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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

Our intention is for our student accommodation to offer a home from home, whilst managing the health, safety and wellbeing for everybody living there. As government guidance is constantly changing, we are unable to provide specific information at this stage but we are working with all of our accommodation partner providers to ensure that plans will be implemented in line with Government guidance at the time.

For students living in the BU accommodation portfolio, our current guiding principles are that:

  • The main arrivals period will be run over a longer period of time that allows for lower numbers of new students arriving at any given time.
  • Individuals travelling from a country not listed on the UK Government’s list of exempt countries, will be able to arrive from Saturday 05 September (pending room availability), move into their room and start the 14-day period of self-isolation and our teams will provide the support that will be needed during this time.
  • Every individual will have a responsibility to ensure they don’t arrive at their accommodation with Covid-19 symptoms and will postpone their arrival until it is deemed safe to do so, in accordance with any Government health guidance at the time.
  • Communal areas, shared spaces and building access will be accessible and managed in accordance with the Government safety guidance at the time, ensuring these spaces are safe for the whole community.
  • Individual shared flats and houses will be treated as a ‘household’ and therefore will be able to socialise with one another, observing applicable Government safety guidance at the time.
  • During the new autumn term, “households” will need to comply with Government and University guidance should any member of the household show Covid-19 symptoms, have a confirmed diagnosis or be contacted by the new track and trace service.
  • Every individual will have a responsibility to behave in a way that doesn’t breach any Government or accommodation safety guidance at the time.
  • Our accommodation and ResLifeBU teams will be on hand to provide relevant information and to guide and support all our residents, providing you with the best experience possible. 

If you are not living in the BU accommodation portfolio then you will need to contact your accommodation provider direct 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 on Wednesday 02 September 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 from Saturday 12 September (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 from Saturday 05 September (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 accommodaiton contract and payments to confirm your room booking have been received as well as your online induction completed. 

If you have not booked a room in the BU acccommodation portfolio you will need to contact your acccommodation provider direct 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 Bed linen
  • 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 200kb) 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 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.