The years of rigorous preparations are over, it’s finally time to start your studies abroad. The next stage is working out what to pack and what not to.

For some students, packing can be simple and straightforward, but for many, it can be a mighty challenge! To help make the process an easier one, we’ve put together a checklist of all your necessities. 





There are many essential documents that you shouldn’t overlook! The absence of the correct documentation can create issues when studying abroad. If you’re staying in Amber Student Accommodation, crucial documents like admission letters and visas are inspected before handing over the room keys.

Pack these documents with appropriate care:

  • Passport
  • Student Visa
  • University & Course Acceptance Letter
  • Health Insurance
  • Academic documents
  • Debit/Credit and Forex card
  • A list of emergency contacts 

For extra security, we suggest making copies of all your important documents and keeping them safe, and separate from the originals. This will be particularly useful if any documents are misplaced or go missing.





To be prepared for your upcoming studies, we recommend that you bring the appropriate stationery required for your studies. If you’re an international student and therefore have to travel, we know you’ll want to save as much space as possible, so when you have settled into your student accommodation, you can visit a local shop and purchase the relevant stationery. 

  • Books
  • Tape
  • Notebooks
  • Post-its
  • Stapler
  • Backpack 
  • Pencils/Pens

Most universities will give a list of essential materials and resources. However, considering books might be challenging to pack owing to their weight and volume, instead of bringing them with you, you can have them shipped to your destination with My Baggage.


Electronic Devices

Electronic Equipment

Most of us couldn’t go a day with our electronic devices, never mind a year or longer!

Remember to pack the following items:

  • Mobile phone 
  • Tablet
  • Laptop
  • Chargers for all of your gadgets
  • USB/HDMI connectors
  • External Hard Drive
  • Power bank 
  • Memory Sticks
  • Speakers

Remember your travel adaptors so that your appliances work in your new home. With bulkier items, it might be an idea to purchase them locally, price permitting.





This checklist item list will vary depending on the individual. But there are some clothing items that every university student should have in their student accommodation

  • Athletic & Sportwear
  • Casual clothing
  • Jacket, Waterproof coast etc
  • Seasonal clothing (summer/winter)
  • Formal clothing
  • Slippers 
  • Formal & Casual shoes
  • Traditional clothing
  • Watches and belts

If you’re going to study abroad, research the destination and bring clothes that respect the local culture.





Before you begin your journey it’s best to check you have the required vaccinations (if any), also research if there are any restrictions or limitations on certain medications.

Take a supply of what you usually need, such as pain relief, allergy relief, digestive medications etc.  For prescription medications you may need to consult your doctor before leaving, taking an adequate supply with you, to which a medical note or certificate may be required. Depending on the circumstances, it may be necessary to register with a local practitioner in your new home.


Smart Suggestion

When you’re settling into your new home from home, you can bring familiar and comforting items with you to ease your homesickness. Even having a few family photographs or other personal effects can make a big difference. 



The purpose of this article is to help you prepare for your studies abroad, as well as for your student accommodation. We hope that we’ve simplified the process for you to plan, pack, and move your belongings to your new home, allowing you some valuable time to take in your new surroundings.


Amber Student

How Amber Student can help you?

Amber serves millions of students each year, finding their home away from home. Providing student accommodation around the world at 800+ Universities in over 250 Cities. With 24×7 assistance, they would be delighted to help you find your new home. Tune into their Facebook and Instagram to stay updated.

How can My Baggage help you?

After you’ve packed all your belongings, it’s time to ship them to your new home. Make the process easier by using a student shipping service like ours! Every year, My Baggage ships students’ personal belongings to and from university. Over 125,000 customers have benefited from our services in over 200 countries worldwide. Get an instant quote here.



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