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FAQs - electrical items in halls

By ResLifeBath 11 Oct 2023

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We frequently get asked about the electrical items provided in halls and what items can and cannot be brought from home. We make sure our accommodations are kitted out with all the essentials and that these essentials are properly tested so they meet the latest safety standards. For any other items you might bring, the questions and answers below will explain what you need to know.

What electrical items can't I set up in my flat?

To stick within our health, safety and fire guidance we have strict rules on what electrical items you can't bring. These are as follows:

  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Deep-fat fryer
  • Microwave oven
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Gas appliance
  • Space heater
  • Paraffin heater or oil heater
  • Portable fan heater
  • Electric fire
  • Electric blanket
  • 13-amp socket adapter plugs
  • Barbecue
  • Lighting (except free-standing desk lamps and LED fairy lights)
Or there any exceptions?

You may bring kitchen appliances like a rice cooker, air fryer, coffee machine, or toastie maker for use in the kitchen, provided they adhere to the relevant British Standard and were acquired within the European Union. Please refrain from using these appliances in the bedrooms; if cooking devices are discovered in your bedroom, they will be taken away.

If you need to store refrigerated medicines in your room, you must complete and return the additional requirements accommodation form and provide supporting medical evidence. We will then organise for a small fridge to be in your room.

What is PAT testing and how do I get it done?

You must request for your items to be PAT tested by contacting the ResLife Ops team. They will then arrange a time to come over to your flat and test the requested items with the right equipment. Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is in place to make sure any of your electrical items are up to the necessary standards to prevent any accidents or incidents. 

Who can contact if I'm unsure on an electrical item?

You can contact the ResLife team directly for more information:


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