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What to Pack for University

By ThanoushaRLA 17 Jun 2021

Have you applied to study at university? Moving into halls or private accommodation next year? This is our complete guide of what to pack so you’ll be prepared and ready to settle into university life! *


  • Bedsheets
  • Pillow Cases
  • Pillows
  • Duvet Covers
  • Duvet
  • Mattress protector
  • Mattress topper
  • Blanket


  • Your everyday clothes: bring all of your usual trousers, tops, underwear, pyjamas, shoes and also warm clothes like jumpers and coats so you’ll be prepared for the cold
  • Sports clothing, if you’re thinking about taking up a sport at university
  • Formal clothing, for any dinners or events you might attend as part of your course/societies
  • Fancy dress/going out clothes for all the unexpected university socials
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  • Phone/Laptop
  • Chargers
  • USB/Memory Stick
  • Extension leads
  • Ethernet cable
  • Headphones/Earphones
  • Hair tools: hairdryers/straighteners/curling irons
  • Batteries


  • Mugs and Drinking Glasses
  • Bowls and Plates
  • Cutlery
  • Saucepan/Frying Pan/Wok
  • Baking Trays
  • Chopping board
  • Tupperware
  • Measuring Jug
  • Oven Gloves/Tea Towels
  • Cleaning products: cloths/sponges/scouring pad and spray/wipes
  • Foil/Cling Film/Baking Paper
  • Sieve/Colander
  • Extra appliances, e.g: blender, rice cooker, toastie-maker
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  • Hand soap
  • Bathroom mat
  • Towels
  • Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser, deodorant, etc.
  • Sanitary products
  • Air freshener
  • Loo roll


  • Notebooks, journals, paper
  • Academic diary/planner
  • Pens/Pencils/Highlighters/Erasers
  • Scissors/Glue/Tape
  • Sticky notes, stationery
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  • Forms of ID (passport, drivers licence, etc)
  • Bank statement
  • Student finance documents
  • NHS medical number
  • National Insurance Number


  • Laundry bag/basket
  • Hangers
  • Umbrella
  • Bags
  • Clothes dryer and pegs
  • Dropdown storage box or storage baskets
  • Pack of cards
  • Mirror
  • Water bottle/thermos flask
  • Hot water bottle
  • Musical instruments
  • Room décor: posters, pictures
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* We hope you’ve found this list useful! Be sure to check your university accommodation guidelines for items that may be included and for any items that are not allowed in halls. You can also find more information on the Student Intranet.

Wishing you the best of luck with your university experience! 




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