Yes, you do need pillows, duvet, sheets, and towels.
You can pre-order certain items through the College, or buy things when you get here if you’re stuck for packing space. There are several places nearby that sell kitchen and homeware (Argos and Wilkos on Kensington High Street, and Tyler’s on Notting hill gate). We normally plan a trip to Ikea during fresher’s fortnight.
You will need to bring your own cutlery and cooking utensils. Bring a small padlock for the kitchen cupboard.
Don’t forget some sort of proof of age, as this will probably be important for going out in London.
If you’re coming from abroad you can order a UK SIM card instead of getting a whole new phone. Phone companies in the UK include EE, GiffGaff, Vodafone, O2 and Three. Three also allow you to use your phone abroad in about 30 countries at no extra cost so may be worthwhile checking out if you are planning on travelling around a little. GiffGaff has good deals too.
All the basic bedroom, bathroom and kitchen equipment. Your room has a desk lamp and a wash basket, in addition to the bed, desk, wardrobe, and fridge.
Please do not bring any electrical kitchen equipment (such as rice cookers, hot plates, kettles, toasters, microwaves, …). Safety regulation prohibits the use of cooking equipment in the bedrooms.
Student Oyster Cards are pointless for your first year. A regular Oyster card can be picked up at any major tube station, and you can also use contactless debit cards on buses and tubes instead of an Oyster. Anyone with a Young Person railcard can get this loaded on to their Oyster card – which is the best way of saving money. A Student Oyster only saves you money on passes, which you won’t need for commuting to South Kensington: it’s faster to walk or bike than take public transport.
UK Customs: If you’re travelling from abroad, make sure you’re not bringing anything into the UK you’re not allowed to. It’s also good to check you’re bringing in allowed amounts of other, non-banned items.