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I need big help in making "the list". Everything from clothing (I'm from Florida-90 degrees here today), to should I buy a PC or Mac laptop. I'll be studying Biological Sciences.

I appreciate any help that anyone can offer and...thank you.
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Oooh yeh another Biologist We are a rare breed Which college?

90 degrees? You're so lucky!! Once term starts we'll be likely if we see (Does quick fahrenheit calculation....) 60 degrees!

Make sure you've got plenty of wooly jumpers and a nice hat I'm actually serious... you wouldn't believe how many jumpers I'm bringing! As far as I can tell from everyone else we'll end up being semi-smart for tutes but it'll be too cold to be properly smart hehe so make sure you've got suit-ish trousers, but lots of jumpers to go with

I'm probably better off letting the real students reply as I'm as :confused: as you are... but I wanted to say hi!!
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Semi-Smart for Tutes?

I hope supervisions at Cambridge don't require that, I don't think I have anything remotely un-kooky in my wardrobe!
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Hehe ah compared to what I wear normally a black plastic binliner would be semi-smart
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I wouldn't worry about what you wear to tutes! I usually just wear my jeans and top/jumper! I have also turned up to several tutorials wearing my rowing lycra, competition top and have bluew war-paint on my face....my tutor smiled and went "did you win?" lol
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no-one I know is at all smart for supervision.\

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Hehe brilliant scrap that plan then
I'm liking the rowing story Chloe... I did my GCSE Biology coursework dressed as a 17th century Lady 'twas a fun day...
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Smart clothes are definitely not necessary for tutes at Oxford :|

Bring a COAT! My friend from Cali made that little mistake and didn't and froze the whole of last year. Things like kettles etc you can obviously buy (and leave in storage) here so go for personal possessions (photos, music, accessories) and clothes, and pretty much everything else can be bought (and itll be worth it cos there's no point dragging kettles, bed linen and cutlery back and forth six times a year).
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Thanks for the reply. I don't know that I'm that lucky!!! Our electric bill is sky high just trying not to suffocate from the heat!

I made an Open Application and was accepted to St. Hilda's. Does anyone know anything about life at that College?

BTW...what is a jumper? Here in the States, it's a dress that you wear over a shirt or sweater. What type of shoes do you wear there -rains a lot? We wear sandals or flip-flops for 10 months a year-sneakers the other 2 months. Jeans are common attire here-there?

Is it possible to bring sheets, etc. and just leave them in storage or do we have to bring everything back & forth?
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st. hilda's is a girls only college... a jumper is like a sweater. sneakers aka trainers tend to be worn on feet and jeans are common attire anywhere methinks. my own college suggests bringin sheets etc and we have storage facilities, but i dunno about hildas...
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A few more questions -

What storage can internationals count on? Do the colleges allow us to store, say, a trunk and a couple of big boxes (with sheets, clothes for next year, etc.) between terms and over summer?

Any idea what the beds are like? Wondering if the bed sizes are the same as in the US, and if I should bring a foam or featherbed mattress topper.
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Yep St Hilda's is the All Girls college of Oxford - but apparently a lot of fun anyway

For footware you DEFINITELY need sneakers (hehe that sounds so funny ) or even decent boots because it gets COLD!

I'm afraid I can't answer questions about internationals - I'd post another thread if I were you - but I would presume Oxford will offer some kind of international storage facilities...

Beds... are beds. They vary from college to college and hall to hall. UK standard bed size is 6 foot by 3 foot - perfectly fine for one person
I don't think you're gonna need a mattress topper unless you're very particular about your mattress!! And even if you need to I'm guessing you could buy one here cos that's gonna cost a lot to ship!!
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Beds... are beds. They vary from college to college and hall to hall. UK standard bed size is 6 foot by 3 foot - perfectly fine for one person
Lol, not for my friend at Cambridge! He's about 6"5 and had to lobby Trinity to give him a bigger bed cos he didn't fit into his!!
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I just received my fresher’s pack in the mail. It seems they supply pillows and blankets but not sheets and towels.

From the information received, I still don’t know the Hall at which I will be living. It appears that I will find out when I arrive?

Do most colleges serve meals on the weekends or are you on your own? I don’t plan to cook, really. Maybe I should bring peanut butter!

OK…I will buy some boots! I need to buy as much as possible here because of the exchange rate.
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(Original post by Boshi)
I just received my fresher’s pack in the mail. It seems they supply pillows and blankets but not sheets and towels.

From the information received, I still don’t know the Hall at which I will be living. It appears that I will find out when I arrive?

Do most colleges serve meals on the weekends or are you on your own? I don’t plan to cook, really. Maybe I should bring peanut butter!

OK…I will buy some boots! I need to buy as much as possible here because of the exchange rate.

Heya! I used to live in Florida when I was little (Fort Walton Beach)!

Sheets can be purchased reasonably cheaply, as can towels, if you want to cut down on things to bring. We sell peanut butter . Ooh, buy a mini-umbrella when you arrive.
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OK, then. I'll buy there! I live on the East coast-near Cocoa Beach. Go Ron Jon's!
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Good thread! I'm also coming to Oxford from the USA (NYC here) and have yet to start the packing process. Can't say I'm looking to that process particularly much, though.
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Be warned... English peanut butter is not as sweet as American

(My sister flat-shared with two American students from Loyola and they stock-piled peanut butter when Kendal's mum came to visit!)
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Good thread! I'm also coming to Oxford from the USA (NYC here) and have yet to start the packing process. Can't say I'm looking to that process particularly much, though.
dont forget a plug adaptor for your laptop power cord and other stuff! I forgot to get a UK-> US one before i went uk to cali and its *really* annoying me!
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I know this sounds sooo vain but anyways I'm going to Oxford but I HATE wearing sneakers and live in high heels. Is it possible to bike around in high heeled boots??
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