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Student guide on what to take to university

Student guide on what to take to university
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Congratulations! If you have just found out you have got into uni, or you are going into the next year of university, well done! Now comes the stressful part on what to pack, but don’t worry we have a guide to help you decide what to take to university and what you can live without!


As most people haven’t been away from home for more than 3 weeks, it can be very difficult to know what to pack and leave at home. Which is why it can be tempting to pack everything including the kitchen sink so you don’t get the dreaded feeling that you’ve forgot something. But stick to our list and you’ll be fine!


Before you start, make sure you check what your halls/house provide you. Most halls come equip with kettles and irons etc., so make sure you check so you don’t have double.

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  • Driving licence, or some form of ID
  • Passport if you are entering a private rented accommodation from an agency due to right to lent legislation.
  • University admissions letter
  • Student finance documents
  • Accommodation documents
  • Bank details and bank cards
  • First aid items (Remember to pack plenty of paracetamol for the dreaded fresher’s flu.)
  • Personal medication
  • Blu tac or pins (check with your accommodation to see whether you can put pins or blu tac in your walls as some don’t allow this).
  • Playing cards (also help for pre-drinks!).


  • Duvet, pillows and bed sheets. (Bring an extra pair of bed sheets for when the other is in the wash).
  • Door stop (this helps being sociable in the first few weeks!)
  • Laundry bag
  • Clothes airer
  • Clothes
  • Shoes
  • At least one fancy dress outfit (there is always a fancy dress night in freshers)


  • Cutlery set
  • Bowls and plates
  • Mugs and glasses
  • Set of kitchen utensils


  • Towels
  • Toothbrush
  • Bath mat


  • Laptop & charger
  • Phone & charger
  • Headphones
  • Hairdryer and other hair styling products
  • extension lead


Tips to remember!


  • Make sure you have all your vaccinations are up to date. Especially measles, mumps, rubella and meningitis.
  • Register with a local GP, make sure you do this in fresher’s week (in case of freshers flu!)
  • Remember items such as toothpaste, shampoo, academic items (books, pens etc.) are easier to buy when you arrive. This will help with the weight and amount of luggage when arriving.


Stick to this list and you will be fine! If you still need to find a house for this September, Click here to view our full range of houses.

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