What kind of clothes should you, as a new Malaysian student, bring to Leeds during your first year here? Here's a list that's been curated for you on clothing that we'd recommend bringing from home, as well as clothes that you're better off buying here in the Leeds instead. We've also provided a general checklist on the types of attire you should bring when you're packing!
UK weather can get quite cold, and if you’re used to the Malaysian heat, you might need some time to adjust to the temperatures here. Not to mention that it also rains a LOT (though it’s mostly light drizzles compared to the stormy showers we get at home)!
CLOTHES WE SUGGEST BRINGING FROM HOME:
There are lots of stores in Malaysia which sell thin but warm under-layers which tend to be cheaper than what you’ll find here (my personal favourite underlayers are from UNIQLO!). On top of that, they also don’t take up a lot of space in your luggage so it’s worth bringing from home!
2. Traditional clothes
Leeds university consists of a very diverse and international community, and oftentimes there will be events where you can showcase your traditional clothing from home (watch out for some events held by LUMSOC soon!) It’s good to keep a pair handy!
3. A formal/'fancy' outfit
Have a favourite dinner our night-out outfit? Bring it with you! There will be events in the university (of course, including those hosted by LUMSOC ourselves, such as our annual ball night, where we celebrate the hard work our members have done throughout the year as well as to commemorate all the precious memories we've made!) where you'll get to dress up!
CLOTHES WE SUGGEST BUYING IN THE UK:
Big and heavier clothing, such as coats/jackets
As these take up a lot of luggage space and weight, it’s better to purchase them here in Leeds instead. The city centre has lots of places where you can purchase big and warm coats (psst: Primark has a very large variety of very comfortable outer-layer clothes for below £35!)
GENERAL CLOTHING ESSENTIALS CHECKLIST:
Underlayer clothing (to wear under your normal layer of clothes, for added warmth)
A comfortable pair of shoes (you’re going to be doing a lot of walking, and Leeds is a very hilly place…)
Outfits for special and/or formal events (Dresses or Tuxedos)
A pair of gloves
WRITTEN BY AMEERAH, SOCIAL OFFICER & EVENTS DIRECTOR.
EDITED BY AARON CHUAH, PRESIDENT.