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Packing for Uni Checklist

If you’re moving away from home for the first time, packing for university can seem a little intimidating - but don’t worry! We’ve put together a checklist of essentials so you can be sure you have everything you need.


While it might be tempting to take your entire wardrobe with you, try and only take the clothes you need. You might not have that much storage space, and you can always pick up more things when you visit home. Make sure you have plenty of comfy clothes for long days on campus as well as things to wear on nights out!

  • Socks and underwear
  • Everyday clothes
  • Warm jumpers/hoodies
  • Coats (at least one waterproof)
  • Pyjamas
  • Going out clothes
  • Shoes
  • Accessories
  • Bags


You might decide to stock up on these essentials when you get to uni instead of bringing them with you, but it’s still important to make sure that you’re not missing anything. Make sure you have a good supply of any medication that you need, and find out where you can stock up soon after you arrive.

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shower gel
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Hairbrush/Hair products
  • Sanitary products
  • Makeup
  • Skincare
  • Razors/Shaving cream
  • Medication
  • Plasters
  • Painkillers


Every halls is different, so if you’re able to visit before you move make sure to take a note of what furniture and utensils are provided and what you need to bring with you (particularly kitchen supplies). It’s still a good idea to bring some of your own crockery - it can prevent arguments about whose washing up is in the sink!

  • Duvet/pillows/covers
  • Laundry basket
  • Wastepaper basket
  • Coat hangers
  • Clothes horse
  • Crockery
  • Basic kitchen equipment (optional)

Personal Things

While you don’t need to bring all of your keepsakes with you, it can be comforting having a few little reminders of home around you.

  • Photos
  • Soft toys
  • Books


While packing electronics, don’t forget to make sure you have any necessary chargers, extension cables and batteries for them. Invest in a surge protected extension lead to make sure you have enough available plug sockets in your room.

  • Laptop
  • TV/Game console
  • Chargers
  • Extension cables/Power extension leads
  • Alarm clock
  • Hairdryer/Straighteners


Keep all of your important paperwork together so you can find it easily - pick up a cheap folder or box file you can store things in.

  • Passport/Driver’s Licence
  • Bank statements
  • University paperwork
  • Accommodation information
  • SFE Paperwork
  • Medical paperwork
  • Visa/travel documents (for International Students)


Even if you’re planning on using a laptop to take notes in class, it’s still a good idea to have a supply of stationary on hand just in case.

  • Notebooks
  • Pens
  • Diary


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