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What to Pack for Uni

Less than a month to go! Here’s what I use as a checklist of things to take:

Essential documents

  • Passport

  • Driving / provisional licence/ some form of ID

  • Bank details and bank card

  • Student Finance documents

Useful documents

  • National insurance number

  • Some form of document with your home address, e.g. bank statement

  • Student acceptance letter

  • Vaccination history / any medical documents you have

  • Accommodation documents if not in college

Studying materials

  • Plenty of pens, highlighters, pencils, ruler, rubber, sharpener, pen holder, pencil case

  • Paper (of your preference, and not just in notepads, as tutors may ask for handwritten work on paper)

  • Graph paper (for STEM students)

  • Folders and dividers

  • Plastic wallets

  • Scissors

  • Stapler

  • Hole-punch

  • Calculator

  • Post-it notes

  • Pins (you’ll typically have a pin board)

  • Rucksack/canvas bag to carry these in

  • (Whiteboard and whiteboard pens)

  • (Paper holder to help organise all your paper)

  • (Cellotape, glue, geometry kit not necessary but you can always take these with you)

  • ACADEMIC DIARY (very useful for organising your time and keeping up with tutorial timings, lectures etc.)

Electronics & Electricals

  • Laptop and charger

  • Phone and charger

  • Alarm clock with spare batteries

  • Extension lead

  • Bluetooth speaker

  • Headphones/earphones + spare

  • USB adapters

  • USB

  • Hairdryer

  • Table lamp

Kitchen (check with college parents for what your kitchens might already have)

  • Mini fridge (check with college and your catering facilities/how far you are from your kitchens)

  • Kettle

  • 1 or 2 sets of bowl/plate, cutlery, cups/glasses

  • Reusable tubs

  • Tin opener

  • Bottle opener

  • Chopping board and knife

  • Pan and spatula (typically for induction hobs)

  • Tea towel

  • Long-lasting food, e.g. tinned food, dry noodles, cereal/porridge, snacks


  • Pillow, duvet (and mattress topper)

  • 2 sets of bedding (wash one, use the other): pillow cases, duvet cover, mattress cover

  • Big bag (e.g. shopping bag or large canvas bag) to carry laundry

  • Laundry tablets (can be bought in town)

  • Stain remover

  • Soap for the sink in my room

  • Clothes horse, pegs and clothes hangers

  • Decorations (e.g. fairly lights, photos, small plants etc.)

Personal belongings (many of these can be bought in town if need be)

  • Personal medication

  • Paracetamol, cold tablets, cough mixture, plasters, small first aid kit

  • Shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, toothpaste, deodrant etc.

  • Toothbrushes

  • Nail cutters, tweezers

  • Personal creams, make-up, gels, cleanser etc.

  • Body and hair towels (with spares to go in the wash)

  • Hairbrush, shower comb, hairbands

  • Slippers

  • Clothes

  • Underwear and socks

  • Pyjamas, dressing gown

  • Coats: warm/waterproof

  • Trousers, shorts, skirt etc.

  • Tops (and have some that are warmer for when it’s cold)

  • 1 formal outfit (e.g. smart shirt/top and trousers/nice skirt, dress + shoes)

  • SUBFUSC : white shirt with collar, black tights/socks, black skirt/trousers, black shoes (see other posts)

  • Shoes (at least 1 pair good for walking around lots)


  • Umbrella

  • Bum bag/waist bag

  • Drinking water bottle

  • Bicycle and helmet (if using one)

  • Hobbies related: gym bag, music stand etc.

Happy packing!


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