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Preparing for university is really important, and there are a number of things that we recommend you are aware of, or have completed before you join us.

You can find these below. Please get in touch if you need any clarification.

  • I’m clear on how I’m paying my tuition fees: through the Student Loans Company, the NHS Grants Unit or my own money.

  • I’m clear on how I’m paying my accommodation fees: through a maintenance loan or my own money.

  • I’ve paid my halls deposit: if you are moving into halls. 

  • I have a clear budget for the first year: to ensure you can cover your living costs.

  • I have my own bank account

    • internet banking means you don’t need to open an account in a branch local to St George’s — accounts can take a couple of weeks to open so it’s best to do this in advance.

  • I’ve insured my valuable belongings: basics are covered if you’re living in halls, but you will need to insure items such as your laptop and smartphone separately.

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What to pack

In order to enrol you on your course during Induction Week, we need to check your identity and the details of any financial support you're getting. We need to see the original and a photocopy of the following documents, so make sure you bring these with you as we can't enrol you without them.

  • Photo ID, either your passport or your driving licence.

  • Financial Support Notification or Payment Schedule letter, if you're getting a UK student loan.

  • Original certificates or other documents confirming your qualifications

  • Passports and visas if you are an international student.

  • If you're living away from home, either in halls or in a private let, don't forget to pack the following essentials. Please note this list is not exhaustive.

  • Your laptop and/or tablet, plus case, mouse and any other bits of kit.

  • Chargers for your electronics.

  • Power adaptors if you're an international student.

  • Towels and bedding.

  • Kitchen equipment: this will vary depending on your culinary prowess, but might include crockery (plates, bowls, mugs, cups, glasses), cutlery (knives, forks, spoons), bottle opener, chopping board, cheese grater, chopping knives, colander, corkscrew, baking tray, kitchen scissors, a couple of saucepans with lids, frying pan, casserole dish, masher, measuring jug, microwaveable bowl, tea towels, tin opener, wooden spoons.

  • Something special from home – if you're feeling homesick, having a few of your own keepsakes around you can really make a difference.

Download our interactive packing checklist (PDF)

Information for disabled students

If you have a physical disability, long-term health condition, sensory impairment, autistic spectrum condition, mental health condition or a Specific Learning Difference such as dyslexia, you may be entitled to some support to access your course and make the most of your time here.

Our Disability Adviser, Emma Catlow, is looking forward to welcoming you and making sure that you have everything in place that you need. If you haven't already been in touch with her then please make contact by emailing us or calling on 020 8725 0143 as soon as you can.


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