What to take with you to uni: The ultimate checklist
The Tab guide to packing for uni
One of the biggest obstacles you'll encounter in the weeks leading up to leaving for university is figuring out what to pack. Do you bring your entire wardrobe? Will you need a George Foreman grill? Is it acceptable to bring a teddy to uni?
Well worry no more, we're here to answer all your worries and anxieties about moving to university for the first time and we know exactly what you need.
How to pack for university
You might want to bring absolutely everything you own to make sure you don't forget anything, but remember, you uni halls aren't your permanent home and you've got to get it all there somehow. Take only what you need, but things that make you happy such as photos of your family or a teddy might be essential to you. So take them.
What you need to pack is totally subjective, so give it some thought. But if you forget anything it's not like you can't just pop to Argos to get it.
Important documents to take to uni
Considering that you're literally moving house, taking your whole life with you to university and leaving the safe confines of your parents' house, it's probably a good idea to take your important documents with you. Keep these safe, though. They're pretty essential.
What to bring:
Passport/driving license or some form of ID
All official university documents, including your acceptance letter
All your Student Finance documents
Your course acceptance letter
Your bank details and bank card
National Insurance card
Before you head off to uni it's essential to convince your parents to buy you as much food as possible. Take them on a trip to the supermarket with a big trolly and an empty car boot so you can seriously stock up. Think non-perishable items.
What to get:
Salt and pepper
Herbs and spices
Tins of chopped tomatoes
While you might be in catered halls where you won't need most of these items, if you're in a flat with a kitchen where you'll be cooking for yourself, it will be empty and you'll have to bring everything you need to feed yourself.
What to bring if you're in both catered and uncatered halls:
Mugs and glasses
What you'll need if you're in uncatered halls:
A couple of bowls and plates
Reusable food containers/tupperware
What to take to uni lectures
When you head to your first lecture, you better be prepared. While it's a great conversation starter if you forget a pen and ask the guy next to you if you can borrow one, if he doesn't have a spare then you're stuck.
What to take to lectures:
Pens and pencils
Other items you'll need for studying:
Stapler and staples
What clothes to take to university
The most important thing about fashion at university is to be yourself and have your own style. That being said, there are essential items you need to bring with you, for the sake of practicality.
Old trainers for dirty nights out
Seasonal clothing (hats, scarves, gloves, sunglasses)
Costume clothing (for themed parties!)
Electrical items to take to uni
You should have plenty of plugs in your new room at uni so you'll be able to use all the electrical items you would at home. It's not recommended to use electric heaters as they're not particularly safe and your room should have heating.
What to bring:
Laptop/computer and charger
Phone and charger
Hair dryer and hair styling tools
External hard drive
Ethernet cable, HDMI cable, etc
Uni room ideas
For ideas of how to decorate your bedroom at uni, check out Pinterest and Instagram. You'll immediately feel more at home if you decorate your new room with personalised items and pictures of your friends and family. Plus people will be much more likely to want to hang out in your room.
What to bring for your uni bedroom:
Laundry bag or basket
Hot water bottle
Mini sewing kit
A wall hanging
Small boxes to store make-up/hair ties etc.
What bathroom items to take to uni
You might be lucky enough to have an en suite room where you can personalise your own bathroom. If you're among the masses in a communal bathroom, we'd recommend having flip flops or shower shoes to keep your feet clean and safe.
General bathroom stuff:
Towels (for hands, face and body)
Toothbrush and toothbrush holder
Personal prescription medicine
Paracetamol/cold & flu medicine (you’ll need it for Freshers’ Flu!)
Birth control pills
Miscellaneous items to bring to uni
What's gonna happen if all the power suddenly goes off? Or pre-drinks is at your flat and you want to play Ring of Fire? That's where you come in. These are the miscellaneous essentials for uni life.
What you need:
Swiss army knife
Blu tac or pins
Just before you pack up everything in the car thinking you've got it all, here are the unexpected things that we guarantee you'll wish you'd brought.
What to bring:
Photos of family and friends
Throw blankets/cushions for decoration
Fancy dress items
While it's super important you get everything you need, there are a few items that are totally pointless and will never get used when you're in halls.
Don't bother with:
Iron – you'll never use it
USB – you'll get given hundreds at the Freshers' Fair
Notes and books from school/sixth form – you won't open them, seriously
School leavers' hoodie – it's like fashion crime to wear this around campus
Thing's you might not need or might not be allowed to bring
There are a few things you might be considering bringing but aren't sure if you should bother or if they're allowed in halls. Check with the halls of residence before you pack these items as they might already be installed or they might be banned.
Check before you bring: