Student's rucksack

Your handy checklist

Find out what to bring and what will be provided at the residential

It’s only one night, so we recommend packing light, but there are a few things to consider.

Portsmouth is a city campus, so comfortable shoes for walking are a must. Sportswear is also highly recommended for some of the workshops, and they might even choose to dress up for the disco and celebration event.

Even though their stay is short, there are plenty of activities – this checklist gives you and your child some tips on what to pack for residential.

What does my child need to bring?

  • 1 small bag/suitcase that they can comfortably manage themselves
  • Enough comfortable clothes and shoes for the duration of their stay, including something suitable for physical activities
  • Appropriate sleepwear
  • A change of outfit for the evening and celebration event
  • All the toiletries that they use on a daily basis
  • A spare towel (optional)
  • Any hairdryers or straighteners that they need
  • A waterproof coat in case of bad weather (recommended)
  • Sunscreen in case of hot weather (recommended)
  • Any medication they take, clearly labelled with their name and dosage
  • Face covering (this will be updated as Government guidance changes) – more Covid-19 information available on our FAQs page

Attendees can bring items such as a mobile phone, sunglasses, books or a tablet, but please note that the University cannot take responsibility if items are lost or stolen.

What will be provided?

  • All bedding
  • A hand and bath towel
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between – they’ll even be a free tuck shop at the disco
  • Pen, pencil and notebook for workshops
  • Water bottle to stay hydrated throughout their stay
  • Bag to hold it all in when walking around campus
  • Lanyard to hold the swipe card and key to their room

Even though all meals will be provided, they may choose to bring their own snacks if they wish.


Have any questions about what to pack?

Email us at to discuss anything related to how to pack for the residential.

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