University packing guide – Everything you need to take to uni

By 20/06/2022Top Tips
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So you’ve been accepted into university and you’re getting ready to move, but what exactly do you need to take with you to uni and what should you leave at home? We will discuss everything you could need in this blog post.   

Packing for uni especially if you leave it late can be a stressful time and by not planning what you should take to uni you can often under or overpack.  

In our opinion, it can be better to overpack because if you take too much you can simply hire out a student storage locker for an affordable price. On the other hand, if you pack too little you may end up wasting your money by having to buy the same items again.

Things you need to take for your university bedroom

We’ve seen students in the past trying to take their beds to uni, thankfully you don’t have to do that as halls and private residences will come with the basic furniture, although these will depend massively from one location to another.  

At a minimum you should take:

  • Bedding
  • Pillows
  • Sheets

To make your student accommodation feel more homely you could also take cushions, rugs and new curtains. If you are working on a budget these are items you can do without.

Other items you will want to pack with you for your room will include:

  • Lighting
  • Laptop or computer
  • Phone chargers and laptop chargers
  • TV
  • Photos of family and friends
  • Clothes and a clothes horse
  • Clothes basket
  • Books
  • Headphones or earplugs
  • Medicine
  • Pens, pencils and paper

For the bathroom at a minimum you will want to take:

For the bathroom most of the items you will need to take are self-explanatory, however when you are packing for university sometimes you can get flustered and forget the basics, so here they are:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Showergel
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Towels
  • Toilet Brush
  • Toilet paper and Wet Wipes
  • Shaving Foam 
  • Razors

Items to take to university for the kitchen

When you go to university it’s a time for you to grow as a person and learn new skills. At university, it may be the first time that you learn to cook for yourself. Here are the main items you will want to take to university with you:

  • Plates
  • Cups
  • Mugs
  • Bottles
  • Cutlery
  • Pots and Pans
  • A student-friendly cookbook
  • Bin bags
  • Chopping board
  • Tea bags
  • Whisk

Cooking for the first time may seem difficult but you will get used to it. Also, there will be others in your home that will need to learn too so use this time to learn together and build a friendship.  

We highly recommend purchasing a student cookbook as the meals in there will be basic, affordable and quite often ones you can use to batch cook. There are also good student cooking channels on Youtube, one we like is Sorted!

Personal Items you will want to take

Here are some of the items you will need on you at university:

  • Bank Cards
  • Mobile Phone
  • Driving License
  • Medication
  • Glasses and Sunglasses

Additional tips for moving to university

Moving to university is a fun and worrying time all around. To make your first week go a little easier we would recommend doing a food shop before arriving at your accommodation. We would also recommend getting tupperwear and putting your name on it so no one ends up eating your food.

When doing a food shop you should aim to buy food that can be easy to make and can last a long time. Think of things such as pasta, tinned tomatoes and even noodles you can boil. Learning to cook while everything else is going on can be stressful and often the student won’t end up eating a well-balanced meal if they find it difficult to cook.  

If you are finding it difficult to cook, speak to someone, as you can’t go hungry. If you live on campus make sure to eat at the cafeteria if possible, at least you will be getting a warm meal at an affordable price.

Don’t panic if you forgot anything

Even with packing lists and checking your inventory a million times, you will still end up forgetting something. If you do forget something, don’t worry. Your new accommodation may seem alien to you right now but it’s probably more like home than you realise. There will be a Tesco, Asda or any of the main chain supermarkets nearby and you can also turn to online stores like Amazon.

Forgetting to pack an item can be frustrating but it isn’t the end of the world so try not to stress about it. You can also ask a family member or friend to bring it with them next time they visit too.

Don’t panic if you have overpacked

If you are a panicker then you may overpack and bring too many things to university. This can be problematic if you can’t fit all of your items into your room. Not only that but it can become dangerous if you have too many items and you fall over them after a student night out.

If you do take too many items and need them all, student storage is a great choice as you get access to your items as and when you need them and your accommodation isn’t filled with items that you may only need once or twice a semester.

If you would like to see the deals we have on for student storage at the moment please get in touch with our storage team who will be able to advise you of the best storage solutions for you.