So you’re about to start your first term – how do you decide what to take to Uni? Thankfully, our University Packing Checklist has you covered!

  1. Important Documents

The following documents will be extremely important for your move to university, especially during your first few weeks where you will be registering at the halls of residence, at the university itself and also at other social aspects such as sports teams or the students’ society. Make copies (paper and digital) of all of them and keep all of them together in a secure file to ensure none of them go missing. When deciding what to take to uni, it’s important to think about virtual storage like Google Drive or the Apple iCloud to keep documents safe and easily accessible, too.

  • Passport/driving license or some form of ID

  • All official university documents, including your acceptance letter

  • All your Student Finance documents

  • Accommodation documents

  • Your course acceptance letter

  • Your bank details and bank card

  • Passport photos

  • National Insurance card

2. Electrical Items/Entertainment

It really goes without saying that you’ll want to bring entertainment with you to university, such as your laptop. After all, how else will you procrastinate other than binge-watching the latest Netflix series? You may even want to bring your own TV, but you should check with your university/accommodation before you pack it. If you’re moving into student halls, you should check with your accommodation office if you will need to pack an Ethernet cable, or whether internet is wireless.

  • Laptop/computer and charger

  • Headphones

  • Phone and charger

  • Hair dryer and hair styling tools

  • Extension leads

  • Speakers

  • External hard drive

  • Ethernet cable, HDMI cable, etc

  • Cable adapters

  • Camera

3. Clothing Items

Clothing is usually a no-brainer, you’ll most likely know which items of clothing you want to take with you to university. Nevertheless, we thought we would summarise the basic essentials into a handy list, including a few extras that you may have forgotten about, to make sure you’ve got everything you need for all occasions.

  • Comfortable clothing

  • Everyday clothing

  • Everyday shoes

  • Formal clothing

  • Formal shoes

  • Smart-casual clothing

  • Nightwear

  • Seasonal clothing (hats, scarves, gloves, sunglasses)

  • Costume clothing (for themed parties!)

  • Dressing gown

  • Swimwear

  • Backpack

  • Gym Bag

  • Clothes hangers

  • Raincoat

  • Winter boots

  • Slippers

  • Flip-flops (especially if you have a communal bathroom!

4. Academic Items

Academic supplies such as books and notepads can take up a significant amount of weight and space in your luggage. So, don’t panic, you can always stock up on everything you need when you get to university. Most university campuses will have a shop providing all of the essential stationery items. That said, there are a few basic essentials the University Packing Checklist recommends you take with you just to get started with.

  • Sellotape

  • Journal/diary/planner

  • Folders

  • Paper

  • Pens and pencils

  • Sticky notes

  • Paper clips

  • Stapler and staples

  • Highlighters

Your university will likely send you a ‘recommended reading list’ prior to your arrival at uni, and purchasing all of these textbooks right off the bat can seem like the sensible, organised thing to do. However, it’s best to wait until you’ve actually started your course and assessed the situation before you decide which books you absolutely need to purchase. Because not only do they take up a hefty amount of space and weight in your luggage – they’re expensive! You’ll quickly learn that you can find many of them in the library for free, or you could even borrow/share them with your course-mates. Moreover, many universities hold second-hand book fairs in which students in the years above can sell their textbooks to new students.

5. Kitchen Items

What to take to uni for your kitchen? If you’re living in halls of residence, you will most likely have a fully stocked kitchen, so there’s no need to pack up a toaster, kettle or a microwave. It’s always worthwhile checking with your accommodation office beforehand – if you do require these items, we’d recommend picking up some basic versions from your local supermarket to save on your pennies. And, don’t forget about the basics.

  • A couple of bowls and plates

  • Cutlery

  • Mugs and glasses

  • Reusable food containers/tupperware

  • Travel mug

  • Bottle opener

  • Tin opener

  • Water filter

  • Saucepan

  • Wok

  • Sharp knife

  • Baking tray

  • Frying pan

  • Oven gloves

  • Tea towels

  • Cheese grater

  • Vegetable peeler

  • Dish cloths/sponges

6. Bedroom Items

Again, if you’re living in halls of residence, rooms will be furnished with all of the essentials; a bed, a desk, a desk chair, a bedside table, etc. So, what to take for uni? All there is left for you to worry about is the basics. Don’t forget to ask about the size of your bed!

  • Duvet

  • Bedsheets

  • Pillows

  • Pillow cases

  • Mattress protector

  • Clothes hangers

  • Laundry bag or basket (for dragging items to and from the laundry room)

  • Clothes horse

  • Door stop

  • Ear plugs

  • Hot water bottle

  • Waste basket

  • Mini sewing kit

  • Mini iron and ironing board

7. Bathroom Items

If you’re sharing a bathroom with others in your halls of residence, you’ll want to bring your own towels. And, you’ll be very thankful for shower shoes, trust us…we’re recommending what to take to uni from experience!

  • Towels (for hands, face and body)

  • Toothbrush and toothbrush holder

  • Bathrobe

  • Shower shoes

8. Toiletries/Medical Supplies

  • Personal prescription medicine

  • Allergy medicine

  • Paracetamol/cold & flu medicine (you’ll need it for Freshers’ Flu!)

  • Multivitamins

  • Plasters

  • Antiseptic cream

  • Antiseptic wipes

  • Birth control pills

  • Condoms

  • Tampons/sanitary pads

  • Nail scissors

  • Razors

  • Comb/brush

  • Cosmetics

  • Suncream

  • Hair ties

  • Bobby pins

  • Toiletries bag

9. Miscellaneous

These random items might slip your mind when you’re deciding what to take to uni, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how handy some of them can be in your time of need. Most of these can be found on Amazon for cheap prices!

  • A torch

  • Blu-tac or pins

  • Febreeze

  • Change for washing machines and bus fares

  • Playing cards

  • Alarm clock

  • Batteries

  • Umbrella

  • Handheld hoover

  • Tool kit

  • Books

  • Sports equipment

  • Beach towel

10. Essential non-essentials

The following items aren’t exactly essentials, but we can almost guarantee that you’ll want to bring them to have in your new room, to give it that touch of home.

  • Photos of family and friends

  • Throw blankets/cushions for decoration

  • Fake plants for decoration

  • Fairy lights for decoration

  • Wall mirror/full-length mirror

  • Bulletin board


We hope this Ultimate Packing Checklist serves you well on deciding what to take to Uni. Stay safe and enjoy the experience!

Written by the Become A Dentist Team

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