University Packing List

August 12, 2017
I'm writing this before results day so fingers crossed I'll actually be going to uni this year because else this post will be incredibly awkward but I thought I'd create a concise list of things that you'll need to take to uni because I've seen a number of people feel completely clueless as the lists online differ a lot and I'm not saying that you should completely stick to what I say because obviously I haven't actually been to uni but I've done a lot of research into creating this post so hopefully it will be of some help to you... here's my University Packing List.

  • Duvet 
  • Duvet covers 
  • Sheets
  • Pillows
  • Pillow cases
  • Blanket - obviously this isn't essential if you have a duvet but who doesn't love a blanket tbh?
  • Cushions - again, not essential but it may give your room a more homely feel
  • Desk lamp - check with your uni whether or not these are provided though
  • Rug - this isn't a necessity but I know I'll be taking mine to brighten up my room a bit
  • Mattress protector - this is one of the first things I bought for uni because the thought of sleeping on a mattress that has been slept on by god knows who freaks me out a bit
  • Clothes hangers 
  • Some sort of desk tidy
  • All of your favourite things that will make you feel at home. For example, I'll be taking random items for my pin board 
  • Reed diffusers - you're not allowed candles but you still want a lovely smelling room
  • Alarm clock, or just use your phone if you want to save some money
  • Laundry bag or basket
  • Books
  • Some sort of tin or container to keep a secret stash of snacks 
Bathroom (I will be having an ensuite so you probably won't need all of this if you're sharing)
  • Towels - I'll probably take three towels with me, two for normal showering and then one for my hair dye but obviously it just depends on how many you feel that you need
  • All of your wash stuff - I don't know what you use in the shower but make sure you bring it
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash if you use it
  • Painkillers if, like me, you're constantly ill
  • Some sort of shower caddy to keep it tidy
  • Shower mat 
  • Floor mat
  • Bin if it isn't provided
  • Toilet roll
  • Cleaning supplies - I'm not sure if all unis have cleaners for bathrooms but cleaning your own bathroom is important too as you don't want to be living in dirt. My mother went a bit overboard and has bought me a massive mop for my bathroom...
  • Sanitary towels/tampons if you're female
  • Plasters - maybe not everyone needs these but I know I'll be taking a mini first aid kit because I'm literally always falling over
  • Hand wash
  • Plates 
  • Bowls
  • Mugs 
  • Glasses
  • Paper plates for when you don't want to wash up
  • Cutlery - I've had my eye on a glittery set from Asda for a while now
  • Saucepans
  • Wok 
  • Frying pan
  • Oven trays - is that what they are called? I want to say baking trays but that doesn't feel right either?
  • Egg timer - ok this definitely isn't essential but my mother bought me a boiled egg timer in the shape of a chicken that changes colour and that just proves how extra I probably am
  • Tea towels
  • Kitchen roll
  • Cleaning supplies 
  • Washing up gloves
  • Washing up liquid, oh I'm going to miss my dishwasher
  • Cheese grater or just do what I do and buy already grated cheese
  • Tin opener
  • Knives - I actually bought a knife block but you probably don't need that
  • Oven gloves
  • Tupperware for leftover food or to carry your lunch around
  • Pizza cutter (life hack: just use scissors, SO much easier) 
  • Scissors 
  • Measuring jug
  • Bottle opener
  • Cling film/tin foil/sandwich bags
  • Colander 
  • Alcohol unless you don't drink, of course
  • Door stop, I've seen this on every list ever
  • Blu tac
  • Batteries, you never know when you're going to need batteries
  • Ethernet cable, apparently some wifi isn't great
  • Ear plugs
  • Clothes dryer - I don't know what other people call it but the thing that you eh... lay your clothes on to dry?
  • Hand sanitiser - this is good to keep anywhere in your accommodation and in your bag
  • Febreeze/any type of room spray
  • Umbrella
  • Washing powder
  • Command hooks
Stationery supplies/Electronic items
  • Laptop/Computer and charger
  • Phone charger
  • Earphones
  • Any hair appliances
  • Notebooks
  • Ring binders
  • Plastic wallets
  • Pens
  • Highlighters
  • Pencils, depending on your course
  • Post it notes
  • Ruler
  • Calculator
  • Planner/diary
  • Hole punch
  • Sellotape
  • Extension lead
Obviously this doesn't include personal things and clothing because well let's be honest, I don't know which clothes you're going to take! However, hopefully it gives you a rough guideline to get you prepared for this new chapter of your life. Also, remember all of your important documents like a form of ID!

If you're looking for some reasonably priced places to buy your uni stuff because obviously you don't want to be spending loads of money, I've bought a lot of mine from B&M, Asda, Poundland, Primark and IKEA. Definitely worth checking them out and also remember to check the sale sections of places because there's often really good bargains! I often find this with TKMaxx.

What do you think is the most important thing to move out with?



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