Official University Guide on Prohibited Items

These are some tips of what to bring for moving in. Don’t forget that despite being a small city, Durham has plenty of shops for you to pick up anything you’ve forgotten.


Items Prohibited in Study Bedrooms

To keep us all safe, the following items are prohibited from all Durham University study bedrooms:

  • Cooking and cooling items such as: toasters; kettles; George Foreman grills; rice cookers; microwave ovens; cookers or hot plates; coffee machines; toastie makers; omelette makers; deep fat fryers; pressure cookers; slow cookers; popcorn machines; fridges*; freezers*

  • Other electrical items such as: block adapters (fused extension boards only); incense burners; plug-in air fresheners; irons; portable heaters*; electric blankets*; fans*; air conditioners*; dehumidifiers*; mains-operated fairy lights; clothes dryers; any electrical items without a CE mark or kite mark; clothes washers

  • Other fire hazards such as: anything with a naked flame such as candles, tea lights etc.; any equipment which uses a gas canister; incense sticks; shisha pipes; flammable liquids

  • Other items such as: pets including goldfish; door wedges

  • Items prohibited on all University premises such as: drinking game and drug paraphernalia; shisha pipes; fireworks; barbeques

These lists cannot be considered exhaustive, and college officers may remove other items if they are considered to be a danger. If in doubt, please seek advice from the College Reception first.

Medical Exemptions

The items above marked with an asterisk may, in exceptional circumstances, be permitted in study bedrooms with medical exemption. Applications for medical exemptions should be made to College Office, and may require the submission of supporting evidence provided by your own GP or the University’s Disability Services.

Where additional heating is required for those with medical exemptions, then these will be provided by the College.

Items Prohibited in Pantries in Catered Colleges

 To keep us all safe, the following items are prohibited from all pantries in Durham University catered colleges: 

  • Cooking and cooling items such as: George Foreman grills; rice cookers; cookers or hot plates; coffee machines; toastie makers; omelette makers; deep fat fryers; pressure cookers; slow cookers; popcorn machines

  • Other electrical  items such as: block adapters (fused extension boards only); incense burners; plug-in air fresheners; irons; portable heaters; fans; air conditioners; dehumidifiers; mains-operated fairy lights; clothes dryers; any electrical items without a CE mark or kite mark; clothes washers

  • Other fire hazards such as: anything with a naked flame such as candles, tea lights etc.; any equipment which uses a gas canister; incense sticks; shisha pipes; flammable liquids

  • Other items such as: pets including goldfish; door wedges

  • Items prohibited on all University premises such as: drinking game and drug paraphernalia; fireworks; barbeques

These lists cannot be considered exhaustive, and college officers may remove other items if they are considered to be a danger. If in doubt, please seek advice from the Operations Manager first.

Items Prohibited in Kitchens in Non-Catered Colleges

To keep us all safe, the following items are prohibited from all kitchens in Durham University non- catered colleges:

  • High-Risk Cooking items such as deep fat fryers

  • Rice cookers may only be used if provided with a CE marked lead, which are available from the college. Please ask at Reception

  • Generally students’ ow n cooking devices (such as toasters, toastie machines etc.) must be PAT tested. Please ask at reception

  • Other electrical items such as: block adapters (fused extension boards only); incense burners; plug-in air fresheners; portable heaters; fans; air conditioners; dehumidifiers; mains-operated fairy lights; clothes dryers; any electrical items without a CE mark or kite mark; clothes washers

  • Other fire hazards such as: anything with a naked flame such as candles, tea lights etc.; any equipment which uses a gas canister; incense sticks; shisha pipes; flammable liquids

  • Other items such as: pets including goldfish; door wedges

  • Items prohibited on all University premises such as: drinking game and drug paraphernalia; fireworks; barbeques

These lists cannot be considered exhaustive, and college officers may remove other items if they are considered to be a danger. If in doubt, please seek advice from the College Reception first.


 
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