What To Take To Uni – The ULTIMATE Checklist by My Baggage
Going to university is a pretty big deal. There’s a reason why everyone is telling you it’s going to be the best few years of your life.
But as well as being super exciting, getting ready to go to university is also super stressful. Particularly when it comes to packing all your stuff. Most new uni students haven’t spent more than a few weeks away from home, so it’s almost impossible to know what you need to bring with you for an entire year and what can be left behind.
So as we at My Baggage are kinda the experts at this sort of thing (find out more about our student shipping services here…), we thought it was our duty to put together a comprehensive university packing list to ensure that you have everything you need. We’ve covered absolutely everything; from your accommodation essentials, to your bathroom essentials, to your academic supplies, to the important documents you simply can’t leave behind, and more. We’ve even included a few non-essential, but pretty useful items; all to save you from any moments of panic. The last thing you want to do is forget something.
All things considered, remember, you’re not moving to another planet. At the end of the day, it just isn’t feasible to take everything you own in the world with you to university (we hate to be the ones to break it to you, but rooms in student halls are tiny). So, if in a week or two after you arrive you realise you’ve left something important at home and need it with you at university, your parents can always use My Baggage to send it to you.
The Ultimate University Packing List
The following documents will be extremely important for your move to university, especially during your first few weeks. Make copies (paper and digital) of all of them and keep all of them together in a secure file to ensure none of them go missing.
- Passport/driving license or some form of ID
- All official university documents, including your acceptance letter
- All your Student Finance documents
- Accommodation documents
- Your course acceptance letter
- Your bank details and bank card
- Passport photos
- National Insurance card
It really goes without saying that you’ll want to bring entertainment with you to university, such as your laptop. After all, how else will you procrastinate other than binge-watching the latest Netflix series? You may even want to bring your own TV, though you should check with your university/accommodation before you pack it. If you’re moving into student halls, you should check with your accommodation office if you will need to pack an Ethernet cable, or whether internet is wireless.
Clothing is usually a no-brainer, you’ll most likely know which items of clothing you want to take with you to university. Nevertheless, we thought we would summarise the basic essentials into a handy list, including a few extras that you may have forgotten about, to make sure you’ve got everything you need for all occasions.
- Comfortable clothing
- Everyday clothing
- Everyday shoes
- Formal clothing
- Formal shoes
- Smart-causal clothing
- Seasonal clothing (hats, scarves, gloves, sunglasses)
- Costume clothing (for themed parties!)
- Dressing gown
- Gym Bag
- Clothes hangers
- Winter boots
- Flip-flops (especially if you have a communal bathroom!)
Academic supplies such as books and notepads can take up a significant amount of weight and space in your luggage. So, don’t panic, you can always stock up on everything you need when you get to university. Most university campuses will have a shop providing all of the essential stationery items. That said, there are a few basic essentials you might want to take with you just to get started with.
- Pens and pencils
- Sticky notes
- Paper clips
- Stapler and staples
Your university will likely send you a ‘recommended reading list’ prior to your arrival at uni, and purchasing all of these textbooks right off the bat can seem like the sensible, organised thing to do. However, it’s best to wait until you’ve actually started your course and assessed the situation before you decide which books you absolutely need to purchase. Because not only do they take up a hefty amount of space and weight in your luggage – they’re expensive! You’ll quickly learn that you can find many of them in the library for free, or you could even borrow/share them with your course-mates. Moreover, many universities hold second-hand book fairs in which students in the years above can sell their textbooks to new students.
If you’re living in halls of residence, you will most likely have a fully stocked kitchen, so there’s no need to pack up a toaster, kettle or a microwave. It’s always worthwhile checking with your accommodation office beforehand – if you do require these items, we’d recommend picking up some basic versions from your local supermarket to save on your pennies. And, don’t forget about the basics.
- A couple of bowls and plates
- Mugs and glasses
- Reusable food containers/tupperware
- Travel mug
- Bottle opener
- Tin opener
- Water filter
- Sharp knife
- Baking tray
- Frying pan
- Oven gloves
- Tea towels
- Cheese grater
- Vegetable peeler
- Dish cloths/sponges
Again, if you’re living in halls of residence, rooms will be furnished with all of the essentials; a bed, a desk, a desk chair, a bedside table, etc. So, all there is left for you to worry about is the basics. Don’t forget to ask about the size of your bed!
- Pillow cases
- Mattress protector
- Clothes hangers
- Laundry bag or basket (for dragging items to and from the laundry room)
- Clothes horse
- Door stop
- Ear plugs
- Hot water bottle
- Waste basket
- Mini sewing kit
- Mini iron and ironing board
If you’re sharing a bathroom with others in your halls of residence, you’ll want to bring your own towels. And, you’ll be very thankful for shower shoes, trust us…
- Towels (for hands, face and body)
- Toothbrush and toothbrush holder
- Shower shoes
- Personal prescription medicine
- Allergy medicine
- Paracetamol/cold & flu medicine (you’ll need it for Freshers’ Flu!)
- Antiseptic cream
- Antiseptic wipes
- Birth control pills
- Tampons/sanitary pads
- Nail scissors
- Hair ties
- Bobby pins
- Toiletries bag
These random items might slip your mind when packing up your stuff, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how handy some of them can be in your time of need.
- A torch
- Swiss army knife
- Blu tac or pins
- Change for washing machines and bus fares
- Playing cards
- Alarm clock
- Handheld hoover
- Tool kit
- Sports equipment
- Beach towel
The following items aren’t exactly essentials, but we can almost guarantee that you’ll want to bring them to have in your new room, to give it that touch of home.
- Photos of family and friends
- Throw blankets/cushions for decoration
- Fake plants for decoration
- Fairy lights for decoration
- Wall mirror/full-length mirror
- Bulletin board
Check before you pack…
As we mentioned before, many halls of residence will already be facilitated with essential kitchen appliances and furniture. As well, many will have certain restrictions set in place for items such as candles (open flames in student accommodation can be a fire hazard) and posters/wall art (you may be forbidden from hanging these on the walls). So before you pack, be sure to check first!
- Toastie maker
- Coffee maker
- Posters/wall art
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Getting Your Luggage To Uni
Once you’ve finished packing, you then face the challenge of transporting all of that luggage to your new home at university. This can be quite an effort if you’re going to uni in a whole new town, city, or even country. Thankfully, that’s where My Baggage comes in.
So, to help make life easier, you can use a student shipping service – like My Baggage! My Baggage specialises in transporting students’ belongings to and from university every single term. We ship to over 200 countries worldwide, and we’re trusted by 50,000 students across the world. You can read about how we can help here, or get a quote!
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