Before You Arrive
Check your inventory
Before you arrive at your University owned accommodation, you should receive an email 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 inventory you have been sent, and either sign to agree with the inventory, or add your own comments if you find any differences. You can upload photos too.
Sign up to the WiFi service
Internet in most University-owned halls is provided by Glide, and you should be sent a link to sign up to this before you arrive.
Check your insurance policy
FutureLets provides student possessions insurance for all residents in University owned halls, courtesy of Cover4Students. You can find a copy of the policy here, and you should 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.
Please note: this insurance is only applicable to students in University owned accommodation. If you are living in a private let, you will need to arrange your own contents insurance yourself.
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 ID
- 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.
What To Bring
Each property provides slightly different items, so before you go shopping for your uni supplies, take a look at our comprehensive halls guide.
None of our accommodation provides bedding in the room, so we suggest that you 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 before you arrive. The bedding pack is priced at £25.00 for a single and £28 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 halls guide. For a 3/4 sized bed, we recommend buying bedding suitable for double beds in size.
None of our properties provide any cooking equipment (pots, pans, etc), utensils, cutlery or crockery, so you will need to purchase these yourselves. Bishop Gate and Godiva Place are fitted with induction hobs, so please ensure you bring induction pots and pans.
Some of our properties do provide kettles and toasters in their kitchens so before you buy either of these items, please refer to our halls guide. 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 halls guide first to see if 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
- 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)
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 www.immobilise.com. 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.
Images are intended to be representative only. Neither Coventry University nor FutureLets guarantee that the layout or style of any accommodation offered to you will be the same as that depicted. Neither Coventry University nor FutureLets guarantee that any accommodation offered to you will come with any particular contents, furniture or facilities other than those expressly stated as being available in each property as set out on the Coventry University website.