Baby Equipment Service for Students

What is the Baby Equipment Service for Students?

The Baby Equipment Service for Students (BESS) is an affordable way for student parents to loan good quality second hand baby equipment for a low cost. Students pay a registration fee to join the service, and a fee per year per item. Please see our catalogue below for a full list of the equipment that we stock.

How do I borrow equipment?

Students must be registered at Newcastle University.

This service operates by appointment only. To arrange an appointment you can either ring the Student Advice Centre on 0191 2393979, email giving details of equipment you wish to loan also the age of baby/child, or fill out our order form with which equipment you’d like to hire.

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Making an appointment

You can call, email or drop in to book an appointment during the normal Student Advice Centre Opening Times. The BESS Service can only offer appointments and you will need to book first as we don't offer a drop in service.


What equipment is available?

*Please note that sterilisers do not come with bottles and cleaning brushes.

How much does it cost?

There is a £10.00 registration fee for the Baby Equipment Service for Students which will cover you for the duration of your time at Newcastle University. The charge to borrow equipment varies for different items. Double pushchairs are £20.00 per year, larger items (cots, pushchairs) are £10.00 per year; smaller items (sterilisers, bed guards, monitors etc.) are £5.00 per year. All of our equipment is of a good quality and is thoroughly cleaned and sterilised before it goes out on loan. However, it must be noted that this is a second-hand rental service so the equipment has been used before.

Other information

Check out this useful immunisation guide for parents with young children and this routine immunisation schedule.

Look at this information in case your child is sick

Fire Safety information for parents and child carers


Parenting and Childcare Support Survey for Students

'The overall aim of the Review of Parenting and Childcare Support is to better understand the challenges faced by parents at Newcastle University, and to make recommendations for how the University can better support its staff and students.In collaboration with NUSU, this survey aims to gather the experiences of students (undergraduate and postgraduate) who are taking or have taken periods of parenting leave whilst studying at Newcastle University, and/or who have current childcare responsibilities.' 

You can take part in the survey here.