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Checklists: What to Pack for Uni

Packing for university? It's hard to even know where to start!

I've put together a few quick checklists that should help. To keep them from getting too overwhelming, I've divided them up by room.

Plus, read until the end for a bonus section on the top three surprising essentials you definitely don't want to forget.

What to pack for the bedroom

TIP: Double-check to see what your accommodations already provide. For example, sometimes you will already have a desk lamp in your room, and you may not need to bring one.

  • Bedlinen - pillow cases, duvet cover, fitted sheet for mattress

  • Duvet and pillow

  • Mattress topper (for sensitive sleepers)

  • Clothes hangers

  • Doorstop

  • Extra storage if needed

  • Extension cords and multi-socket plugs

  • Laundry basket

  • Clothes horse

  • Washing powder

  • Bin

  • Alarm clock

  • Desk lamp

What to pack for the bathroom

TIP: Consider packing face wipes to keep by your bed for those days that you're too tired to wash your face before you go to bed.

  • Toilet tissue

  • Towels

  • Shower gel

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Deodorant

  • Bathroom cleaner

  • Handsoap

  • Toothbrush

  • Toothpaste

  • Bath mat

What to pack for the kitchen

TIP: If you can, get in touch with your future flatmates so you can plan together what shared cooking items to bring. That way you don't end up with five different cheese graters.

  • plates, bowls (ideally microwave safe!) and cutlery

  • glasses and mugs

  • cooking knives

  • chopping board

  • saucepans and a frying pan

  • baking tray

  • tin opener

  • grater

  • ladle

  • spatula

  • measuring jug

  • cling film and tin foil

  • Microwave and freezer friendly Tupperware

  • dish cloth

  • bin bags

What paperwork to pack

TIP: Remember to keep your important documents in one place, like a folder, and store it someplace safe.

  • Passport

  • Driving license

  • National Insurance Number

  • NHS medical card

  • Insurance documents

  • Student loan documents

  • Uni acceptance letter

  • Uni accommodations letter

  • Debit card

Bonus: Surprising essentials not to forget

These must haves don't fit neatly into any category, but you don't want to forget them!

Flipflops, slippers or sliders

You don’t always want to tie up your shoes just to nip to the kitchen, but trust me, you don’t want to go barefoot. Keep these shoes handy to slip on for quick trips.

A first aide kit

Fresher’s flu is real, and you’re going to want to make sure you have everything you need before you settle in, so you're not having to trek to the shops to load up on paracetamol when you're already feeling poorly.

Earplugs and noise cancelling headphones

You may not always be in control of how much noise is happening around you. To keep sensory overload from setting in, make sure you have good options for cancelling outside noise.

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