roommates if you can share any of these items or co-purchase them together.