BEFORE YOU LEAVE HOME Getting your things to Oxford 16 § Luggage to carry with you § Sending luggage to § Using buses - not cars Oxford Do not bring too many things with you as There is no parking for cars on the Oxford you will have to carry your own suitcases If you need more than you can carry with Brookes campuses or at the halls of (luggage/baggage). Coaches and taxis do you, you can send your belongings by sea residence, and very little parking in the city of not have much space for luggage (see or air. Check at least three freight Oxford. We advise you NOT to bring a car. If ‘Travelling to Oxford’ page 26). Your room companies for the best prices and service. you live in an Oxford Brookes hall of may also be small and not have much Think about whether you can trust the residence, it is a condition of your tenancy space in which to keep your things. company you choose. that you do not keep a car in Oxford. Put labels on the inside and outside of your If you are sending them separately, pack If you live in off-campus accommodation, luggage. If you are going into a hall of your things carefully so that they do not you do not need a car. Oxford has good residence, put the full address on your break, and insure them for damage. public transport within the city and excellent suitcases. You will get the address with Address them to yourself at your hall of transport links to the rest of the country, your hall contract. residence or your personal address in especially London. We run Brookes buses Oxford. Do not put ‘Oxford Brookes which give unlimited travel between Remember, if part of your journey is by University’ on its own, because your parcel campuses, halls of residence, supermarkets plane do not pack sharp objects such as may get lost. You should bring the luggage and the city centre. ( See ‘Brookes Bus scissors and tweezers in your hand luggage with you that you will need in the first few pass’ page 21). because they may be taken away from you weeks and plan for the rest of your by the airport security staff. Check with your belongings to arrive AFTER you do. If you do bring a car it is very important that airline if there are any other restrictions on you know the UK laws about driving and what you can put in your hand luggage. You have to be here to receive your owning a car. For example, you have to pay luggage; Oxford Brookes cannot accept road tax and buy motor insurance. If you delivery of students’ belongings before are not properly insured to drive a car in the § Customs rules and students arrive. UK, you are breaking the law. regulations T Fill in all the forms and state what is in your Find out more luggage. Write on the forms that the items Driving in the UK What are the customs regulations for the are ‘personal effects, part of a temporary www.ukcosa.org.uk/files/pdf/ UK? move to Britain as an international student’. info_sheets/driving.pdf There are rules about what you cannot bring into the UK. If you are unsure about The customs officials may open your belongings and look at them, but they are what you can bring to the UK, check with the British Embassy or High Commission in less likely to do so if you give full details on § Bicycles your country. If you bring things that are not the forms. allowed into the UK – such as drugs, Many students in Oxford choose to ride T weapons, animals and plants – you may Find out more bicycles and buy second-hand (used) have to pay a large fine or be put in prison. www.brookes.ac.uk/student/ bicycles/bikes after they arrive. If you ride services/isas/baggage.html a bicycle you need to make sure you know and follow the rules of the road and that T Find out more your bike is safe. There is a weekly ‘bicycle HM Revenue & Customs clinic’ for free bike repairs at Oxford www.hmrc.gov.uk/ click on Brookes where you only pay for new parts ‘travel information’. that your bike needs. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs www.defra.gov.uk/ click on ‘animal health & welfare’.