What to Bring

General Living:

  • Bedding (remember a duvet and pillows) If you need to borrow this, email the housing officer.
  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Hand sanitiser and face masks
  • Washing powder and stain remover
  • Coat-hangers
  • Laptop (and charger)
  • Clothes drying rack
  • Ethernet cable (if you want a wired connection instead of wireless. This is advisable as Eduroam can be unreliable)
  • Extension cable (multiway adaptor)
  • Posters and pins
  • Doorstop and over the door hooks
  • Washing up liquid and bowl
  • Noise-cancelling headphones
  • Full length mirror

Work Stuff:

  • Stationery
  • Folders
  • Dictionary
  • Calculator (subject specific, probably don't need this if you do English)
  • Paper and Notebooks
  • Any relevant old notes - you might not use these, but they can be reassuring
  • Hole Punch / Stapler
  • Scissors

Food Stuff:

  • Kettle
  • Cloths and Tea Towels
  • Washing up liquid
  • Mugs, tumblers, wine glasses, shot glasses etc...
  • A few plates, bowls and cutlery


  • Money and Banks Cards
  • ID (passport and/or driver's license) for opening bank accounts, and for getting into pubs and clubs
  • Passport Photos (useful for Union membership, coxing licenses and other extra-curricular activities)
  • LEA / Finance Information
  • Medical Details


  • Whatever it is that you like to wear, including clothes for the wet and windy Oxford weather, and for the occasional time when the sun makes an appearance.
  • Sub Fusc (This is what we wear for exams and for matriculation)
  • Fancy dress stuff for bops
  • Black Tie (if you have it)
  • Sports Kit

Optional Extras:

  • Cushions, rugs, teddy bears, plants, books, films, photographs and any­ thing else that will make your room feel more like home.
  • Musical instruments.
  • A printer. Yes, you can use College printers, you just might find having your own a bit more convenient.
  • Bike. Bring one with you, or buy when you get here, there are loads of sec­ ond hand bike shops. There are also a few College bikes available to borrow!

Stuff you are NOT allowed

  • Toasters, ovens, microwaves, electric paella pans
  • Pets
  • Cars
  • Candles (decorative or otherwise) and other fire hazards
  • Offensive weapons
  • Blu-tack (It damages the paint on the walls, but you do get a pin board for posters and stuff)
  • Mains-powered fairy lights. Battery-powered are fine, though


This is Oxford's academic dress which you wear for exams and matriculation.
Subfusc is:

  • Dark suit with dark socks and white bow tie or black ribbon
    OR a black skirt with black tights OR blacktrousers with dark socks
  • A plain white collared shirt
  • Black shoes
  • A gown and mortarboard

Included in this pack will be an advertisement for the gown and mortarboard, so you can buy it in advance. Alternatively, there are many shops in Oxford, where you can buy these things once you arrive. They usually come in a package with a black ribbon or white bow tie.


The JCR and College run an external storage scheme where you can store the things you don’t need to take home every vacation securely at Charles Wood and Sons (our external storage provider).

College funds some free storage for the following groups of people: international students, students from Scotland, Wales, Nl or Channel Islands, students who live more than 4 hours away from Oxford and students whose family/friends cannot pick them up at the end of term. Issie, your housing officer, will be in touch with more details about this later in term!

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