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University packing checklist

University packing checklist


A laptop is one of the most useful items to have at university. In breaks between lectures, you can load up your computer and continue working pretty much wherever you like. Head to the library, park or grab a bite to eat in the union — it’s totally up to you!

Creative courses are better suited to Macbooks, whereas other students likely need access to Microsoft Office programs on a PC.

You’ll also want a decent smartphone. Something that will allow you to video-chat with parents, take snaps on nights out, audio-record lectures, keep you connected on social media, and more. Don’t forget to download helpful utility apps too, which can help you stay organised.

Home comforts

It’s not just the fully stocked fridge you’ll miss. To combat home sickness, take along a few photographs. You can also ensure the transition from bedroom to student halls isn’t too troublesome by bringing along home comforts such as bean bags, soft toys and posters.


To get top marks, you’ll need to take notes and stay organised. There’s no need to splurge your student loan on expensive stationery. Just stock up on A4 refill pads, ballpoint pens and basic lever arch files.


Don’t be tempted to pack your whole wardrobe and shoe collection: it’s unlikely you’ll have much space in your new room. Just take what you need until you next return home, remembering those ‘just-in-case’ items like a swimming costume and rain jacket.

Health and wellbeing

Though you can of course pick up items while you’re there, it’s a good idea to get as much shopping as possible out of the way, and leave more time to make friends and explore the campus.

Make sure you pack a first-aid kit, basic medicines (e.g. paracetamol, indigestion tablets), contraceptives, any prescriptions, and toiletries. You’ll also want some basic cleaning supplies, such as furniture polish and washing-up liquid.

Are you getting ready to go to uni? What other preparations are you making for the big move? Let us know in the comments below!


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