What to take to Uni

So you've been accepted in to University, now it's time to think about packing. It may only be July but don't under estimate how much stuff you've actually got, the time it takes to organise and pack, and buying extras you've never had to before as you're about to live independently!


Here's an essential list broken down for you!


  • Laptop & Charger 
  • Phone & Charger
  • Hair styling tools - dryer, straightener, curlers
  • USB stick
  • External hard drive (this is essential for backing up your uni work, just in case your laptop breaks)
  • Extension leads
  • Cable adapters


Academic Items

  • Journal/diary
  • Pens and highlighters
  • Notebook
  • Sticky notes
  • Stapler
  • Folder and plastic wallets
  • Sellotape

When it comes to academic books, you're probably best off waiting until your course starts to buy them. Your tutor will probably give you a reading list of journals that will benefit your studies throughout your course, and where to buy them. ''You’ll quickly learn that you can find many of them in the library for free, or you could even borrow/share them with your course-mates. Moreover, many universities hold second-hand book fairs in which students in the years above can sell their textbooks to new students.'' (Credit: UniBaggage)


Kitchen Items

  • 2/3 bowls and plates
  • Cutlery set (you can find good quality and affordable sets at shops like B&M!)
  • Sharp cutting knife
  • Mugs and glasses
  • Tin opener
  • 1 Pot
  • 1 Frying pan
  • 1 strainer/sieve
  • Baking tray
  • Oven gloves
  • Tea towels
  • Grater
  • Dish cloth
  • Sponge
  • Washing up liquid



  • Towels for hands, face and body
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Toothbrush
  • Shower scrub



  • Sanitary towels and/or tampons
  • Plasters
  • Condoms
  • Contraception
  • Paracetamol and/or ibuprofen (this will come in handy for freshers flu!)
  • Cosmetics
  • Moisturiser
  • Comb
  • Hair ties and bobby pins
  • Personal prescription medicine 



  • Duvet, bed sheets and pillows
  • Clothes hangers
  • Laundry basket
  • Bin
  • Door stop



  • Blu tac and/or pins
  • Air freshener
  • Alarm clock
  • Batteries
  • Books
  • Fairy lights
  • Photo frames
  • Sports equipment 
  • TV
  • Kettle
  • Wall art
  • Candles



This one may seem obvious, but we've culminated a list of categories you may be likely to forget when packing your things.

  • Everyday 
  • Pyjamas and dressing gown
  • Slippers
  • Smart/casual
  • Smart
  • Nightwear (for hitting the town!)
  • Seasonal (hats, scarves, gloves, warm jacket, sunglasses etc) 
  • Gym wear
  • Swim wear
  • Winter boots
  • Comfortable clothing


We hope this covers every base so you no longer have to worry if you've missed packing anything!

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