University Preparation: What To Take

“Moving House” by Flickr user Nathan O’Nions

Moving to University can be daunting and you need to be organised when it comes to packing. I have compiled a list of things including the basics just to help you along. You may not need/want all these things if you already own them or are provided them in your accommodation, and depending on if you’re male or female of course!

So, let’s start from the beginning. The following is what I plan on taking to University/what I would suggest, so here goes!


  • Diary/wall planner/calendar
  • Notebooks for lectures
  • Stationary (paper, pens, highlighters etc)
  • Memory stick
  • Reading list
  • Old textbooks and notes


  • Towels (Face cloth, hand towel, bath towel)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Deodorant
  • Razor
  • Shaving cream (or just use shower gel or conditioner though)
  • Perfume
  • Hand soap
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Facewash
  • Shower gel
  • Makeup (+ makeup/wash bag)
  • Makeup remover/face wipes
  • Sanitary items
  • Nail polish
  • Nail varnish remover
  • Nail clippers/scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Plasters
  • Painkillers
  • Prescription medication including contraceptives
  • Cold/flu remedies (especially if you get “freshers flu”)
  • Hair brush/comb
  • Other hair products (gel, wax, spray etc)
  • Hair grips/hair bobbles
  • Toilet roll


  • Bedding (Duvet, duvet cover, pillow, pillow cases, sheet, mattress protector)
  • Cushions
  • Blanket/throw
  • Alarm clock
  • Lamp
  • Photos/posters (to decorate room)
  • Potted plant
  • Small bin
  • Mirror
  • Clothes wash basket/laundry bag


  • Casual everyday clothes
  • Underwear and socks
  • Comfy shoes
  • Dressing gown
  • PJ’s or onesie
  • Slippers
  • Flip-flops
  • Waterproof coat
  • Warm coat, gloves, hat and scarf
  • Smart dress 
  • Smart shoes/heels (freshers ball)
  • Clothes suitable for interviews/part-time job
  • Variety of clothes and shoes to wear on nights out
  • A bag
  • Swimwear
  • Gym clothes/shoes
  • Old clothes or something you don’t mind getting trashed (think paint parties)
  • Fancy dress (plan a few in advance but a lot can be constructed while you’re there)
  • Small sewing kit (+ safety pins)
  • Purse/wallet
  • Watch
  • Umbrella


  • Exam results/certificates
  • Accommodation contract
  • Driving licence
  • Passport photos
  • Finance confirmation
  • NHS number
  • National Insurance number
  • Bank account details
  • List of phone numbers
  • Doctor and dentist details
  • Laptop, phone and room insurance
  • TV licence
  • Discount cards (NUS Card, Travel cards etc.)
  • Address book and email contacts list
  • CV and references

Electrical Items

  • Computer/laptop (+ case, charger, mouse, Ethernet cable, external hard drive)
  • Mobile phone (+ charger, USB lead, headphones)
  • Digital camera (+ charger, USB lead, battery, memory card)
  • Printer (+ power lead, paper, ink)
  • TV (+ TV licence)
  • DVD player (+ DVDs, SCART/HDMI lead, power lead)
  • MP3 player/iPod (+ charger, headphones, USB lead, docking station/speakers)
  • Rechargeable batteries (+ charger)
  • Hair straighteners/curlers
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron (+ ironing board)
  • Extension leads/multi plug adapter
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Toasted sandwich maker
  • Mini fridge

Kitchen Items

– It’s sometimes worth waiting to speak to your housemates first about these, so you don’t end up with a silly amount of one item.

  • Corkscrew
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Cheese grater (I personally find the ones where the lid is the grater as the cheese then falls into the box underneath. Handy if you want to store it and save it for later)
  • Masher
  • Whisk
  • Spatula
  • Bottle opener
  • Tin opener
  • Garlic crusher
  • Serving spoon (+ slotted)
  • Pizza cutter
  • Sieve
  • Scissors
  • Frying pan (+ lid)
  • Small saucepan (+ lid)
  • Large saucepan (+ lid)
  • Flat baking tray
  • Pizza/chip tray
  • Casserole dish or similar
  • Cupcake maker (mine was given as a gift and I can’t wait to take it with me!)
  • Colander
  • Measuring jug
  • Scales
  • Mixing bowl
  • Cups, bowls, plates, cutlery (best if bowls are microwave safe)
  • Glasses, wine glasses and shot glasses (double up the shot glasses as egg cups)
  • Chopping board
  • Chopping knives
  • Assortment of storage boxes
  • Sandwich bags
  • Cling film/foil
  • Oven gloves
  • Tea towels
  • Bin bags
  • Washing up bowl (can double up for when you need to hand wash clothes)
  • Basic recipe book (or instructions from parents)
  • Condiments (can be bought once there though, along with many of these items)
  • Some basic food to get you through the first few days or so… (Pasta, rice, noodles, cereal, tins etc.)

Laundry and House Keeping

  • Coat hangers
  • Kitchen roll
  • Washing powder
  • Fabric softener
  • Washing up liquid
  • Cloth
  • Cleaning equipment
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Fabreeze
  • Bleach
  • Radiator airier (to dry your clothes)


  • Pack of cards
  • Door wedge (or just stick something heavy in front of the door)
  • Storage boxes (to fit in things that wont fit anywhere else or to go under your bed)
  • Sleeping bag (for when friends come to stay!)
  • Fairy lights/lava lamp
  • Hot water bottle
  • Clock
  • Earplugs
  • Books
  • Board games
  • Bike (+ repair kit, insurance, lock)
  • Local taxi number
  • Local map
  • Local doctor/dentist number
  • Takeaway menus
  • Alcohol (to get you started and make new friends with)
  • Torch (in case of power cuts etc.)
  • Candles/matches
  • Vouchers
  • Money (+ loose change)

Don’t try to buy all these items as you may want to wait and see what your flatmates bring, or see what is already provided in your accommodation. The obvious things that aren’t further explained such as usual day to day clothes, and a detailed list of stationary, as this is up to you and what you’d wear/think you would need. And please don’t use candles if you’re not allowed!

This is the list of all the items I can think of at present, however if I remember anymore I will certainly add them on.

If you have any questions or suggestions feel free to contact me or leave a comment, and good luck if you’re off to University!

Frankie x

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