The Ultimate University Checklist – What To Bring To Uni

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The Ultimate University Checklist – What To Bring To Uni

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June 12, 2016 11:47 am Published by
A full car of things to bring to uni

When you are packing for university, it’s difficult to remember everything. There’s so much to think about, because you are pretty much moving your whole life to another location for three years. It’s important to feel at home when you arrive at uni, which is why you need to make sure you remember all your home comforts.

For freshers, it can be hard to know exactly what you might need. You can easily pack far too much and struggle to fit it in your car, or far too little and realise you are missing things you need when you arrive.

When it comes to packing, it pays to be organised, do your research and write a list. Ask fellow students what they are taking to uni with them, and contact your university directly to see what books and course material you will need. Knowing what you need also means you can go out shopping before you start uni to make sure you have everything you need.

If you are really stuck and don’t know what to include on your checklist, don’t stress, we have come up with a handy checklist to get you started. There’s lots of advice on packing for university online, but having a list is very handy. Use this list as a guide, and then add some more personal stuff and things that are specific to you on your list.

Here’s a checklist of some of the most important stuff you need to take with you to university. This list doesn’t include some things you can easily buy when you get to uni, such as bathroom products and food etc. You may not need all these things, just look down the list and decide what stuff you may want to take.

Academic stuff/studying

  • Books for your course
  • A desk chair
  • Diary
  • Notepads
  • Folders to keep your work in
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Highlighters
  • Scissors
  • Sellotape
  • Post it notes


  • Laptop
  • Tablet
  • Phone
  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator
  • Computer mouse (avoid RSI)
  • USB sticks
  • Printer
  • Bedside lamp
  • Mini fridge
  • Hair dryer
  • Chargers for all your electronics
  • Camera
  • Headphones
  • Extension lead/more electrical sockets

Important documents

  • Passport
  • Driving licence
  • National insurance number
  • NHS number
  • CV


How much you need for your kitchen will depend on whether you will be living in catered accommodation or not. If your accommodation is catered, you will only need to bring some basics. It’s worth checking what might already be provided in your accommodation before you bring your whole kitchen sink.

  • Knives
  • Forks
  • Bowls
  • Plates
  • Bottle opener
  • Can opener
  • Mugs
  • Glasses
  • Chopping board
  • Recipe books
  • Saucepans, frying pan
  • Knives
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Cheese grater
  • Wooden spoons
  • Potato masher
  • Tupperware
  • Tea towels
  • Oven gloves

Medicines and healthcare

  • Painkillers
  • Vitamins and supplements
  • Condoms
  • Paracetamol
  • Cold and flu remedies
  • Antihistamines (allergy tablets)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Any specific medicines you take

Bath stuff

  • Washbag
  • Towels
  • Toothbrush
  • Razor
  • Nail clippers
  • Comb
  • Flannel
  • Tweezers

Cleaning stuff

  • Mop
  • Dustpan and brush
  • Vacuum
  • Duster
  • Hangers
  • Clothes horse
  • Laundry basket
  • Door wedge


  • Trousers
  • Tops
  • Jumpers
  • Coats
  • Slippers
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Trainers
  • Smart shoes
  • Flip flops
  • Swimwear
  • Fresher’s ball outfit
  • Smart outfits
  • Casual; outfits
  • Fancy dress outfits
  • Sports gear
  • Dressing gown


  • Board games
  • Computer games
  • Pack of cards
  • Sports games
  • Rugby ball/football
  • Posters
  • Cushions
  • Bean bag
  • Pictures of friends and family
  • Lights
  • Rugs
  • Blankets
  • Alcohol
  • Suitcase/travel bag
  • Ear plugs
  • Fan
  • Matches


  • Sheets
  • Duvet
  • Duvet covers
  • Pillows
  • Pillow cases
  • Sleeping bag
  • Mattress cover/protector
  • Blow up mattress in case your friend visit

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