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What to take to university checklist

Off to uni? Leave the toastie maker behind, but you may want a doorstop. This is the essential checklist on what to take to university, and what not to take!cat in a bagYou've probably arrived at this guide because you've nailed A Level exams (congrats) and university admissions, but realised that your first uni assignment is already due. And the title is:

An investigation into WTF I need to take to university, and what I should leave behind.

Well luckily for you, we've done pretty much all the research for you. In fact, we've written the draft right here! It probably just needs a few tweaks from you based on your own personal needs...

Thinking about what to pack

pack for universityThere are hundreds of things you might want to take to university, but remember: you're not moving to the moon.

They will have shops where you're going, and it could be easier (and cheaper) to wait until arriving at university before buying some items.

And while the moon has plenty of space (no pun intended), your new room probably doesn't.

Taking too much stuff is one of the 36 mistakes every fresher makes. As a rough guide, only take what will fit on the back seats of a car.

Use the list below as a prompt so you don't forget anything you do need. You'll also find our editable Google Doc checklist at the end. 🙂

To save you time, we'll direct you to sites to review or buy items. Amazon is often the easiest and cheapest, and right now offer Prime Student free for 6 months which includes unlimited free next day deliveries! 😀

Important documents

student documents

International students may also need to bring: visa documentation, travel insurance, proof of funds, pound sterling cash, English translation book.

Electrical items to take to uni

electric bulbs

Kitchen checklist

kitchen utensilsIf you're in shared living, you'll no doubt end up with one toastie maker per person... in fact there will be multiples of lots of kitchen items.

You'll 100% want to take things like your own plates and cutlery, but most people are happy to share cooking equipment, and appliances like kettles and toasters are normally supplied.

Have this in mind if you're sharing a kitchen because below is an exhaustive list of things to take to university. To help we've roughly ordered items by priority!

  • Student recipe book (Nosh for Students is great)
  • Small cutlery set
  • Plate
  • Bowl
  • Mug
  • Glass
  • Sharp knife (general purpose)
  • Scissors
  • Tupperware (food storage tricks)
  • Multitool
  • Bottle opener
  • Chopping board
  • Kitchen tongs
  • Ladle
  • Spatula
  • Wok and/or frying pan
  • Sauce pan with lid
  • Colander
  • Measuring jug
  • Can opener
  • Peeler
  • Cheese grater
  • Whisk
  • Baking tray
  • Oven gloves
  • Tea towel
  • AeroPress (for good coffee)
  • Washing up liquid
  • Washing up sponge or brush
  • Bin bags
  • Tin foil
  • Cling-film
  • Cupboard essentials
Love to cook? We've got 23 kitchen gadgets for you too 😉

Bedroom things to pack

student dormBasic bedroom furniture should all be provided by your university or accommodation provider. Typically this includes a bed, bedside table, desk, lamp, chair, wardrobe, mirror, curtains and a bin. Still, it's worth checking for sure, especially the bed size!

Not living in student accommodation? You may need to setup bills too, including student broadband and energy.

Bathroom checklist

bathroom hair dryer

  • Bath towel
  • Hand towel
  • Dressing gown
  • Hand soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Shower gel
  • Flip-flops (communal showers)
  • Toilet roll
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Hair straighteners
  • Hair dryer
  • Make-up and remover
  • Nail cutters
  • Tweezers
  • Plasters (or small first-aid kit)
  • Razors and shaving cream
  • Sanitary products
  • Contraceptives
  • STI testing kit
  • Paracetamol
  • Medication
  • Personal supplies (eg. contact lens solution)
Create and edit your own personal checklist using our free Google Doc 🙂

What clothes to take to uni

clothes to take

Credit: Warner Bros.

You'll have plenty of clothes already, but if you need a wardrobe refresh these retailers offer student discount. And remember to pack a smart outfit if you plan to apply for jobs!

  • T-shirts
  • Shirts
  • Tops
  • Dresses/skirts
  • Jumpers
  • Sweatshirts
  • Jeans
  • Smart trousers
  • Tights
  • Rain coat
  • Winter coat
  • Underwear
  • Pyjamas
  • Socks
  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • Trainers
  • Slippers
  • Smart shoes or heels
  • Suit jacket
  • Tie
  • Watch
  • Handbag
  • Gym kit
  • Swimming kit
  • Fancy dress outfit (22 cheap costume ideas)
Don't blow the budget! For easy and enjoyable budgeting, use Starling Bank's free app and transfer money across as you need it.

Stationery to bring to uni

university stationery

  • Pens and pencils
  • Ruler
  • Pencil case
  • Scissors
  • Stapler & staples
  • Highlighters
  • A4 or A5 writing pad
  • Student planner
  • Document storage folders
  • Ring-binders
  • Printer paper
  • White tack
  • Post-it notes
  • Calculator
  • Course textbooks (Amazon - Blackwell's)

Miscellaneous items to take to uni

overpacked car

Free editable checklist

Best online retailers for students

With so much to buy, things can get expensive! Check out our Back to Uni deals and student discounts directory to save big money.

Once you finally arrive at uni, follow our checklist of what you should do first. Best of luck 🙂


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