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The Ultimate Study Abroad Checklist from UKEC

So, you’ve applied to your dream UK university, got a place to study a degree you’re passionate about, been granted your visa, and now you are just waiting for the day that you actually arrive in the UK and get started. It’ll come around quicker than you think, we promise!


Your most important job now is to make sure that you have everything you need to bring with you when you come over to the UK. From important documents, to your favourite pair of shoes, the list can be pretty long. So you don’t forget anything, we’ve got your ultimate checklist of what you need to bring for your UK study journey. You can download a printable version here.


First things first; what you need to do before you travel

  • Book accommodation, and make sure you write down the address
  • Purchase travel insurance
  • Book your airport pick-up
  • Learn a few key facts about the British culture
  • Brush up on your English language skills
  • And, most importantly, spend as much time as you can with your family and friends!


The bare necessities; the essential items you’ll need

  • The original copies of all the documents set out on your CAS, including previous qualifications
  • Photos and mementos to remember home, your friends and family
  • Clothing:
    • Coat/jacket (make sure it’s waterproof!)
    • Trousers
    • Tops
    • Sweaters
    • Formal (going out) outfits
    • Shoes
    • Sleepwear
    • Socks and underwear
  • Electronics
    • Laptop
    • Camera
    • Hairdryer, hair straighteners, curling irons etc
    • Kindle, iPad, tablet
    • Travel adaptor
    • Don’t forget your chargers!
  • Toiletries
    • Toothbrush
    • Skin and hair products
    • Medication
    • Glasses/contact lenses


Get it here; the stuff you can get in the UK

  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Toothpaste
  • Razors
  • Hairbrush/combs
  • Umbrella
  • Feminine products
  • Contraceptives
  • Over-the-counter medicines (i.e. paracetamol or aspirin)

Realistically, you can buy anything on this list in the UK. Unless you are particularly fussy about brands, we would recommend that you simply buy some of the larger items once you arrive, for instance bedding and towels, to save on luggage space.


Off the list; items you definitely shouldn’t bring

  • Drugs (non-medicinal ones that is)
  • Sharp objects
  • Guns and firearms
  • Fireworks
  • Explosive or flammable materials

These are pretty much common sense, and standard with most airports and airlines. But we thought we’d just remind you anyway!


To hand; things to keep in your hand luggage

  • Passport and visa
  • University offer letter, CAS, and proof of accommodation address
  • Plane tickets
  • Money
  • Insurance documents
  • Any additional identity cards
  • Mobile phone (remember this must be fully charged)
  • Photocopies of all important documents 


For more tips, check out our Guide to Returning to the UK. You can contact your UKEC education consultant with any questions you may have on what to bring with you, or get in touch with the team on


Safe flight, and we’ll see you soon!


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