Although it will be summer in the UK when you arrive, the temperatures may well be less than what you are used to, so be sure to pack some warm clothes and wet weather clothing just in case! The UK is renowned for having changeable weather so be prepared for sun, rain, and wind. Summer temperatures range typically between 18 – 30°C (66 - 86°F) although it may get cooler in the evenings and at night. It is advisable to bring Clothing suitable for all weathers – a waterproof jacket is recommended!
Please ensure that you bring:
- Money for food as the accommodation is self-catering
- Spending money
- Travel costs to and from the airport (depending on which airport you fly to, this will vary)
- Any extra-curricular activities. As there are free days, students may wish to explore Birmingham and the surrounding area.
You can buy pay-as-you-go SIM cards for a short stay in the UK for making local calls and texting. You can also save money by using the wireless network on campus to make calls via Skype or Google Talk to friends and family overseas.
The University Centre (R23 on campus map) has a number of shops which provides a range of phone services. You can purchase International Phone cards from the shop ‘Unique’ and mobile phone accessories from ‘Salco Phones.’
The UK uses a three-pin plug. You can buy adaptors for UK plug sockets in your home country or in the airport on arrival. The UK operates on 220V, so you may want to consider a transformer if you are bringing any electric devices that operates at a lower voltage which does not already have a built-in transformer.
You can purchase travel adaptors from John Smith's Student Store at the University Centre.
Pack your passport, travel documents, UoB documentation, and insurance documentation in a safe place in your hand luggage. Make copies of all these documents and pack them separately.
Any prescription medicine and a letter from your doctor to explain any pre-existing medical conditions should you see a doctor in the UK.