What You Really Need to Take to Uni

To some extent, we’re all hoarders – but, of course, some are worse than others.

Now, when you’re leaving home to embark on a shiny new chapter as a fancy-free young student, you’ll need to pack up your life and move it to your halls or student house share.

But, do you really need to pack up your whole life? Probably not (you don’t need that old formula stained teddy bear you got for your third birthday unless it somehow ties in with your uni work, do you?).

When moving to uni, you should pack light and only take the essentials, plus a few home comforts to help you settle in. Not sure where to start? Here’s our ABC ultimate student packing checklist (what you really need to take to uni)…

The essential uni packing list


  • Passport, driving license or some kind of ID.
  • Uni admissions letter (in case anyone thinks you’re an imposter)
  • All of your student finance documents.
  • Accommodation papers.
  • Your course acceptance letter.
  • Your bank deets and bank card.
  • Passport pics.

Electrical Items

  • Your laptop, computer and charger.
  • Headphones.
  • Phone and charger.
  • Hair dryer and hair styling stuff (unless you’re bald)
  • Extension leads.
  • USB cables and external hard drives.
  • A TV and/or games console for leisure time (if you’re a gamer, of course).

Clothing and linen

  • A couple of novelty or fancy dress items for freshers week.
  • 14-days worth of pants, socks and general wear t-shirts.
  • Sports and swimwear.
  • A few sweaters or knits.
  • One decent pair of shoes, a pair of messy trainers and a pair of everyday shoes or trainers.
  • Flip flops if you have a communal bathroom.
  • Three pairs of trousers or jeans.
  • Three pairs of shorts.
  • Four or five dress shirts or smart tees/polo tees.
  • Three towels: two for home, one for sports or leisure.
  • A waterproof jacket, winter jacket, dress jacket and everyday jacket.
  • Your favourite loungewear.
  • Two sets of bedding.
  • A mattress protector
  • A hot water bottle (to save a little on the heating bill).
  • A decent laundry bag.


  • A bottle opener.
  • A plate, bowl, knife, fork, teaspoon and tablespoon.
  • A Swiss army knife (wonderfully versatile).
  • A pot of change for washing machines or bus fares.
  • A medical kit with painkillers, plasters, bandages and rehydration sachets.
  • Toothbrush toothpaste and personal grooming stuff.
  • Blu Tack.
  • A couple of pictures and posters (don’t go overboard).
  • Febreze.
  • Batteries, both double and triple A.

Of course, academic supplies can be bought on campus should you need them and once you’re in your new uni pad, you and your house or hall mates can pitch in to get domestic and kitchen stuff or appliances, if they haven’t already been provided – so don’t sweat it.

We hope this checklist will serve to take the stress out of packing and we hope you have the best time at university – enjoy!

Oh, and for added inspiration, check out this cool Pinterest board all about packing essentials for uni.


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