Tuesday, April 30, 2013

UK Power Adaptors

The standard power plug and socket design used in the UK is the BS1363, which consists of two horizontal, rectangular pins at the bottom and a larger, vertical pin at the top. 

If your move to Oxford is an international one and you're planning on packing items such as your camera, mobile phone, laptop, hairdryer or electric shaver, don't forget to buy a couple of UK power adapters at the airport before you arrive. Depending on where you are traveling from, they can be much harder to find once you've entered the country and a lot more expensive!

The BS1363 design is also used in Ireland, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong, Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE, Qatar, Yemen, Oman, Cyprus, Malta, Gibraltar, Botswana, Ghana and Zimbabwe as well as several of the former British Caribbean colonies such as Belize, Dominica, St Lucia, St Vincent and Grenada.

Moving is stressful at the best of times, but relocating to a new country can take it to a whole new level. That said, there are lots of things you can do before you leave to alleviate these pressures and ensure that your move to Oxford is a smooth one. Check out The Oxford Freshers guide to Everything you need to know before you arrive, for lots of helpful tips.

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