Our checklist

You're nearly ready to start one of the biggest adventures of your life so far. Make sure you don't forget anything by using the handy checklist on this page.

Things to do before you arrive

From late August onwards, we'll send you your enrolment email so you can complete Online Sign-up.
Find out more on our Enrolment web pages.
Change your Royal Holloway account password
We sent you a temporary password in your welcome email – change yours now online.
Arrange payment of your tuition fees
Accept your hall accommodation contract and make your pre-payment (if applicable)
You'll receive an email from us with a link to accept your contract before Welcome Week.
Book an arrival slot for your hall and print off your Arrivals Day parking permit

We'll email you before Welcome Week asking you to book your arrival slot.

Check out the pre-arrival uni packs on UniKitOut 
UniKitOut offer bedding, bathroom and kitchen equipment and accessories online and deliver it straight to your Halls. Use the discount code RHUL10 for 10% off. Find out more.


Upload a photo for your College Card
You can upload a photo online using Campus Connect.
Like our RHCampusLife social media channels
Join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Add your new Royal Holloway email account to your mobile or tablet
Download your free copy of Microsoft Office
It's free for all Royal Holloway students, and you can download yours as soon as you've completed online sign-up. 
Check your vaccinations
The NHS recommends that new students get the vaccine to protect against meningitis and septicaemia before leaving for university - it's free from your GP.

Important documents to bring on Arrivals day

Your arrival pass and photo ID (if you're moving in to Halls)
Your current passport
Your NHS medical card (if you have one)
Some recent bank statements
Your Royal Holloway account username and password


Your student loan paperwork or proof of sponsorship (if applicable)
Your visa (if applicable)
Your National Insurance number (if applicable)
Some recent passport-sized photos

Things to do when you get here

Visit your Hall's key collection point to collect your room key and sign in (if you're living in Halls)
Register with our health centre
Find out how to do this online here.
Attend your departmental induction and social events
Attend your identity check so you can complete Enrolment and collect your College Card 
You can do this in the Windsor Building any time between 10am and 6pm from Saturday 22 to Friday 28 September. (note that if you're a pre-sessional English language programme student you'll already have a College Card, so you don't need to do this again)
Add money to your Campus Account on your College Card
 .… and you won’t pay VAT on most food and hot drinks on campus!  Find out how to get started with your Campus Account here.
Register to vote in your new constituency
Attend your Hall of Residence or off-campus welcome talk
This introduction talk will introduce you to your Hall Life team and tell you all about Welcome Week and the year ahead.
Take advantage of your Students' Union membership
You can now join clubs or societies and get into SU events!  Find out more on the SU website.
Try an Active lifestyle and Sports membership

Members get access to our fitness suite and exercise classes.  It’s a great way to stay fit and healthy while you study!

Get in touch with your Peer Guide 

Our Peer Guides are fellow students who can help you get settled in. Contact a Peer Guide

Things you might need when you move into Halls

Your new address
You can have post delivered direct to you in your Hall as long as it’s properly addressed – find out how to write your new address here.
Bath and hand towels
Duvet/quilt covers and pillow cases
If you’re moving into Halls we'll provide you with duvets and pillows, but you'll still need to bring your own covers.
Alarm clock
Chargers for your electronics
Ear plugs
Extra clothes hangers
First aid kit
Your laptop or other computer
Laptop case or bag
Of loved ones, pets, friends from home, etc.
Power adapter
All the plug sockets at Royal Holloway take UK BS 1363 plugs – if your electronics come from another country you’ll probably need an adapter to plug them in.

Make sure to bring pens, pencils, notebooks and other items, so you're all ready for classes to start!

USB memory sticks
A TV licence
If you watch live TV, catchup or on demand TV on BBC iPlayer in your room you'll need a TV licence.

Things you might need if you're self-catering

Bottle opener
Cheese grater
Chopping board
Chopping knives
Coffee maker
Baking tray
Kitchen scissors
Large saucepan (with a lid)
Measuring jug
Microwaveable bowl
Mixing bowl
Pizza cutter
Small casserole dish
Small frying pan
Small saucepan (with lid)
Tea towels
Tin opener
Vegetable peeler
Wok or large frying pan (with lid)
Wooden spoons or spatulas
Plates, bowls, mugs and cups.
Knives, forks, spoons.

Things you won't need to bring!

A car
If you’re living on campus or in the local community you won’t need a car to get in to Royal Holloway – plus if you live less than 1.5 miles away you won’t be allowed to park on campus.  Find out more on our parking web pages.
A-Level text books
Your course will probably quickly move past anything your old textbooks cover, plus we’ve got a Library stacked full of books relevant to your course.
Electric hobs and camping stoves
Aka ‘massive and unnecessary fire hazards’ – just leave them at home.
Fairy lights
If you’re moving into Halls your room will be kitted out with appropriate furniture, and most private accommodation for students locally is usually furnished. The only time you might need to bring your own furniture is for special medical reasons (contact us if you think that’s you).
Incense and candles
Fire hazard!
An 18+ Student Oyster Photocard
Don’t throw away £20 – you’re probably not eligible for this concession!  If you’re moving into Halls on campus or living in Egham, Staines or Englefield Green you’re not eligible for the 18+ Student Oyster Photocard because you live outside of London.  If you apply, your application will be rejected and you’ll lose the £20 fee.  If you’re not sure, email us before you apply.
There will be plenty of room in the fridge in your Halls kitchen or pantry.
Ridged suitcases
Because they’re tricky to store.
Shisha pipes
Be nice to your neighbours and don’t bass them out.