Electrical Items in Residences Electrical Items in Residences

Before arriving at UEA you must make sure any additional electrical equipment you bring is safe to use.


International students should be aware that equipment brought into this country may not be safe for immediate connection. The electricity supply in the UK is 230 volts with a frequency of 50 Hertz. All equipment should comply with British or European safety standards.Make sure your electrical appliances are connected to a British 3-pin plug fitted with an appropriate fuse.


You may wish to wait until you arrive before deciding to buy some equipment. You may be able to share with your flatmates.


You must not interfere with electrical equipment provided by the university.


If something goes wrong please report it to the Estates Helpdesk on 01603 592121. Outside normal working hours, calls to this number will be picked up by Security.


We strongly recommend that you do not store any electrical items underneath your wash basin. You should not keep any electrical items in your bathroom. All residents are responsible for the safety of their personal electrical equipment.


UEA Estates do not PAT test electrical items belonging to students.

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Prohibited Items Prohibited Items

The items listed on the right are strictly prohibited in UEA residences, so please do not bring any of these with you.

If you do bring these items, and do not remove them immediately when asked, you may be asked to leave our residences.

  • Fridge (unless you have gained prior permission on medical grounds)
  • Microwave (except in two bedroom units and Mary Chapman Court – one microwave per kitchen)
  • Mini oven/grill, heater
  • Washing machine

Electrical items you are allowed to bring into UEA residences include:

  • PC, Laptop or Tablet
  • Kettle
  • Iron (to be used with the ironing board (if provided) in your flat)
  • Hairdryer
  • Shaver