Packing and planning for your stay


You will need to make preparations for your stay in the UK and pack appropriate items to bring with you.

Budgeting and cost of living


You will need to show your financial support to get a visa for the UK (see the visa information page). You will also need to consider what you will need to spend your money on. These links will help you:

What do you need to pack?


Here at Stirling, no two students are alike – and neither are their suitcases. But if you're wondering what sort of basic items you'll want to bring to the UK with you, here's a quick guide:


Hand Luggage

You will be able to bring one small bag on your flight. Things to put in this bag:

  • Overnight toiletries (in case your main luggage is delayed)
  • Documents from the University (programme of studies information, accommodation forms, your CAS letter and information)
  • Something to read on the flight/at the airport
  • Essential medication (plus confirmation from your doctor that you need this medicine)

Remember that there are restrictions on what you may carry in your hand luggage. Heathrow Airport security information gives useful guidance.


Clothes and the weather

You can check the weather forecast for Stirling at the Met Office.

The weather in Scotland is variable. Summer temperatures are usually 18-25 degrees celsius (daytime) while in winter the temperature can be as low as minus 5 degrees and high temperatures can be around 10 degrees.

Weather changes quickly – we can have both rain and sunshine within an hour

We suggest you bring at least one raincoat and warm coat or jacket with you. In winter you will need waterproof boots, gloves, scarf and hat. It is best to keep warm by wearing many layers of clothing rather than one thick layer. Winter coats and clothing can be bought in Stirling if they are not readily available at home.

We suggest you plan to buy some of your clothes in the UK after you have some experience of the climate.


Household items

Check with your accommodation provider what items are included in your accommodation – you may need to buy some kitchen equipment and bedding after your arrival in the UK so check what you will need for the first few nights.

It’s best to buy heavier items in the UK to avoid exceeding your baggage allowance.


Restricted goods

There are restrictions on bringing some goods to the UK (for example, alcohol, drugs and some food products). For more information, see the UK Border Agency web page on customs.

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