“What do I take to University?”

July 26th, 2011 → 1:36 pm @ // 2 Comments

Around this time of the year, while you wait for your results in agony, it’s a good time to prepare for leaving for university. If you’re moving any distance away from home it’s important to make sure you take everything you need. The majority of things are obvious such as clothes. Other things may not seem so obvious such as a clothes horse and some could go either way. There is important paperwork which will be needed on arrival at your accommodation and for registration during freshers week. A good idea would be to print this list out and check everything of before you load up the car. Here it goes:


  • Passport, driving licence & National Insurance Card
  • Spare Passport photos (some require this for your student ID but most have gone digital)
  • NHS number, doctor & dentist details and a list of all your inoculations
  • CV and references
  • Banking details
  • Details of funding and any letters from University
  • Local map & Travel Information
  • Diary/Calander
  • Exam certificates
  • Room insurance (students can be easy targets for theives)


  • Corkscrew (if you don’t drink wine now, you probably will by the time you graduate)
  • Bottle opener
  • Mugs
  • Glasses (wine & shot glasses are also a good idea)
  • Kettle & Toaster (most people bring this so you’ll end up with about five per household)
  • Cuttelery
  • Plates & Bowls
  • Casserole dish & Roasting tin or Oven Tray (for chips!)
  • Fying Pan (one is all you need)
  • Pans (one is essential, two is great and a set of three is well worth getting)
  • Tin opener, Scissors, Cheese Grater & Veg Peeler (often forgotten but very important)
  • Chopping Knives & Chopping Boards (two of each is best)
  • Wooden spoons, Spatula
  • Student Cookbook (Student Grub was my bible!)
  • Sandwich bags – good for lots of stuff you open and need to contain. e.g. sugar / teabags and things
  • Assortment of storage boxes
  • Microwaveable bowl
  • Sieve
  • Measuring Jug
  • Tea towels
  • Sandwich bags – good for lots of stuff you open and need to contain. e.g. sugar / teabags and thing
  • Microwaveable bowl
  • Sundry Items
    • coffee, tea, milk, sugar, (be sure to invite the neighbours round for a brew!)
    • Coffee whitener – for when you run out of milk
    • Cling film & Tin foil
    • Washing-up stuff – Washing-up liquid / Dishcloth / Scrubbing brush


  • Desk lamp
  • Notice board – for timetables, numbers, etc. Some halls may already provide one.
  • Message board with erasable marker eg. a mini white board or one of those magnetic sand ones that you can wipe
  • Diary/planner – to keep track of assignments
  • Dictionary and thesaurus
  • A pad of lined paper – for making notes/doing drafts etc
  • Ream of printing paper
  • A4 folders
  • Pens, pencils, paper, files, highlighters
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape
  • Stapler, hole punch
  • Sticky labels
  • Post-it notes
  • Paper clips
  • White Tac – so it doesn’t mark the walls
  • Stamps and envelopes
  • Computing
    • Laptop or Desktop Computer
    • Printer (handy for last minute assignments)


  • Multivitamins & paracetamol
  • Basic first aid kit – plasters, antiseptic wipes, bandages
  • Some cold/flu remedy incase you are struck down by freshers’ flu
  • Anti-allergy tablets

Bathroom & Housekeeping

  • Bath Towels, Hand Towels & Flannel
  • Wash bag
  • Toilet roll
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Soap, Shower Gel & Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Nail clippers
  • Laundry Bag
  • Clothes Horse
  • Coat hangers
  • Kitchen towel
  • Cleaning Products
  • Washing powder & Conditioner


  • Alarm clock (don’t rely on your phone)
  • CDR’s (CDRW’s cheaper in long run) – for backing up work
  • USB “pen drive” – carrying projects etc between uni, internet cafe, friends comp, etc. quickly, easily and RELIABLY!
  • Printer – printing could take up to six hours on uni computers
  • Network cable – to access the internet from the socket in your room
  • Mini fridge (very handy)
  • CD player/Hi-fi system or speakers for your computer
  • Batteries – rechargeable (save money)
  • Power extension and multi-adaptor leads

For Fun

  • Board games
  • Pack of cards
  • Football or similar
  • Photos of family and friends
  • Rugs – to hide the mangy carpet
  • Fairy Lights, Lava Lamp  etc
  • Cushions/beanbags


  • Sheets
  • Duvet and duvet covers
  • Pillows & pillow cases
  • Mattress cover – goes between the mattress and the bottom sheet
  • Hot water bottle
  • Sleeping bag – for when friends come to stay


  • Alcohol – to make new friends with
  • Sweets or biscuits – to distribute to flatmates
  • Extra storage – cardboard or plastic boxes for things which wont fit anywhere else
  • Torch – for power cuts and looking under desks/chairs/beds
  • Earplugs – to cut out noise you don’t want to hear
  • Small sewing kit – just incase you need to do a quik fix on a rip or tear (like the ones you get in hotels)
  • Small Toolkit
  • Clock
  • Doorstop
That’s pretty much everything you’re going to need. The only obvious thing that isn’t mentioned is your clothes, but I thought that would be pretty obvious. Unless you want to walk around naked! On the subject of clothes, take a good range. Make sure you have some smart clothes with you just in case you need to go for an important job interview :)

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2 Comments → ““What do I take to University?””

  1. Janae

    7 years ago

    Never seen a better post! ICOCBW


  2. Mark

    7 years ago

    Thanks Janae, you too kind! :)


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