Freshers

What to Bring

Bed linen A duvet and pillows are provided but you need to bring duvet covers, sheets, and pillowcases. Also a warm blanket is good to have; it does get cold in Michaelmas term! Smart clothes Needed for Matriculation dinner and any formal halls. Girls usually wear a smart dress or skirt/trousers and a top; guys must wear a jacket with a tie. There are also a number of events throughout the year where you will be expected to wear black tie (for example society dinners, balls).
Freshers

When You Arrive

Get a bank account Immediately! There are long queues, and accounts can take a few days to get sorted. The following have student accounts: Barclays (35 Sidney St) HSBC (63–64 St Andrews St) Lloyds TSB (95–97 Regent St) NatWest (56 St Andrews St) Co-operative (23–24 Sidney St) Sometimes they don’t allow internationals to open a student account, but you should at least be able to open a basic account with a card, and (for some of the above) without monthly fees.