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How to avoid taking everything but the kitchen sink to uni….

4 September 2018

Packing for uni can be a real headache, especially if this is your first year and you have no idea what to expect! There’s no need to pack up your entire life but of course you’ll want some home comforts to help you settle in! Don’t forget, you only need enough to get you through the first term but being organised will help save you precious time and money better spent making friends and having fun!

Here’s our quick guide of the essentials;


  • Bedding (duvet, pillow, pillowcase, duvet cover). Don’t forget to check what size your bed is going to be!
  • Laundry basket… yes you will have to do your own washing!
  • Alarm Clock… for those early morning lectures
  • Mirror
  • Door Stop
  • Coat Hangers
  • Ear Plugs
  • Photos of home!


  • Plates and Bowls
  • Cutlery
  • Sharp Knife
  • Scissors
  • Chopping Board
  • Baking Tray
  • Mugs and Glasses
  • Tupperware
  • Bottle / Wine / Tin Opener
  • Saucepan / Frying Pan / Wok
  • Colander
  • Oven Gloves and Tea Towels
  • Cheese Grater
  • Vegetable Peeler
  • Dish Cloths
  • Washing Up liquid
  • Recipe Book... Try Miguel Barclay's Super Easy One Pound Meals!


  • Towels – Bath and Hand!
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Shampoo / Conditioner / Shower Gel
  • Flip Flops / Shower Shoes
  • Toilet Rolls... stock up!
  • Tweezers
  • Razors / Shaving Foam
  • Nail Cutters

Medical Supplies

  • Personal / Prescription Medication.. make sure you have plenty!
  • Paracetamol / Vitamins / Cold and Flu Medication… To fight off those fresher’s flu germs!
  • Plasters
  • Antiseptic Cream / Wipes
  • Contraceptives
  • Sanitary Products

Academic Items

  • Diary / Planner
  • Pens and Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Note Book
  • Ring Binders
  • Plastic Wallets
  • Stapler and Staples
  • Post It Notes
  • Calculator... avoid using your phone, it'll distract you!
  • Textbooks

Electrical Items

  • Computer / Laptop
  • USB Stick / External hard drive
  • Phone and Charger
  • Extension Cable
  • Ethernet and HDMI cable
  • Speakers
  • Hairdryer
  • Headphones
  • Iron… check if an ironing board is provided!

Important Documents

  • Passport / Driver’s License... if you have one!
  • Official University Documents
  • Student Finance Letter
  • Accommodation Contract
  • Passport Photos
  • Bank Details
  • National Insurance Card


  • Everyday clothing and shoes
  • 'Going out’ outfits
  • A smart outfit suitable for a job interview
  • Season Clothes – raincoat, winter coat, scarves, gloves, hat, sunglasses!
  • Underwear
  • Trainers
  • Swimwear
  • Nightwear
  • Dressing Gown
  • Slippers
  • Fancy dress outfit... you'll thank us for this one!


  • Febreeze
  • Change for the washing machines
  • Batteries
  • Umbrella
  • Rucksack
  • Padlock
  • Flask / Travel Mug

Don't forget, there'll be plenty of shops to buy things from when you arrive!



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