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Luggage checklist

Here are the basic items that all students will have to bring when moving to Scotland. Be sure to not exceed the weight limit of your hold and hand luggage as noted by your airline.   It is important to note that some items are restricted and some that have a limit as to the amount you may bring. For further details, visit UK Government guidanceUKCISA guidance and finally,  the Home Office has produced a video to guide you through customs.

Hold luggage


The weather in Glasgow, and Scotland overall, is very unpredictable. It could be very warm one moment only to be followed by a huge downpour of rain. Therefore, it would be a good idea to bring an umbrella or a raincoat. As most of you will be experiencing only Autumn, Winter, and the start of Spring, it would be best to bring clothing that can keep you warm during the cold winter days. A warm coat would do you well. Although, it may be worthwhile to wait and buy the winter clothing here in Glasgow especially if you come from a country that does not experience all four seasons.

Electrical Equipment

The UK uses 13 amp three-pinned fuse plugs, and the mains electrical power is 230V. Remember to bring your chargers for your mobile device, laptops, camera, etc. Also, you will need to make sure that your chargers will work on the UK mains voltage, and you will also need to bring adapters if your home plugs differ from the UK plugs. Also note that if you are phone is SIM locked, you will not be able to use it with any of the UK service providers.


Small mementos - You may wish to make your room more like home so you could bring some small mementos over including photographs of friends and family, stuffed toys, childhood trinkets, etc.

Sports Equipment

There are many sports clubs to join here at the University of Strathclyde so it is likely that you will be able to find one to your liking. If you have any specialist equipment for a sport, bring them over so you do not need to buy them here.

Hand luggage

  • Valid Passport - make sure that your passport is kept safely in your hand luggage and not in your hold luggage.
  • Bring a night’s worth of clothing just in case there is an issue with your hold luggage. Also keep and extra layer of clothing to keep you from the cold nights of Scotland.
  • Money
    • The currency that used in Scotland is the pound sterling. It is also called Great British Pound (GBP). People in the UK would refer to the currency simply as pound. £ is the recognisable symbol. Make sure you have exchanged enough money in preparation for your move over, but do not bring too much cash as it can be easily lost. Only bring enough for your first few days before you open a UK bank account and can transfer money.

The following list applies only to non-European citizens. In addition to the items listed above, please be sure that the following documents are kept in your hand luggage.

  • Valid entry clearance (sticker in your passport) if applicable
  • Your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) if applicable
  • University of Strathclyde offer letter and/or UCAS confirmation slip
  • University of Strathclyde accommodation confirmation (if applicable)
  • Relevant medical and health certificates showing recent vaccinations, including TB Screening Testing (if applicable)
  • Financial Evidence you used for you visa application
  • Letter from you sponsor (if applicable)
  • Documents used to make your original application for your visa