Wednesday, May 22, 2024

What To Pack For Uni

Packing for university is an exciting time! But can also be an overwhelming never ending list of things you need to pack, buy or learn (cough googles difference between laundry softener and detergent cough).

Before you start packing or purchasing new things, it is always worth checking what your university will provide you with and/or the accommodation you will be staying in (no one wants to haul a tv all the way to halls only to find out you already had one in your room). Once you have an idea of what will be provided, you can start writing your own checklist of things required. Once all written out you’ll also be able to identify the things you already have and what you will need to buy.

The easiest way is to break down your checklist into rooms, e.g. what will you need for the bathroom, kitchen, bedroom etc.


– Duvet, duvet covers, sheets, mattress protector
– Pillow, pillow cases
– Laptop, laptop charger, camera, phone, phone charger
– Scissors & sello-tape


– Notebooks A4 & A5
– Pens
– Highlighters
– Ruler
– Calculator
– Sticky notes
– Pencil case
– Stapler & staples
– Ring binder


Important documents

– Acceptance letter
– Accommodation contract
– Student finance documents
– Scholarly or bursary documents

  • – Student discount card

– International students may also need to pack their visa
documentation, travel insurance, proof of funds, cash, an English
translation book

– ID, passport, purse, card
– Printer, ink & paper (you more than likely will have access to one on campus)
– TV
– Books, speakers
– Clothes basket
– Clothes horse
– Decorations, a rug, fairy lights, posters, bean bag, cushions etc
– Bags, for nights out and general travel
– Clothes, clothes hangers
– Sunglasses
– Medicine (paracetamol, plasters etc.)
– Headphones
– Extension cables
– USB memory stick
– Games console
– Small mirror
– Clock


  • Mugs
  • – oaster
  • Kettle
  • Cups
  • Glasses
  • – Plates, bowls, side plates etc.
  • – Pans
  • Chopping board
  • – Cutlery, sharp knives
  • Utensils, (wooden spoons, spatula, pizza cutter etc.)
  • – Baking trays
  • Multitool
  • Wok / frying pan
  • Oven gloves
  • Tin foil, clingfilm, bin bags
  • Cupboard essentials
    • – Tea / coffee
    • – Cereal
    • Bread
    • Milk
  • Student recipe book
  • Tupperware
  • Can opener
  • Bottle opener
  • Grater
  • Washing up liquid
  • Washing up brush or sponge
  • Kitchen cloth


  • Toothbrush (& toothpaste)
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Towels
    • And hand towels
  • Bath mat
  • Soap
  • Shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, razors etc.
  • Toilet roll
  • Toilet cleaner (brush, bleach)
  • Dressing gown
  • Hair brush / comb
  • Tweezers
  • Nail cutters
  • Make-up & remover
  • Flip flops (for a communal shower)


– Rucksack
– Umbrella
– Hot water bottle
– Bicycle
– Laundry detergent & softener
– Water bottle
– Padlock
– Cash
– Iron & ironing board
– Keys for home
– Playing cards

Even for the most organised, there will almost certainly be something that you forget to pack, so it is also wise to have a little bit of money set aside so you can go out and get any last minute bits once you’ve arrived. Having an emergency fund set aside in general is also useful so you always have access to a certain amount of money in the event of an emergency (e.g. losing your card on a night out).

At the end of the day, as long as you have your essentials, everything else can be bought or wait until your next trip home. Starting university is an extremely exciting (and nerve racking) time! We wish you all the best on your new adventure!

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