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Our handy halls checklist

By UALHalls 04 Aug 2021

If you're joining the UAL Halls community there is a lot 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 

Let's face some things are better to forget than others. To avoid a sudden panic make sure you triple check you have these important items before you travel to halls.

Important items Check?
Form of ID (passport or drivers license)
Copy of National Insurance
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).


One of the most exciting parts about moving to university has to be having your very own bedroom to make your own. Your new bedroom is a perfect paradise away from all the craziness of your new uni life.

Don't have room to pack all of these things? This year, you can order bedroom packs that will be placed in your room before you arrive. 

If you are a Study Abroad programme student, you can contact the Study Abroad Office directly to check if you are eligible for any living packs before making any order for your items.

Here are the things you'll need: 

Duvet covers
Clothes (Don't foget a raincoat, if you're from the UK you'll know how much it can rain).
Clothes hangers


Some of you will be sharing a bathroom while others will have your very own (lucky you!). Here are some of those must-have bathroom essentials. 

Remember, this year you can order some bathroom essentials from our partner UniKitOut. Your pack will be placed in your room before you arrive.

Bathroom EssentialsCheck?
Bath mat
Bath and hand towels
Toilet roll
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Hand soap
Shower gel
Toothbrush holder
Washbag (especially useful if you're sharing a bathroom which is a short walk from your room).
Any other essential toiletries you require


Feeling daunted about having to cook all your own meal? That's normal, you'll soon get the hang of it. 

Whether you're a novice or not, here are the kitchen essentials you'll need to bring with you or order from us:

One-person casserole dish
Frying pan
1 small and 1 large saucepan 
Tin opener
Chopping knife
Chopping board
Vegetable peeler
Cheese grater
Scrubbing brush (for washing up)
Store cupboard ingredients (spices, herbs and oils)
Mixing bowl


Yes, you heard it here first you'll need to do a few tedious chores like cleaning and laundry, #adulting. Our number one top tip is to keep on top of things before they get out of hand. 

If you're in a shared kitchen, don't worry we will be providing you with some cleaning materials to get you started.  

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

Other things

Over the years we've seen students arrive in halls with many weird and wonderful things. 

Here are a couple of not so essential things you may want to think about bringing. 

Other thingsCheck?
Bike helmet/ lock (check out our bike rental scheme) 
Sleep mask and earplugs
Playing cards
Portable phone charger

Don't want to bring everything with you?

Year this, for the first time ever, we are making things easier for you. You can pre-order bedroom, kitchen and bathroom packs from our partner UniKitOut. Use the discount code UAL10 at checkout for 10% off. 

Alternately, there are plenty of shops around your hall where you can buy all your essential items once you've arrived and settled in. This article will guide you to your local homeware shops. 

If you need any more help packing please don't hesitate to contact one of our lovely team. 💖

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