For many excited students, the next few months will be the big lead up to moving away from home and into university accommodation. Knowing what to pack for university can be a bit daunting at times, especially if you’ve only ever lived at home. That’s why I’ve created this big checklist to help you remember some key things to pack.
If you’re living in halls, then you will have items such as a toaster, kettle, and microwave, already in the kitchen ready for you to use. However, everything else is down to you, so some items you might want to consider packing are:
- Bowls and plates
- Mugs and glasses
- Saucepans (you will need special induction pans for Chancellors & Palatine)
- Baking trays
- Tupperware for leftovers
- Oven gloves (optional)
- Tea towels
- Cheese grater
- Tin opener – because how else are you meant to stereotypically eat baked beans for your entire university life
- Microwavable jug
- Food for your first night stay! I forgot this when I was a fresher and totally regretted it!
- You can also pack other items if you regularly use them such as: mixing bowl, toastie maker, or slow cooker!
Moving on we have the bathroom. Depending on what type of accommodation you have this may vary, as you’ll be able to be more decorative (messy), if you have an en-suite.
But regardless, for shared or private bathroom you might want to consider packing:
- Nail clippers
- Toilet roll – Only a roll or two, so you don’t have to immediately go shopping
- Extra items you might want to have or buy at a later date might be: a toothbrush holder, cold & flu medicine, plasters, hand soap and more toilet roll.
Moving onto everyone’s favourite/main priorities room, the bedroom. This room is going to be the hardest to pack for, especially if it’s your first time moving as you’ll wanna pack everything you own. However, there is a happy medium to be had. So the items you’ll want to consider packing are:
- Bedsheets, duvet cover, pillowcases
- Mattress topper
- Coat hangers
- Laundry bag/basket
- Clothes horse
- Hot water bottle
- You don’t need to bring any big items like chairs and desks as they are already provided for you, however, if you wish you can bring any fold down items like a table or chair if you feel the need to.
The next thing to consider packing is clothes, as you’re gonna need them! This list will include clothes of all season, as you don’t want summer to roll around and all you’ve got in your wardrobe is jumpers. So next up on the list of things you should consider packing is:
- Your favourite outfits
- Winter clothes – jumpers, woolly socks, etc
- Summer clothes – tank tops, shorts vests, etc
- Formal wear
- PJs and loungewear – as there’s nothing better than lazing in pjs in the morning
- Dressing gown
- A fancy-dress costume, as the SU social is sometimes fancy dress
The next bedroom category is electrical items, as we all use that and it would be terrible news to find that you’ve left your phone charger at home. So, some everyday electric items you may have that you might want to pack are:
- Laptop/computer and charger
- Phone and charger
- Hair dryer
- Extension leads – you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them
- Games console – PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo switch, whatever your poison, bring it along as you might find a player 2!
- TV – if the room you’ve been assigned hasn’t already got one
Finally, in the bedroom category is decorative items. Decorative items are very important, as they can go a long way to making your new flat feel like home to you. So, my suggests for decorative items are:
- Printed pictures! – Whether its pictures of friends, family or your pets, pictures will make you feel more at home instantly!
- Plushes and teddies
- White tac and/or pins
- Fake flowers
And of course, you can pack anything else if you so wish, at the end of the day decorating is all about making you feel comfortable in the room you’re in so have fun with it!
Next on the list is academic Items. These are important as you are here to study after all. However, you don’t want to cram your suitcase full of notebooks and highlighters when you can pop to Poundland in Ormskirk after you’ve moved in, so perhaps consider buying these after you’ve moved in and unpacked, Nevertheless, you might want to buy/pack:
- Tape/ Washi tape
- Post it notes
- Pencils/coloured pencils
- Hole punch
- Stack of white printer paper
Of course, depending on what course you do this list may vary, however, items like pens and notebooks will always be handy, regardless of what you’re studying.
Finally, on the list we have some essentials that people always forget to think about which is: the important documents. So below I have written the ones which I think are extremely important, feel free to bring any others you so wish as well:
- Driving license
- Any other form of ID you have
- University admissions letter
- All your Student Finance documents
- Accommodation documents
- Your course acceptance letter
- Bank details and bank card
- Printed CVs – for if you want to apply for a job straight away
- National Insurance Number
Bonus round! After going through the different categories I realised that there were some bits and bobs that didn’t really go under the other headings or weren’t completely essential and up to each individuals preference, so I dumped those items here, enjoy:
- Wind up torch
- Sewing kit
- Playing cards – or any other board games you might want to bring
Feel free to throw any other bits and bobs that you think you may need in, just make sure that it’s not tat that you’re not going to end up using!
Thanks for making it to the end of this post, I hope it helped you get a better idea of what to pack. Feel free to check out my other posts if you wish. I hope you have a great week, and an even better time packing for your new uni life.
Until next time!
Film/Show of the day: The End of the F***ing World (2017)