What To Take To University - A Checklist

Posted 20 Jul 2020

Going to uni this September? You should definitely leave your pet cat at home, but let us help you with the rest…

Deciding what to take to university can be very overwhelming, but if you don’t fancy reading the whole article, check out our handy checklist to ensure you have everything you’ll need! Simply make a copy, print or download this list, tick them off as you pack and achieve the ultimate stress-free packing experience (if that’s even a thing?) 

There might be hundreds of things you want to pack, but you aren’t moving to an alien planet, a lot of things may be easier, and cheaper, to buy once you arrive at your accommodation. Plus, if your booking is with true Student Living, we provide our guests with a Welcome Pack worth up-to £250, check out what this includes so you don't double pack! 

Bear in mind that whatever you pack, has to fit into your new uni room so maybe leave the giant teddy at home..? 

Important documents 

Taking your personal documents will be very important in the first few weeks of university. Ideally, if you want to be organised, make paper and digital copies of all your necessary documents so you are never caught out.

  • Passport and/or driving licence
  • Student finance documents
  • National insurance card/number
  • Extra passport photos
  • All university documents you received - acceptance letter etc.
  • Any accommodation documents you received.
  • Scholarship/bursary letters
  • Medical/vaccination history.
  • Insurance documents.

Stationary you need for uni

Making sure your pencil case is well-stocked goes a long way in the first couple of days, along with making sure your desk is stocked up with all the folders and binders you will need for your course.

  • Pens and pencils, ruler and pencil case
  • Stapler & staples
  • Scissors
  • A4 or A5 writing pad
  • Storage folders
  • Ring-binders
  • Post-it notes - super handy!
  • Calculator, if you want to go old-school - or just use your phone!
  • Course textbooks, usually recommended buying before, or at the start of your course

Kitchen items & utensils 

As much as you might try, living off takeaways might not be the best idea for your health or bank account! If you are going to be sharing accommodation with flatmates, you’ll no doubt end up with multiple toastie-makers, so save the bag space and prioritise the useful things!

Take these basics to ensure you have everything you need to cook up a storm. 

  • Recipe book (if you prefer digital, there are hundreds of student recipes online)
  • Small cutlery set - no, you don’t need a sundae spoon
  • Plates, small and large
  • Bowl
  • Mug(s) and glasswares
  • Sharp knife, one good, general-purpose knife is plenty.
  • Cooking scissors
  • Air-tight containers - perfect for storage or as a lunch box!
  • Bottle & wine opener - the most important item for a student kitchen.
  • Chopping board(s) - at least 2 is perfect to avoid cross-contamination.
  • Kitchen tongs, spatula and ladle
  • Frying pan(s) - non-stick are the best!
  • Saucepan with lid
  • Measuring jug
  • Can opener
  • Veg peeler
  • Cheese grater
  • Colander - collapsable silicone ones are perfect.
  • Baking tray
  • Oven gloves
  • Tea towel - don’t be boring, get a funny one!
  • Washing up liquid, sponge and brush
  • Bin bags, tin foil & cling-film

Bedroom items 

Don’t be that person who turns up with Peppa Pig bed linen, just because it was on offer.  

  • All-season duvet, pillows and covers
  • Bed sheets - trust us, Peppa Pig is not a good look.
  • Mattress and pillow protectors
  • Coat hangers
  • Laundry basket - pop up ones will help save space.
  • Washing airer
  • Earplugs - for noisy roommates
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Torch
  • Alarm clock

Which clothes should you take to uni? 

Just realised that you have wayyyy to many clothes and they won’t fit? Or do you have hardly any at all? Don’t panic! Just make sure you have the essentials, and use your swanky new student discount to pick up some new threads.

  • Comfortable lounging clothing
  • Everyday casual clothing & shoes
  • Formal clothing & shoes
  • Nightwear/pyjamas
  • Dressing gown
  • Seasonal items such as hats, gloves and a scarf.
  • Backpack for carrying books etc.
  • Raincoat
  • Flip-flops - essential for a communal bathroom!

Bathroom checklist

With an en-suite room or shared bathroom, make sure you have everything you need to not get caught out on your first night!

  • Towels - don’t forget a small one for your hands!
  • Toothbrush and holder/cup
  • Hand soap
  • Bathroom and toilet cleaner (& sponges)
  • Showergel & shampoo
  • Hair straighteners, dryer & brushes
  • Make-up and remover
  • Nail cutters & tweezers
  • First-aid kit and medicines
  • Razors and shaving cream
  • Air freshener - a must for shared flats!

Making new friends “essentials”

It might not be something you should strictly ‘take with you’ but nothing will break the ice with your new roommates quite like a game of beer pong. Perhaps include these drinking games on your first amazon shop at your new address.

  • Beer pong - be the champion of your flat for undying respect.
  • Cards against humanity - discover the dark side of your new friends.
  • Pack of playing cards - the possibilities are endless.

So hopefully you feel a little less overwhelmed about your packing and remember, you can always buy anything you missed when you get to your new home (apart from your documents, just don’t forget your documents!)

Remember to check-out our check-list of what you need to take to university, and tick off your packing as you go!


Posted 20 Jul 2020