Advice for move in day

The Stag, Stag Hill campus
  1. Don’t overpack

Make sure to not bring too many personal items – particularly clothes and electronics – because you want to make sure everything fits in your room.

Important documents such as your passport, ID and the confirmation letter of your accommodation should be on your priority list as you will need these to collect your room keys and for the main registration. 

Other essential items you should bring are: toiletries; duvet; pillows; stationery; hangers; first aid kit. Surrey’s website has a list of everything you need to know to start packing early as well as a list of prohibited items, so make sure you check this out.

  1. Open a student bank account 

Some banks offer great deals with their student bank accounts. For example, Santander’s includes a free 4-year 16-25 railcard and an interest-free arranged overdraft of up to £1,500.

  1. Bring food with you

It will be a tiring day when you move in because of all the unpacking and organising your room. Having food and drink will help you to stay hydrated and keep your energy levels high throughout the day. You can also visit Tesco which is a 10-15-minute walk from the main Stag Hill campus and even closer from Manor Park accommodation.

  1. Complete your pre-registration and accommodation induction 

Online pre-registration is an important first step that all new students need to take which you will receive information about through an email. This should be completed via the Surrey self-service portal in order to also receive your student ID. 

If you are staying in an on-campus accommodation, then this induction is compulsory for you as it provides all new students with access to reassuring and useful information about safety and maintenance details.

If you are moving in during September, it will be quite sunny in Guildford so make sure to wear comfortable clothes to be able to stand and move around and carry bags/ boxes.

5. Say hello to your flat mates

It can be daunting to meet new people at times but know that everyone is in the same position as you. Taking the first step to greeting your flat mates by knocking their door and telling them about yourself will make you feel a lot better than meeting each other awkwardly in the shared kitchen a couple days later.

You will forget something, of course. Everyone forgets though, so don’t panic as you can always order online, pop to the shops or fetch it on your next visit home. If you have any queries about move in day or the University of Surrey, feel free to reach out to me on Unbuddy.