1. Your dog/cat/hamster/llama
It may be harder to say goodbye to your pet than it is to say goodbye to your parents and friends, but it’s something you need to do. Unfortunately university accommodation just doesn’t allow pets.
2. Your fancy candles
As relaxing as they are, candles are a fire hazard and you won’t be allowed to have them in your accommodation. Bring some febreeze if you need to cover up the smell of stale alcohol and unwashed clothes.
3. Your parents
If your parents stay overnight after they’ve moved you into halls, it will be even harder to say goodbye to them in the morning. Let your new friends comfort you if you feel a bit homesick and throw yourself into some fun activities.
4. Your swimming goggles
You won’t need these as you won’t be swimming in our campus lakes or any of the rivers in York. These bodies of water aren’t suitable for swimming - there are very strong currents in the rivers and the lakes are, quite frankly, really dirty. We run a very important ‘Don’t Drink and Drown’ campaign with the Royal Life Saving Society to caution students to act responsibly near water after a night out.
5. Your meningococcal bacteria
What I’m trying to say here is that we highly advise that you get yourself the free MenACWY vaccine before coming to uni. One injection to the upper arm protects you from 4 different strains of bacteria that cause meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning). If you aren’t vaccinated, you put yourself and others, (such as people who can’t have the vaccine themselves), at risk.
6. Your partner or significant other
Long-distance can be hard and you’ll miss your partner a lot, but don’t bring them along to your Freshers’ Week. Take the time to meet new friends and adjust to your new lifestyle before introducing them to everyone.
7. Brand new textbooks
A lot of your course materials will be available at the library and online, so don’t feel like you need to buy a truckload of essential readings. This will be costly and most likely unnecessary. If you definitely need a textbook for a course or module you can find second- hand copies online for much cheaper. You could also try getting in touch with your department to see if they have any books that other students have donated.
8. A car
York is a fairly small city, meaning everywhere is accessible by walking, cycling or catching a bus. The city centre is a 20 minute walk from campus and there is a free shuttle bus between Campus East and Campus West. A car is unnecessary for most first-years, as only certain people can apply for a parking permit.