Saturday, 15 August 2009

What to take to univerisity

Alot of the list around seem excessive or not enough so im going to post my actual packing list for 2nd year. Yes im starting early but dont fancy running around like a headless chicken at the last minute again


• Passport Photos Passport
• Driving Licence
• National Insurance Number
• NHS Medical Card
• Details of your vaccination history
• Insurance Documents
• TV Licence (Not needed if you plan to use your TV only for watching DVDs/Playing Games etc.)
• Support Notification
• Any Information from your LEA, the SLC (Student Loans Company) or Student Finance Direct
• Your Unconditional Offer from the University
• Any Documents regarding your Accommodation
• Cheque Book
• Paying-In Book
• Bank or Building Society Details
• Travel Discount Cards (16-25 Railcard etc)
• CV & References
• CRB Check - Applicants copy (if required by your course)


• Reading List
• Academic Diary / Wall Planner / Calendar
• Dictionary
• Thesaurus
• GCSE and A-Level results/certificates. (Some Universities use these during your induction)

Stationery and Educational Equipment

• Notice or Message Board – check as usually provided by the university
• Lined Paper
• Printing Paper
• Jotter Pad – saves carrying files of paper to lectures
• Pens
• Pencils
• Highlighters
• Permanent All-Surface Markers (useful for marking what's yours!)
• White Tack or Blu Tack
• Scissors
• Sellotape
• Hole Puncher
• Stapler
• Post-it Notes or Flag Markers
• Pins for sticking things to any cork boards provided
• Ruler(s)
• A4 Ring Binders or Lever Arch Folders
• Paper or Plastic Wallets
• Envelopes & Stamps
• Rubbers
• Sharpener
• Calculator (especially if you're doing maths or maths :P) + spare batteries

Electrical Appliances

• Extension leads
• Computer/Laptop & charger
o USB Pen drive
o CD-R/RW for creating hard back ups
o External Harddrive – usefull for backing stuff up but generally I just save it to the uni system over the internet and my harddrive.
• Printer – if you don’t have one already wait till you get there as it may be
cheaper to print in the library
• Alarm Clock
• Mobile Phone & charger
• Television (You will probably need to purchase a TV license).
• Digital Camera
• Batteries and charger
• MP3 Player/iPod (with charger and USB connector and headphones)
• Speakers and Connector
• Headphones
• DVD Player
• Digibox
• Games consoles
• Hair Dryer
• Hair Straighteners / Curling Tongs

Personal Items

• Nail Clippers
• Nail Scissors
• Tweezers
• Deodorant
• Hairbrush / Comb
• Razor
• Shaving Gel
• Cologne
• Body Lotion
• Body Spray
• Perfume
• Condoms/Femidoms
• Hair Dye
• Hair Products
• Jewellery Box
• Make-up
• Moisturiser
• Prescription Glasses/spare pair (and a copy of your prescription)
• Contacts & contacts solution
• Earplugs
• Brace/retainer & accessories
• Towels/Face Cloths/Sponges

First Aid Kit

• Prescription Medicines
• Contraception
• Multivitamins
• Painkillers
• Plasters
• Antiseptic Wipes
• Antiseptic Cream
• Blister Plasters
• Cold/Flu Remedy
• Throat Lozenges
• Pro-Plus
• Nytol
• Anti-allergy Tablets
• A Cold/Hot Pack
• Sanitary Towels/Tampons [For the females among us]


• Dressing Gown
• Pyjamas
• Slippers
• Flip-flops (for communal showers/summer & 'beach' parties)
• Swimwear
• Normal, casual clothing
• Formal wear
• Gym or Sporting Clothes
• School Tie (for the school discos you're BOUND to have!)
• A warm coat, gloves, scarf, hat and a brolly (so many students pack in sunny September and get caught out/cold when Autumn/Winter starts to bite)
• Fancy Dress Items [seriously]
• Clean underwear
• Smart clothing and smart shoes suitable for interviews for part-time jobs

Fancy Dress

Take any suitable tools and items that will come in useful for a costume. It's best to get them in advanced otherwise you may pay over the odds. Usual themes include
• Possibly clothes/ accessories for
• 80s night theme
• Beach/ Full moon party
• Cowboy night
• Emergency/999 theme
• School disco night
• Halloween/ Christmas/ Easter/ Valentines

Bathroom Items

• Hand Towels
• Bath Towels
• Wash Bag
• Toothbrush
• Toothpaste
• Mouthwash
• Floss
• Soap
• Shower gel
• Shampoo
• Conditioner
• Razor/epilator/hair removing equipment
• Shaving cream
• Toilet roll
• Air freshener
• Anti-perspirant/deodorant.
• Dry Shampoo- or just tie it up

Bedroom Item

• Sheets
• Duvet
• Duvet/Quilt Cover
• Pillows
• Pillow Cases
• Mattress Protector – you don’t know what has happened on your mattress before you moved in
• Blanket

Other Stuff
• Cushions so that your bed is both a bed and a sofa
• Cuddly toys :)
• Sleeping Bag
• Take something to eat for your first night's meal, as it might be a bit hectic.

Kitchen Items

Check with your uni as appliances are normally provided but if they arent
• Kettle
• Toaster
• Toasted Sandwich Maker

• Small Casserole Dish
• Wok or Large Frying Pan (with lid)
• Large Saucepan (with lid)
• Small Saucepan (with lid)
• Flat Baking Tray (for Oven Chips!)
• Tin Opener
• Bottle Opener
• Corkscrew
• Vegetable Peeler
• Cheese Grater
• Wooden Spoons or Spatulas
• Masher
• Microwavable Bowl
• Measuring Jug
• Colander
• Whisk
• Chopping Knives
• Chopping Board
• Tupperware (plastic) tubs for storing left overs. Write something on the lids and the tubs to prevent them going missing
Other Kitchen Items
• Glasses (Wine Glasses, Shot Glasses, Pint Glasses, tumblers, high-ball)
o Cutlery (Knives, Forks, Spoons) Tip - Taking just 1 or 2 of everything will encourage you to wash them straight away
o Crockery (Plates, Bowls, Mugs, Cups)
• Oven Glove
• Tea Towels
• Baking Foil
• Cling Film
• Sandwich Bags
• Bin bags
• Kitchen Scissors
• A set of Scales or Balances

Laundry and Housekeeping Items

• Febreze
• Vanish
• Washing Powder
• Fabric Softener
• Laundry Bag
• Clothes Horse
• Coat hangers
• Washing up Liquid
• Washing up Sponge/Cloth
• Kitchen Towel
• Toilet Roll
• Cleaning Equipment

• Posters often a stand at the freshers’ fair
• Photos
• Postcards
• Rug
• Throw
• Cushions
• Beanbag
• Fairy lights/Disco Balls/Lava Lamps etc


• Loose Change (for washing machines)
• Extra Storage – Boxes, Shelves, Hanging pocket organizer etc
• Holdall or Weekend Bag
• Torch
• Pen Knife
• Safety Pins
• Small Sewing Kit
• Door Wedge
• Tissues
• Lip Balm/ Chap Stick
• Balls/ Frisbees
• Sports Equipment
• Bike – if you think you will use it
• Musical instrument- if you realistically play often be honest as they take up a lot of space in a small room
• Umbrella
• Tray
• Recipe Book
• Super glue - very useful for fixing things
• Store Cupboard Ingredients (Oil, Spices, Tin and Packet Food)
• Alcohol.
• Money!!
• Spare birthday cards, for when you forget


Gillian said...

Thats actually really helpful, thanks. I lived at home for my first degree so this will be the first time I've had to pack all my stuff up and move. You're right, a lot of other lists just seem excessive. You can bet I'll still forget something though!

brokenangel said...

Glad to be of service, i forgot alsorts but luckerly its only a 30min drive from home so i went and picked stuff up. Dont forget washing up liquid and bin bags

bartknopik said...

Thanks, this is helpful. I looked online at and have selected a school, now I know what to bring.

Its almost to much :-)