What to Take to University?

Posted on August 22, 2018

If you’re off to university for the first time in September, deciding what to pack may seem daunting. To help you feel confident that you have everything you need, we have put together a list of essentials to offer some guidance when preparing to move into student accommodation.


Decide what important documents you will need. Your passport, driving licence (if you have one), university correspondence and details of your accommodation are essential, along with bank account details, your National Insurance card and any Student Discount cards. It would be advisable to keep your documents together in a file, so you know where they are should you need them

Study tools are next on the list, so pack electrical items such as a laptop, memory stick, mobile phone and chargers. You may want to bring your own printer for convenience. Take pens, pencils and paper, as well as files and folders, a diary, highlighters, post-it notes and any books you have been advised to purchase.

Daily Living

Most student accommodation will offer bathrooms, kitchenettes, study areas and storage space. You’ll need to provide kitchenware such as crockery, cutlery, cooking utensils, washing up liquid and cloths. A baking tray, oven gloves and a recipe book might be handy too. For the bathroom, you should bring personal toiletries as well as towels, toilet rolls and any medication you require.

Your bedroom will need a duvet, pillows and bedding, as well as clothes hangers. Bring an alarm clock too, so that you get to lectures on time. Pack clothes and shoes, a waterproof coat and an outfit for job interviews. You may want to include personal items such as photographs, books and a small television.

Remember, if you have forgotten anything, it will be easy to pop to town once you’ve settled in and are enjoying university life.