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What to Pack for Uni

By now you will have been accepted into uni - so first things first, congratulations is in order! You are going through a very exciting time and I am sure you have already started to think about what you will be taking to uni with you.


We understand packing for uni can be a very overwhelming task, and if you’re anything like me, you will be wanting to take EVERYTHING with you. Realistically, most uni rooms are fairly small and often don’t have a large amount of storage space. But fear not, we have put together a comprehensive list of items we think are important for you to think about taking. Don’t forget you aren’t moving to a desert island, where what you have is what you’ve got - you can buy things when you are there as well.


Our packing list is broken down into the following categories:

  1. Important documents

  2. Electrical items

  3. Clothing

  4. Bedroom items

  5. Bathroom items

  6. Toiletries/medical supplies

  7. Kitchen items

  8. Academic items

  9. Miscellaneous



IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

Although it is likely that you will rarely use these documents, it is very important to have them with you whilst you are at university. Make sure you have hard and soft copies and keep the hard copies in a folder, in a safe place so you can find them if and when you need them. During my first few weeks of uni I lost my whole purse which had my ID, student ID, bank cards etc, so having all these documents on hand was very useful for re-ordering my cards and proving my identity.


  1. Passport/driving licence/some sort of ID

  • I personally always had my driving licence on me for going out etc, however, it is important to have your passport with you in case you need it when starting a new job, or if you decide to go abroad! I would not, however, recommend taking your passport out on a night out if you can possibly avoid it (this is very expensive to replace if lost!)

  1. Student Finance Documents - incase for some reason your loan doesn’t come through or there are any kind of issues surrounding this

  2. University documents e.g. acceptance letter, accommodation choices (this will have your address on it too) etc

  3. Bank details and bank card

  4. Passport photos

  5. National Insurance Card


ELECTRICAL ITEMS

You can’t make it through uni without a laptop (especially during these times, where so much of it will be online). We have comprised a list of essential and non-essential electrical items we believe you should take with you.


  1. Laptop and charger

  2. Phone and charger (bring several cables if you have them, they’re bound to go missing and/or break)

  3. Headphones

  4. Hair dryer/straightener/curling wand

  5. USB

  6. Extension lead (!!)

  7. Speakers

  8. Ethernet cable (most uni rooms will have an ethernet port to plug the cable in)

  9. Camera (optional as most people use their phones)



CLOTHING

I found that most of the clothes I wore at uni were either one extreme or another - I would be full going out attire, or full slob attire. However, we have made a list for all your clothing needs.


  1. Comfortable clothes

  2. ‘Going out out’/party/clubbing clothing

  3. Everyday clothing and shoes (lectures/brunch with your mates)

  4. Smart/casual clothes

  5. Formal clothing and shoes (balls, society dinners etc)

  6. Sports clothing (and anything essential for the sport you want to play e.g. shinpads)

  7. Swimwear

  8. Costumes - if you are part of a society most weeks they do a social where you have to dress up, so if you already have some costumes with you, definitely bring them as this will save you money throughout the year

  9. Slippers/sliders - could not recommend these enough! My kitchen floor was always grim and if you didn't wear something on your feet you would get things stuck to your socks…

  10. Nightwear

  11. Dressing Gown

  12. Flipflops - especially useful if you have a shared bathroom

  13. Raincoat

  14. Seasonal clothing (hats, scarves, gloves, sunglasses etc)



BEDROOM ITEMS

When you join your halls all of your furniture will be already in place, so all you have to think about is the basics. Make sure you check the size of your bed so you know what linen to get! These are all the essentials we think you should have, but we have put all bedroom decoration items in the miscellaneous list.


  1. Duvet and pillows

  2. Mattress protector

  3. Bed linen - duvet cover, pillow covers, bed sheets - I took two sets with me

  4. Laundry basket/bag

  5. Hot water bottle

  6. Bin

  7. Mini sewing kit

  8. Doorstop

  9. Earplugs

  10. Coathangers

  11. Over the door hooks



BATHROOM ITEMS

This list will vary depending on whether you have an en-suite or you are sharing bathroom facilities, but we’ve got you covered either way! If you don’t have an en-suite, most rooms will have a sink which can be very useful, but make sure you check with your accommodation first.


  1. Towels (for body and face) - I took two sets so I had one to use if the other was in the wash, or if I had guests over

  2. Toothbrush and toothpaste

  3. Shampoo and conditioner

  4. Body wash

  5. Hand soap

  6. Bathrobe

  7. Shower shoes (a must for communal bathrooms)

  8. Cleaning supplies e.g. cleaning sponges/clothes, shower spray, bleach, toilet cleaner, anti-bac etc (en-suite)

  9. Toilet roll (en-suite)

  10. Bath mat (en-suite)

  11. Bathroom caddy (to carry all your stuff to the shower if you are in a shared bathroom)



TOILETRIES/MEDICAL SUPPLIES

It is super important to make sure you have all your medical and toiletries with you, however, don't forget you can buy these once you’re there. I would also recommend letting your doctor know that you are going to uni and asking them if you can stock up on any prescriptions because sometimes it can take a while for your records to get across to your new GP and you don't want to be left short


  1. Prescription medication

  2. Paracetamol / Nurofen / Ibuprofen

  3. Cough medicine (I had a horrendous cough after freshers week, which lasted for over a month so this was a life saviour)

  4. Plasters

  5. Antiseptic cream / wipes

  6. Sanitary products

  7. Birth control pills (if applicable)

  8. Condoms

  9. Multivitamins

  10. Razors / hair removal items

  11. Makeup

  12. Suncream

  13. Hair bobbles / clips



KITCHEN ITEMS

Make sure you check before you arrive at uni what will be included in the kitchen and go from there. Usually, uni halls provide a toaster, kettle and microwave, so you don't have to worry about getting those. Below is a list of everything we think you should take to uni:


  1. Bowls and plates (2 of each are recommended, but make sure you do your washing up or you'll be left with nothing to eat off of!)

  2. Cutlery (I had x4 forks, knives, spoons and teaspoons. I would also recommend getting cutlery which stands out so it doesn't get lost with all the silverware).

  3. Mugs

  4. Glasses/cups

  5. Chopping board

  6. Sharp knife

  7. Frying Pan

  8. Wok

  9. Saucepan

  10. Baking Tray (you can get round ones for pizza too - would recommend)

  11. Casserole dish

  12. Bottle opener

  13. Tin opener

  14. Cheese grater

  15. Vegetable peeler

  16. Tupperware

  17. Reusable water bottle

  18. Travel flask

  19. Dishcloths/sponges - we recommend the Dishmatic one where you can put the washing up liquid in the handle

  20. Tea towels

  21. Oven gloves

  22. Blender (great for smoothies, soup etc)

  23. Toastie machine (completely optional but I love my George Foreman as I use it to cook vegetables, as well as my cheese toasties)



ACADEMIC ITEMS

Again, all of these items can be bought when you get there, in fact I did a massive Amazon order to my accommodation of all the academic things I needed so I didn’t have to trek it all the way up to uni.


  1. Diary / journal / planner

  2. Notepads / writing paper

  3. Folders

  4. Dividers

  5. Plastic wallets (optional, but I love them)

  6. Sticky notes

  7. Pens / pencils / highlighters

  8. Calculator (if applicable for your subject)

  9. Paper clips

  10. Stapler and staples

  11. Sellotape


PLEASE NOTE your university will send you a recommended reading list, but it’s best to purchase these books once you arrive. Not only will these textbooks cost A LOT, but they will add unnecessary weight to your luggage. My advice is to get as many books as you can from the library (after all this is what it is for) and anything the libraries don't have, or are short on, I would recommend buying second hand.



MISCELLANEOUS

These random items might slip your mind when you are packing, some are just useful to have whilst others can be used for decorating your new room! Don’t forget to check what your halls allow and don't allow - most will only allow you to have battery operated fairy lights and won’t want you sticking things to the walls.


  1. Blu Tac / washi tape (won't leave marks on the walls)

  2. Pins (most uni rooms have a pinboard)

  3. Febreeze / air freshener

  4. Fairy lights (battery operated)

  5. Plants (real or fake) for decoration

  6. Alarm clock

  7. Playing cards

  8. Cushions / blanket for your bed

  9. Full length mirror

  10. Photos of family and friends

  11. Umbrella

  12. Batteries

  13. Storage boxes (check if you can store items under the bed, if so this is a great way to store shoes etc)



CHECK BEFORE YOU PACK

As mentioned before, halls will have a few things included already, so make sure you check before you pack what appliances will already be there and what you are not allowed in your uni room. Please be aware that most unis will want you to have your electrical equipment tested before you bring it with you, to ensure they are safe. Here is a list of things you may want to check you’re allowed to bring before you pack them:


  1. Candles

  2. Kettle (in your room and in the kitchen)

  3. Toaster

  4. Microwave

  5. Mini Fridge (in your room)

  6. Coffee maker

  7. Toastie machine

  8. Posters

  9. TV

  10. Printer

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