You will need to bring some possesions (clothes, bedding*, stationery etc.) and most students also like to make their College room welcoming - please read the Student Handbook for detail on what decoration is acceptable. Please do not bring unnecessary items: you will be here for about 8 weeks each term and will be expected to remove your possessions and to leave no later than the last day of University Term (i.e. 19th December [except in your first year when you must leave on 1st December], 25th March, 25th June). The College does not have space to store students' property.
* You can bring your own bedding, or you can pre-order linen packs from the College, but you must do this no later than 1 week before your arrival. These will come at a cost of £27.50 and will include a pillow, duvet, fitted sheet, pillow case and duvet case. The linen is in a block colour. College will arrange for these to be in rooms for arrival. Please order a week (at the latest) before the start of the licence via Booker.
Bicycles: You may find a bicycle useful in Cambridge; many undergraduates have a bicycle here and the College provides space to store bikes. Cycling can be hazardous in Cambridge so please cycle safely, wear a helmet and use lights after dark. If you haven't been on the roads in the UK before, you may want to familiarise youself with the Highway Code, particularly those parts relevant to cyclists.
Cars: Cars may not be kept in Cambridge without special permission from both the Senior Tutor and the University authorities. Permission is not normally granted to undergraduates in their first year.
There are many shops in the centre of Cambridge and whilst you may not be able to find essential items on arrival day (hundreds of students will all have forgotten to pack toothpaste!) you can buy a lot of what you need once you're here if you need to travel light. This is certainly true if you think you need a bike. Remember that life-altering head injuries can results from minor falls at low speed - buy and wear a helmet.