The Ultimate University Checklist

Moving to university is stressful for everyone: first years, those returning and parents. Regardless whether you’re a first year or final year student, everyone needs a helping hand to not forget to take certain things to university, especially when on a budget.

Packing for university can be a chore, especially if you haven’t lived away from home before. The last thing you want to do is be on your way to move in and realise you’ve forgotten your passport or a toy of childhood value. If you do forget something, it’s not always the end of the world, but this list will help you eliminate those cases.

Firstly, check before you pack. Check what your halls/ flats provide. Most provide the essentials, such as toasters, kettles, microwaves etc. but you may need to bring your own extras, such as coffee makers, mini fridges (if allowed) and printers.


  • Mattress topper- makes you feel a lot more at home and cosy instead of the springs on the uni mattresses digging into your back
  • Bedding (make sure you get two sets to have them on rotation!)
  • Extra blankets/ a warm fleece throw to make your room look effortlessly cosy (and for those cold winter nights when the radiators just don’t cut it)
  • Cushions
  • Plant- real or fake will do
  • Hamper / wash basket
  • Coat hangers
  • Sleeping bag (for when you go and visit your friends at other universities)
  • Desk lamp (if there isn’t one)
  • Pillow and quilt
  • Fairy lights (you can pin your pictures on them, too!)
  • Door stop
  • Hot water bottle
  • Mini sewing kit
  • Extension leads
  • Chargers for appliances: phone, laptop, portable chargers
  • Headphones
  • Speakers
  • Playing Cards
  • Books
  • Photos of family and friends for comfort and decoration
  • Boxes for storage (and to keep your room looking neat!)


  • Comfortable wear for at home
  • Everyday clothing
  • Everyday shoes
  • Formal clothes (will come in handy for interviews or balls!)
  • Smart-casual wear
  • Nightwear
  • Seasonal clothing (hats, scarves, gloves, sunglasses, hats)
  • Swimwear
  • Gymwear
  • Raincoat
  • Winter coat
  • Denim / leather jacket for summer or spring
  • Slippers
  • Flip flops (especially if you have a communal bathroom)
  • Fancy dress (will ALWAYS come in handy for freshers and society night outs)


  • Bowls
  • Plates
  • Knives, forks, spoons
  • Glasses / cups (don’t forget wine glasses and shot glasses!)
  • Travel mug
  • Frying pan
  • Saucepan
  • Baking Tray
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Tin opener
  • Bottle opener
  • Grater
  • Microwavable bowl
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Measuring cups
  • Chopping knives
  • Chopping boards
  • Tea towels (living in a flat, you will get through a LOT of these)
  • Oven gloves
  • Washing up liquid
  • Sponges
  • Tupperware boxes
  • Cling film
  • Tin foil
  • Bin bags
  • Bleach
  • Antibacterial wipes


  • Toothbrush
  • Toothbrush holder (a glass will do)
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Perfume / cologne
  • Dry shampoo
  • Air freshener
  • Toilet paper
  • Toilet brush
  • Shower gel
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Bathmat
  • Soap
  • Washing powder / softner
  • Bathrobe
  • Towels
  • Hairdryer / straightener / curlers
  • Makeup
  • Airer


  • Any personal prescriptions
  • Paracetamol / neurofen / ibuprofen
  • Cold and flu medicine (freshers flu is real)
  • Vitamins
  • Plasters
  • Birth control pills
  • Condoms
  • Plasters
  • Tampons / sanitary pads
  • Razors
  • Brush / comb
  • Suncream
  • Hair bobbles / bobby pins


  • Paper (refillable pads and for the printer if you have one)
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Sharpener
  • Rubber
  • Ruler
  • Calculator
  • Markers
  • Highlighters
  • Coloured pens / felt tips
  • Pen pot
  • Folders
  • Tabs
  • Flashcards
  • Push pins
  • Memory stick
  • Blue tack
  • Scissors
  • Sellotape
  • Hole punch
  • Stapler and staples
  • Sticky notes
  • Paper clips
  • Plastic wallets
  • Labels / stickers
  • Diary / planner
  • Any uni books needed in advance


  • ID
  • Passport / passport photos
  • Railcard
  • Any university documents: proof of acceptance, halls information and address, letters from SFE, Wi-Fi codes etc.
  • NI Number
  • Bank card and bank details

Final note, make sure you have change on you at ALL times! Student shops don’t usually mind giving you your change in pound coins / 50p’s for the washing machines or the bus. But don’t leave yourself in sticky situations where you cant get a bus home because you have no change, bus drivers are fussy with giving change from a £20 note.

Which university do you go to, and what do you study?

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