A list of everything you need to take to university


Going to university can be daunting, especially if it’s your first time moving away from home. From my experience, you end up packing things you definitely don’t need, while leaving couple of the most vital items at home – typical! To make the packing process a little bit easier, I’ve put together a list of the most important things to pack for university.

Bedroom items

These are the basic can’t-live-without items. Remember you might want to add to this list if you wish to personalise your room with fairy lights and other decorative items.

  • Duvet
  • Duvet covers
  • Mattress protector (even if you’re given a brand-new mattress, this'll provide an extra layer of comfort)
  • Sheets
  • Pillows
  • Pillowcases
  • Desk lamp (this may be provided by your accommodation so make sure you double check!)
  • Clothes hangers
  • Laundry basket
  • Bin (if your halls doesn’t provide one)
  • Make up mirror
  • Make up

Bathroom items

If you’re sharing a bathroom, you probably won’t need all of this! Those of you who are lucky enough to be moving into an en-suite flat, take note…

  • Wash stuff (soap, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, razors)
  • Hand wash
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Towels
  • Bath mat
  • Bin
  • Toilet roll
  • Toilet brush
  • Cleaning supplies (bleach, surface cleaner)

Kitchen items

Again, you might find that you don’t need everything in this list. If you can, it’s worth checking what your flatmates are bringing. That way, you won’t end up filling precious food storage space with spare toasters.

  • Plates
  • Mugs
  • Bowls
  • Glasses
  • Cutlery
  • Chopping knives
  • Wooden spoon
  • Spatula
  • Tin opener
  • Cheese grater (or just buy grated cheese if, like me, you’re lazy)
  • Scissors
  • Pizza cutter
  • Bottle opener
  • Colander
  • Saucepans, frying pans and wok
  • Oven trays
  • Chopping board
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Tupperware
  • Measuring jug
  • Oven gloves
  • Tea towels
  • Kitchen roll
  • Cling film
  • Tin foil
  • Bin bags
  • Cloths and sponges for washing up
  • Washing up liquid (remember you could always all chip in as a flat and buy certain products as communal items!)

Stationery supplies

The amount that you’ll need from this list will really depend on which course you are doing. For example, I study Psychology and I managed first year with my computer, a couple of notebooks, pens and highlighters.

  • Notebooks
  • Ringbinders
  • Pens
  • Highlighters
  • Post it notes
  • Ruler
  • Planner
  • Calculator
  • Scissors
  • Sellotape

Your university wardrobe

Granted it’s tempting to wear a onesie 90% of the time, but you might need a few other bits and pieces…

  • Tops and bottoms (by this we mean jeans, shirts, skirts, shorts and dresses, or whatever you usually wear)
  • Underwear
  • Socks and tights
  • Trainers, sandals, plus smarter shoes
  • Winter clothes (coat, waterproof jacket, hat, scarf and gloves)
  • Jumpers and cardigans
  • Pyjamas
  • Dressing gown

Electronic items

  • Laptop/computer and charger
  • Phone charger
  • Earphones
  • Hair appliances (hair dryer, hair straighteners, curlers, whatever tames your mane!)
  • Speakers
  • Extension lead (these are super handy if your plug sockets are sparse)
  • USB

Miscellaneous items that are easily forgotten

  • Your bank details and bank card
  • Passport
  • Batteries
  • Sewing kit
  • Door stop (you’ll see this item on every university packing list ever)
  • Washing powder
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Ear plugs
  • Medicine (plus any prescriptions you need – read more about how to take care of your health as a student here)
  • Postcards and photos
  • Blu-tac (check you’re allowed to use blue-tac beforehand)
  • Umbrella
  • Clothes horse
  • Reed diffusers (a nice substitute for the candles that you're not allowed)
  • Pack of cards

There are many more things that you could bring, but in my opinion, these are the essentials.

Happy packing!