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Get ready for your move

How to book accommodation

The information on this page is relevant for students who are moving into the BU student accommodation portfolio. If you're unsure if your accommodation is included, then view our Accommodation for September Starters page for a full list of the sites that are. If you are living in any other accommodation then you should contact your accommodation provider direct about what you need to do before you arrive. 

Moving at any stage of your life can be stressful, but it can be especially daunting if it’s the first time you’ve lived away from your family. We want to make that transition as easy as possible for you so have provided you with the key information you will require for a smooth arrival and transition into your accommodation. 

Accommodation Covid-19 update

For students living in the BU accommodation portfolio, you can get more information from our Accommodation and Covid-19 safety measures webpage.

If you are not living in the BU accommodation portfolio then you will need to contact your accommodation provider directly if you have any questions related to this matter.


Only available in BU accommodation, ResLifeBU is unique and is your pathway to a great student community and experience during your stay with us. To make your time the best it can be we deliver your ResLifeBU activities and services around three core principles: Social (the fun stuff), Wellbeing (looking out for your welfare) and Skills (helping you develop what you need for independent living).

When you have secured a room in the BU community then our ResLifeBU Team will be in touch to tell you more about this great programme and how you get involved before your arrival. To discover more about how ResLifeBU will benefit you visit our ResLifeBU page for more details.

Arriving, collecting your keys and moving in

When you have secured a room in the BU accommodation portfolio you will be sent an email inviting you to complete an online induction prior to your arrival. This induction includes important information about living in the BU community and your new accommodation. At the end of the induction, you will book your specific date and time of arrival. You will be able to choose and book a date and time of arrival (pending room availability).*

*The exemption to this is if you are travelling to BU from a country not listed on the UK Government’s list of exempt countries and will, therefore, be required to isolate for a 14 day period upon your arrival. To enable you to commence your period of isolation before the start of term, you will be able to arrive (pending room availability). Upon arrival, you will be supplied with a free bedding and kitchen pack, along with a food starter pack so you have everything you need to get going. After you have confirmed your booking, your accommodation team will be in touch with you to discuss and confirm your exact arrival date. 

When you arrive to collect your keys, you need to bring the following:

  • Some form of identification (driver’s licence, passport etc).

You will only be given your keys if all the necessary accommodation contract and payments to confirm your room booking has been received as well as your online induction completed. 

If you have not booked a room in the BU accommodation portfolio you will need to contact your accommodation provider directly to discuss your arrival. 

What to bring

Our first piece of advice is not to overpack. Remember that the rooms in our halls of residence are for single occupancy and have limited storage space. Bring the essentials with you initially and see how much space you have left.

If you are travelling from overseas, remember you can buy everything you need when you get here or pre-order the essentials from UniKitOut (see below for details). Just bring essentials such as a winter coat, warm clothes and a few items that will help you feel at home, such as photos to put on your noticeboard.

If you are travelling within the UK and have space to pack more, you may want to bring the following:

  • Cutlery
  • Crockery
  • Pots and pans (some flats have induction hobs, we suggest that you bring suitable pans - if in doubt then check with your accommodation provider)
  • Cooking utensils (don’t forget a potato peeler!)
  • Tea towels
  • Bedding, Pillows and Bedlinen
  • Towels.

We would also encourage you to think about bringing a bicycle with you to help with getting around. There is plenty of secure storage at the halls of residence and both campuses. If you do bring your bike then don't forget:

  • Helmet
  • D-Lock
  • Lights

What's supplied in your accommodation?

View our handy table (pdf 25kb) showing what items are already provided in each accommodation.

Get it delivered with UniKitOut

If you aren't able to bring any or all of these items with you, or just don't want the hassle of transporting them, then don't worry, you can buy all you need and more from UniKitOut, a dedicated website where you can buy the essentials for the start of term and have everything delivered directly to your hall of residence. If you choose this convenient option then remember to claim your discount by quoting your unique code: BU10 (pdf 1.06mb).

Contents Insurance

Partnering with Endsleigh, the No.1 student insurance provider, all accommodation in the BU portfolio benefits from contents insurance.

It is important all students confirm their cover to ensure you understand what is and isn’t covered. Plus you’ll also be entered into a prize draw, courtesy of Endsleigh!

Visit confirm your cover to see:

  • What is and what isn’t covered
  • Key exclusions - where cover isn’t provided
  • Policy excess – the amount you pay when you make a claim
  • How to make a claim
  • Personalise cover

Other frequently asked questions

For other frequently asked questions and information about living in the BU community please visit our Living in accommodation FAQs page.