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Pre-Arrival Information

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What To Bring

Each property provides slightly different items, so before you go shopping for your uni supplies, take a look at our facilities and furnishings document below to make sure you have everything on your list that you need.


None of our accommodation provides bedding in the room, and we suggest that you to buy this before you arrive. If you are unable to bring bedding with you, you can order a bedding pack from FutureLets before arrival via the online 'e-arrivals' link that will be emailed to you in early September before you arrive. The bedding pack is priced at £20.00 for a single and £25 for a double, and contains a pillow, pillow case, duvet, duvet cover and sheet. 

To make sure you are buying the right size of bedding, please refer to the individual property pages or the facilities and furnishings document. For a 3/4 sized bed, we recommend buying bedding suitable for double beds in size.

Kitchen Utensils

The vast majority of our properties do not provide any cooking equipment (pots, pans, etc), utensils, cutlery or crockery, so you will need to purchase these yourselves.

Some of our properties do provide kettles and toasters in their kitchens so before you buy either of these items, please refer to our facilities and furnishings document. If your property does not provide these, we recommend buying these in conjunction with your new flatmates once you have arrived - otherwise you may end up with more toasters then you can fit on your worktop!


Other items to consider

Check the facilities table first to se eif these items are already provided in your property, but these are some frequently-forgotten items!

  • Study lamp
  • Toilet roll and toilet brush
  • Tea towels and dishcloths
  • Cling film and freezer bags
  • Hangers
  • Bin and binbags
  • Toiletries (e.g. shampoo, shower gel, toothbrush, etc)
  • D-lock (if you are bringing a bike)
  • A small portable locker or safe for your valuables (e.g. passport, visa documents, etc)

Before You Arrive

Check your inventory - before you arrive at your University-owned or managed accommodation, you should receive an email from our friends at Inventory Hive, outlining the furniture you will have in your room and the condition it is in. Within 48hrs of your arrival, you need to have checked your room against the inentory you have been sent, and either sign to agree with the inventory, or add your own comments if you find any differences - you can even upload photos directly to the inventory via the Inventory Hive website.


Sign up to the WiFi service - internet in most University-owned and managed proeprties is provided by StudentCom, and you should be sent a link to sign up to this before you arrive. This means it is one less thing to think about when you have just moved in, and you can get connected straight away. Tou can even buy upgrades to the main package provided; take a look here for more information.


Check your insurance policy - FutureLets provides student possessions insurance for all residents in University owned or managed accommodations, courtesy of Cover4Students. We will email you a copy of your policy before you arrive, and you need to check this carefully to make sure it covers all your possessions. If it doesn't, make sure you buy additional cover - it's worth the money and peace of mind.


Open a student bank account - consider carefully which bank offers the best account for you. If you're choosing one with an overdraft or a credit card, make sure you check the interest rate and read the T&Cs carefully to make sure you understand your obligations. Finally, don't be swayed by freebies! Choose the right account for you, not the account that has the most free stuff or gimmicks.

To open a student back account, you will need:

  • 1 or 2 forms of photo IS
  • Proof of address (e.g. your phone bill)
  • Proof of student status (e.g. your offer letter)


Get your vaccinations - check with your home GP to make sure you are up-to-date with all your vaccinations for things like Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR), Tetanus and HPV . While we can't guarantee you will avoid Fresher's Flu, making sure you are up-to-date with your vaccinations is really important to try and avoid some potentially dangerous disaeases.


Work out a budget - work out how much student loan you will receive, when you will receive it and how long it has to last for. Work out a weekly or monthly budget and stick to it! There's nothing worse than running out of money and not being able to afford your rent or food, and perhaps try to budget a little more for fresher's week and the run-up to Christmas to pay for any extras besides your normal day-to-day costs.

Once You're Here

Register at a GP's surgery - Coventry University's medical centre is based in the Hub, and has doctors and nurses based there for appointments. Make sure you register when you arrive!


Register to vote - Not only is it important to be able to have your say about local politics and issues, this is really important for your credit rating in the future - if you don't have a good credit rating, it can be harder to get loans and mortgages, so make sure you register to have your say. Find out more here.


Register your valuables -  Register your valuable items like your laptop, mobile phone and bike, on Then, if you're unfortunate enough to lose them or have them stolen, the chances of being reunited with them are significantly higher. Another top tip is to mark your items with a UV pen (the ink only shows up under ultra-violet light).


Set some houserules - Decide on some basic houserules with your new flatmates about keeping the kitchen clean, and time spent in the shower (if you're in shared accommodation). There's nothing worse than running out of hot water, or having to cook surrounded by other people's dirty pots.


Buy a TV Licence - as of August 2016, you will need a TV Licence if you are watching live TV on a TV screen, laptop, tablet, phone or any other mobile device. You will also need to have a TV Licence is you are going to watch any BBC catch-up services like iPlayer.

 TV Licences are paid for by FutureLets in communal areas ONLY.

To find out more, visit the TV Licencing website.

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding your student accommodation then please read our frequently asked questions or contact our Customer Service team:
Phone:  02476 158 158 
Visit: Charles Ward 145, Coventry University, Priory Street, CV1 5FB

Our Customer Service Representatives are available Monday-Friday 8:30am - 6pm, and Saturdays 9am - 1pm.