Getting ready to start University or College? We know packing can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be.

Our Ultimate packing list covers what to take to University, including those essential items:


✔️ Important documents ✔️ Electrical items
✔️ Clothing items ✔️ Academic items
✔️ Kitchen items ✔️ Bedroom items
✔️ Bathroom items ✔️ Toiletries/Medical items
✔️ Miscellaneous items ✔️ The essential non-essentials
✔️ Before you pack ✔️ Getting your personal effects to Uni

Although everyone has different preferences and needs, this packing list is a great starting point for your big university adventure.


Important documents

During your first few weeks at university, you may be required to show some documents. It’s very important that you keep all your documents safe ensuring none will be lost. Make copies of everything (paper and digital) and make sure you keep them all together.

Passport, Licence or official ID University Documentation
Course Acceptance Letter Student Finance Documentation
Accommodation Documentation Bank Details and Bank Card
Passport Size Photographs National Insurance/Social Security details

Electrical Items

Despite the obvious, we’ve included a list of essential electrical items you shouldn’t leave home without, including a laptop – how else will you procrastinate over unfinished essays or binge-watch Netflix?

Laptop/PC and charger Earphones
Phone and charger Hairdryer, Straighteners, etc
Extension lead Speakers
External hard drive USB, Ethernet, HDMI cable, etc
Adaptors Web Camera

Clothing Items

You’ll already know what clothes you want to bring, from your favourite shoes to the ultimate party dress, but we just thought we’d give a quick summary just in case, so you’re covered for any occasion.

Comfortable clothes Everyday clothes
Everyday shoes Formal clothes
Formal shoes Smart casual clothes
Nightwear Seasonal clothes (hats, scarves, etc)
Costumes (for the parties!) Dressing gown
Swimwear Backpack
Gym clothes Clothes hangers
Raincoat Winter boots
Slippers Flip flops

Academic Items

Stocking up on books, notepads and stationery items can add a significant amount of weight to your bags. If you are low on room, you can alternatively, get these items when you arrive at university. Most campuses will have a college shop, that will provide essential stationery items and more. But there are a few essentials you should pack, just to get the ball rolling.

Journal, diary or planner Sellotape
Pens and pencils Sticky notes
Paper clips Stapler and staples
Highlighters Folders

Your university will send you a recommended reading list, but it’s best to purchase these books once you arrive. Not only will these textbooks cost a pretty penny, but they will add unnecessary weight to your luggage. Many universities offer a discount for buying these reading lists in the university bookshop or have second-hand book sales at the beginning of term. It’s a good idea to go with this option and save yourself some much-needed space and cash.

Kitchen Items

Don’t worry, you don’t have to bring everything. Electrical appliances will be provided in your kitchen, so you can leave your kettle, microwave, and toaster behind. If you are in doubt as to what is included, you can contact your accommodation office before the big move, just to keep yourself right. However, there are items you will need to invest in, we’ve outlined these below.

Some bowls and plates Cutlery
Mugs and glasses Reusable food containers
Travel mug Bottle opener
Tin opener Saucepan
Wok Sharp knife
Baking tray Frying pan
Oven gloves Tea towels
Cheese grater Potato/Vegetable peeler
Sponge or dish cloth Tinfoil

Bedroom Items

Halls of residence cover your furniture, so you only have to worry about the basics. Be sure to double-check your bed’s size before buying bed linen. You can purchase these items on the day you move in if you need to save space.

Duvet Duvet cover
Pillows and pillowcases Bed sheets
Mattress protector Clothes storage
Laundry bag or basket Doorstop
Earplugs Hot water bottle
Rubbish bin Mini sewing kit

Bathroom Items

In most halls, you’ll have en-suite rooms, but if you’re sharing a bathroom, you’ll need to bring your own towels. Trust us, you’ll be grateful for shower shoes…

Towels for hands, face and body Toothbrush and toothbrush holder
Hand soap Bathroom cleaning products
Toilet cleaner Cleaning sponges
Bathrobe Shower shoes or flip flops

Toiletries/Medical Items

Include these items to avoid being caught short. These products can also be purchased once you arrive if you are short on space.

Personal prescription medicines Allergy medicines
Paracetamol, cold & flu medicines, etc Multi-vitamins
Plasters Antiseptic cream
Antiseptic wipes Birth control pills
Condoms Tampons/sanitary products
Nail scissors Razors
Comb/brush Cosmetics
Sun cream Hair ties
Bobby pins Toiletries bag

Before you pack

The random items might slip your mind as you pack up your bags, but you never know when you might need them.

A torch Blu tack or pins
Change for washing machines Febreeze
Playing cards Alarm clock
Batteries Umbrella
Books Spare charging cables

The Essential Non-Essentials

Not exactly essential, but these are some of the necessities that will allow you to make your own stamp, and make you feel more at home.

Photographs of family and friends Throw blankets/cushions for decoration
Fake plants for decoration LED or fairy lights for decorations
Wall mirror/full-length mirror Bulletin board

Check before you pack

Previously, we mentioned that halls of residence will already include essential kitchen appliances and furniture. There can also be restrictions on items such as candles (open flames in student accommodations can be a fire hazard) and posters/wall art (you may not be allowed to hang these on the walls). Be sure to check before you pack!

Kettle Toaster
Microwave Mini-fridge
Toastie maker Coffee maker
Printer TV
Poster/wall art Candles


Having packed all your belongings, you must then transport them to your new home at university. You may find this quite challenging if you are going to a university in a new city, town, or even country. That’s where My Baggage comes in.

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