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You'll likely have a long list of questions about what to pack, what the residences are like, and how to check in after arrival! Read on to find out more!

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO PACK?

 

IN YOUR CARRY ON:

Passport & Travel Documents

Keep your passport in a secure folder, together with other travel documents, such as your CAS statement/visa letter, insurance policy, emergency contact numbers and directions to your FIE residence

Wallet, Cash & Cards

You will never need to carry too much cash, as credit and debit cards are widely accepted forms of payment throughout Europe - you should however have a small amount to hand for arrival day expenses such as taxis and food

Cell Phone

You must have a working cell phone that FIE can contact you on in case of emergencies - please submit your number under the "Contact Number While Abroad" questionnaire on the application portal and notify FIE of any updates

Laptop & Headphones

All students are required to bring a laptop and compatible headphones to use for any online learning – if you do not own a personal laptop, please contact your home institution as they may be able to loan one to you

Chargers & Power Banks

Don’t forget to bring the corresponding chargers and cables for your phone, laptop and other electrical devices – we also recommend bringing a power bank so that you can charge items, such as your phone, while you’re on-the-go

Travel Adapters & Power Converter

You will need travel adapters in order to charge your devices in the UK (look for the adapters with three rectangular prongs) – some electrical devices may also require a power converter as the European Current is 220v

Medication

If you take prescription medication, you should bring at least 3 month’s supply in the original containers – it is also advisable to bring a letter from your practitioner - click here for further guidance on bringing medication to the UK

Face Masks & Thermometers

You must bring your own face masks to wear in specified areas of the campus and your own thermometer in case you need to check your temperature - click here for further guidance from the UK government on wearing face masks

 
IN YOUR CHECKED BAG:

Coats & Jackets

The weather in the UK is variable, but generally mild throughout the year - we recommend that you bring a light jacket, a raincoat and, for colder weather or prolonged periods outside, a heavier winter coat

Sweaters

In London you’ll be warm one minute and chilly the next, so don’t forget your layers! You should bring a small selection of sweaters, cardigans, and hoodies for daily wear - we also love to see sweaters that represent your home institution!

Casual Wear

Bring a selection of shirts, t-shirts, dresses, pants, jeans, skirts, shorts, joggers and/or leggings for daily wear - this is often where people overpack so be cautious that you don't pack too much!

Smart Clothes

Bring a selection of smart shirts, blazers, dresses, pants, and/or skirts to wear for occasions that require a smart/formal look – if you’re taking an internship, click here for a guide on what to wear from our Experiential Education Team

Underwear & Sleepwear

Pack comfortable sleepwear that will keep you warm at night and is suitable to wear in front of your fellow residents if you pop to the kitchen for a midnight snack - don’t forget to also pack plenty of underwear and pairs of socks

Footwear

We recommend bringing a few different pairs of shoes - you'll need smart shoes, causal shoes, sneakers, and sturdy walking shoes or boots – these will likely be the bulkiest items in your luggage so don't pack too many pairs!

Accessories

It’s important to bring practical items such as hats, gloves, scarves, belts, and ties, but if you're someone who likes accessories, don't forget your jewelry and other add-ons - keep any expensive or sentimental items in your carry-on

Athleisure

If you’re a “sporty” person, or keen to try out a new activity while studying abroad in London, bring appropriate clothing e.g. gym shorts, swimwear – click here for more information on gyms and other fitness opportunities in London

Towels & Toiletries

Bath towels, hand towels and washclothes can go in your checked luggage, along with any soaps, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste and other toiletries that exceed the 3.4oz / 100ml liquid limit - don't forget your tootbrush!

 

WHEN WILL I FIND OUT ABOUT MY HOUSING PLACEMENT?

You will be notified of your housing allocation approximately one month prior to arrival via email

 

CAN I MOVE INTO HOUSING EARLY?

Your housing is available for the duration of your program only and FIE cannot cater for early arrivals or late checkouts

 

IS BED LINEN PROVIDED?

Yes - bed linen is provided (fitted sheet, duvet, duvet cover, pillowcase, and pillow) and you may choose to have your bedding changed once a week

 

WHAT KITCHEN ITEMS ARE PROVIDED?

Pots, pans, tableware, glassware, cups, cutlery, dish soap, dish clothes and dish towels are provided along with the necessary applicances (oven, microwave, electric kettle, refrigerator/freezer)

 

WHERE IS MY RESIDENCE?

Most of the residences are located in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, within 10-15 minutes walk to Foundation House and at least one of the following tube stations: Gloucester Road, High Street Kensington, South Kensington, or Earl’s Court.

*Please note* that due to a significant increase in enrollment, some student groups may be placed in housing outside of the Kensington area. Just like students in FIE’s residential buildings, students in new accommodations will be notified within 30 days of the program start date and given details of their housing placements. These additional residences are of high quality and boast excellent locations in the city, with only a slightly longer commute to FIE’s Foundation House. Please contact our Director of Residence Life with any questions. 

 

WHAT TIME CAN I CHECK IN TO MY RESIDENCE?

You will receive an email from our Residence Life Team approximately 30 days before your arrival in London. Our "standard" check-in time is 10:00 am on your arrival date. However, this is subject to availability and could be as late as 2:00 pm on the day of your arrival. Therefore, a "safe" time to ensure you can get into your room immediately is 2:00 pm. You should plan to arrive at the airport no later than 12:00 noon on the day of your arrival to get through customs and to be at your residence. 

 

CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE WITH FIE BEFORE OR AFTER MY PROGRAM DATES?

FIE will NOT store your luggage for you before or after your program dates. If you are planning on traveling before, during or after your stay in FIE’s residences, you may have luggage and/or items that you don’t really want to drag along with you. Most rail, airline and coach terminals in London offer some sort of storage for luggage (often called “left luggage”). These facilities are generally operated by businesses that are independent of the stations, airports or Transportation for London, so be sure to pay attention to their terms of storage and particularly their hours as they may be different from the stations’ or airports’ (as in not open 24 hours, 7 days a week!). Please read your email regarding your housing assignment from our Department of Residence Life approximately 30 days before arrival.  

 

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