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What to Take to University

By Roomy Team

What to Take to University-student blog What to Take to University-student blog

Starting university for the first time this September?

As well as being the best years of your life and super exciting time it can also be a bit of a daunting task. In particular, packing up your life to start somewhere new. To make things easier we've put together a little guide on what to pack, so you have one less thing to worry about.

Depending on whether you’re a minimalist or not try to remember that university life isn’t much different to life back home and anything you forget can always be sent by courier.

The list below is broken down into:

  • Important Documents
  • Bedding
  • Bathroom
  • Electrical
  • Studying
  • Clothing
  • Kitchen
  • Medical

We’ve also included this as a downloadable PDF on the bottom of the page so you can print off or fill on a tablet.

[Final note it’s always worth double checking what the university or student accommodation will provide you with first.]

Important Documents

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 them all together

  • Passport/driving license or some form of ID
  • All official university documents, including your acceptance letter
  • Your course acceptance letter
  • All your Student Finance documents
  • Accommodation documents
  • Your bank details and bank card
  • Passport photos
  • National Insurance card
  • Exam certificates
  • Room insurance
  • Details of your health insurance (overseas students)
  • CV



  • Bedding Pack
  • Mattress protector
  • Laundry bag or basket (for dragging items to and from the laundry room)
  • Doorstop
  • Earplugs
  • Hot water bottle

Bathroom Items

If you’re sharing a bathroom with others in your halls of residence, you’ll want to bring your own towels. And make sure to pack a pair of sliders or flip flops

  • Towels (for hands, face and body)
  • Toothbrush and toothbrush holder
  • Bathrobe
  • Flip flops / sliders


  • Laptop/computer and charger
  • Headphones
  • Phone, charger and battery pack
  • Hair dryer
  • Extension leads
  • Speakers
  • External hard drive
  • USB Drive
  • Socket converter (if you are an international student)


If you're staying in halls, the information you receive from your university should tell you what will be provided in your room. Many rooms will already have a noticeboard, for example, so you won't need to buy one. Some students recommend taking only the bare minimum in terms of stationery, and then buying the rest as and when you need it after you've settled in. Also we haven’t included course specific books as you might want to use these at the library first.

  • Backpack
  • Noticeboard (all halls rooms should have one already)
  • Pack of cheap copy paper for printing
  • A4 file paper / notebooks with tear out sheets
  • Jotter or reporter pad
  • Pen drive/memory stick
  • Pens, Pencils & Highlighters
  • Permanent all-surface markers or sharpies
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Sharpener
  • Tippex
  • Pencil case
  • White Tack or Blu Tack
  • Scissors & Sellotape
  • Stapler/staples, Paper clips,
  • Post-it notes or flag markers
  • Hole puncher, A4 ring binders Lever-arch folders
  • Paper/plastic wallets
  • Calculator (especially if you're doing maths, but even if you're doing English literature)
  • Student planner/diary
  • Language dictionary (if relevant to your course)
  • International students might want to take an English phrase-book.


Not an exhaustive list but a good start.

  • Comfortable clothing
  • Everyday clothing
  • Everyday shoes
  • Formal clothing
  • Formal shoes
  • Smart-causal clothing
  • Nightwear
  • Seasonal clothing (hats, scarves, gloves, sunglasses)
  • Costume clothing (for themed parties!)
  • Dressing gown
  • Swimwear
  • Backpack
  • Gym Bag
  • Clothes hangers
  • Raincoat
  • Winter boots
  • Slippers



Obviously, you don't need any of this if you are living in a fully catered halls of residence. Even in self-catering, check what is provided before you go out and buy stuff.


  • A good cookbook such as Mob Kitchen or Jamie Olivers’ 5 Ingredients
  • Small casserole dish
  • Small frying pan
  • 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 (for those fancy guests)
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Cheese grater
  • Wooden spoons or spatulas
  • Masher
  • Microwavable bowl
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring jugSieve
  • Colander
  • Whisk
  • Chopping knives
  • Chopping boards for meat and veg
  • Kitchen scissors
  • Tea towels



  • Personal prescription medicine
  • Allergy medicine
  • Paracetamol/cold & flu medicine for surviving the Freshers Flu
  • Multivitamins
  • Plasters
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Birth control pills
  • Condoms
  • Tampons/sanitary pads
  • Nail scissors
  • Razors
  • Comb/brush
  • Cosmetics
  • Suncream
  • Hair ties
  • Kirby grips 
  • Toiletries bag


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