What you need to bring to University

Updated on 17 September 2021

Which documents you need to bring depends on your tuition fee status. There are some items everyone needs to bring, and others which only apply if you need a visa to study here.

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Documents and paperwork

It is very important you bring original documents and not photocopies

  • driving licence, valid passport, for UK students: a PASS accredited card such as YoungScot, or for EU students: a national identity card

Documents for Student visa holders

  • your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) statement (this shows the pre-payments you have made towards tuition fees / accommodation)
  • documents listed on your CAS - these are under the heading "documents used to assess academic ability"
  • qualification certificates - you need to bring evidence that you have met the entry requirements for your course
  • English Language Certificates - which were used for Student visa
  • CAS statement changes (receipt or UKVI Screenshot, printouts of payments you have made to the University of Dundee after your CAS statement was issued)
  • passport with the 30 day vignette sticker
  • confirmation of your accommodation address in Dundee
  • sponsor's letter (if you have one)
  • passport photographs (if you need to register with the police for your visa)
    • there are passport photo booths in the Overgate Shopping Centre in the city centre, or you can have your photo taken at the Max Spielmann photo shop (inside Tesco Extra Riverside)
Police registration

Some visas require you to register with the police within 7 days of arrival.

The Overseas Visitor Registration Office (OVRO) in Dundee is based at Dundee Police Station, West Bell Street. You will need to book an appointment first by emailing

If you have any questions you can also email

Your Biometric Residence Permit BRP (Student visa)

  • You will need to collect your BRP card as soon as possible. You will have specified a pickup location during your visa application. For most Dundee students this is Post Office, 30 Whitehall St, Dundee DD1 4AF.
  • Normally a student who has made a Student visa application from outside the UK must collect their BRP card from the post office within 10 days of arriving in the UK. However, the Coronavirus Policy Guidance issued by UKVI states that “Students will not be penalised for being unable collect their Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) while coronavirus measures are in place.” (page 16)
  • If you are required to self-isolate, you should collect your BRP after 14 days. Once you have collected it, email a photograph of the card to


  • face covering
  • any necessary prescription medicines (for students from abroad, check your medicine is legal in the UK)
  • copy of prescription for glasses or contact lenses (this lets you replace them easily if you break or lose them)
  • any necessary medical records / letter from your current doctor
  • tuberculosis (TB) test certificate (if applicable)


The UK is an increasingly cashless society, with contactless payments, Apple Pay, and Google Pay increasing in importance during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • most up-to-date bank statement (not the bank statement used for Visa approval)
  • your bank sort-code, account number, and contact details (or IBAN (international bank account number) if not a UK account)
  • your UK national insurance number (if you have one)
  • any insurance policies

Find out more from our guide to bank accounts

Make sure you are familiar with how to pay your tuition fees, whether you are paying yourself or are using SAAS or SLC funding

If you're new to the UK

  • approximately £200 cash and up to £500 on a prepaid Visa / MasterCard for immediate expenses (travellers cheques are difficult to cash so are best avoided). If you have not already pre-paid for your accommodation in Dundee, you may want to add more.

Accommodation / living in Dundee

 Shopping in Dundee

You don't need to bring everything you'll ever need. Dundee has lots of supermarkets, hypermarkets, and department stores so if you forget anything you'll always be able to get it here. You also might want to share the cost of some things, or someone else might bring one for the flat.

The following supermarkets provide an online shopping delivery service:

What's already in your University accommodation

  • kettle
  • microwave
  • iron / ironing board
  • vacuum cleaner
  • mop and bucket
  • recycling, refuse, and wastepaper baskets

If you are staying in private accommodation, your landlord will be able to let you know what is already in the flat / house.

 Do not bring to accommodation

  • portable heaters (University flats are centrally heated)
  • candles
  • furniture
  • too much food - only bring food for the first day, it is easier to buy food at local supermarkets/hypermarkets
  • too many kitchen items (remember there are 5-7 other people in your flat who will also bring things)

 Bring with you to accommodation

  • bed linen - (UK bedding sizes are different than European)
  • towels
  • coat hangers
  • clothes airer / drying rack
  • clothes - including jumpers and coats for winter, and sportswear
  • toiletries - bring an overnight bag until you have been to the supermarket
  • medication and a basic first aid kit
  • crockery, cutlery, pots, and pans
  • Television Licence - you will need a licence if you want to watch TV using a television set or a computer - this includes BBC iPlayer. For further information on TV licensing, see the TV Licensing website.


  • your laptop - we have wifi coverage throughout campus and our residences to allow you to study wherever necessary. Once you are on campus, you can set up on our superfast wifi network, eduroam,
  • a mobile device, (iOS, Android, or a simple phone that can receive calls or text messages - this will allow you to set up multi-factor authentication, a security measure that lets you log into your IT account when you're away from the campus network
  • chargers for all your devices

About electrical equipment

UK power is 230v 50Hz. If your country also uses 220-240v you can use an adapter for your plugs. UK plugs are Type G - a large 3 pin plug. Electrical sockets have switches on them.


If your country uses 110v 60Hz (for example, United States, Canada, or Japan) you must check appliances are suitable for worldwide use. Check the product / power adapter for input: 100v-240v. If your appliance is 110v only you will damage it and you should buy a new product in the UK.

Photograph of a hand holding a UK plug next to a UK power socket
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