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Get ready for your move

How to book accommodation

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 every step of the way, from applying for your accommodation to arriving at the start of the semester.


Our ResLifeBU programme is unique, only available in BU accommodation 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.

Collecting your keys and moving in

When you have secured a room in BU accommodation you will also be sent an email inviting you to complete an online induction prior to your arrival. This includes important information about living in the BU community and your new accommodation.

January 2020 - Your induction will be sent to you in early January.

September 2020 - Your induction will be sent to you in early September (at the end of the process you will book your arrival date and time).

If you have any questions about moving in, please get in touch with our Residential Services team.

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 paperwork has been received, your deposit has been paid and your online induction has been completed. 

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. 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 choose to still bring the following:

  • Cutlery
  • Crockery
  • Pots and pans (some flats have induction hobs, we suggest that you bring suitable pans)
  • Cooking utensils (don’t forget the potato peeler!)
  • Tea towels
  • Bedding
  • Pillows
  • Bed linen
  • Towels.

What's supplied in your accommodation?

View our handy table (pdf 200kb) showing what items are 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: BU19 (pdf 1.06mb).

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.