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The Ultimate ‘What you need to take to Uni’ Checklist

If you’re starting university this year you’re going to want to read this! First of all CONGRATULATIONS you made it! You should really take the time to feel proud of yourself, you deserve it.

Now you need to start preparing! Here are all the things that you need to consider taking to university. Don’t forget to check out my other post on other things you should be doing to prepare for starting university.

Great places to shop as students

  • Amazon
  • Wilko
  • Ikea
  • ASOS
  • Currys PC World
  • eBay
  • Facebook Marketplace
  • Asda Home


What kitchen items you need will depend on what type of food you cook. For some people, a rice cooker is essential, whilst others won’t need a cheese grater because they always buy grated cheese. So just use your common sense, if you know you’re not going to use it, don’t buy it! There’s nothing stopping you from buying it at a later date if you really need it. If you want to know what food you should be buying I have a post on what to buy on your first supermarket shop as well.

  • Cutlery
  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Mugs
  • Glasses
  • Good Knives (small, large and bread)
  • Scissors
  • Storage containers
  • Chopping board
  • Measuring jug
  • Tin opener/ Bottle opener
  • Spatula
  • Wooden spoon
  • Ladle
  • Whisk
  • Tongs
  • Potato masher
  • Colander
  • Saucepan with lid
  • Pot with lid
  • Frying pan
  • Baking trays (a couple, one big one small)
  • Vegetable Peeler
  • Cheese Grater 
  • Oven gloves
  • Tea towels
  • Washing up cloths and liquids
  • Tinfoil, cling film, sandwich bags


  • Small slow cooker
  • Weighing scales
  • Hand blender
  • Casserole Dish
  • Ice cube trays
  • Student cookbooks 
  • George Foreman Grill
  • Small coffee maker


Depending on whether you are moving into an ensuite or a shared bathroom, some of these things might not apply, so check with your university what will be provided and what you should bring with you.

  • Toiletries
  • Bath mat
  • Hand soap
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Air Freshener
  • Flannels
  • Towels – a hand towel and a couple of bath towels
  • Dressing Gown
  • Bin (get one with a lid, especially if you’re a girl, as its better for your used sanitary products)
  • Flip-flops (for shared bathrooms)
  • Toilet roll
  • First Aid Kit
  • Basic Household Cleaners (you might want to wait until you get to your accommodation and buy cleaning supplies with your housemates, as you won’t all need to bring every type of product)


The size of your room will really determine how much you can decorate/add furnishings, but you should be able to get an idea of size from your university’s website.

  • Bedding: pillows, pillowcases, duvet, duvet cases, fitted sheets, and a mattress protector (check what size bed you’re going to have) I would recommend two sets of sheets so that you have another set to put on whilst you’re washing the other set.
  • Blanket and cushions (these are optional but will definitely make your room more cosy)
  • Airer – you might not always want to tumble dry your clothes, and some clothes just can’t be tumble dried, so I would really recommend an airer
  • Extension lead
  • Ethernet cable
  • Speakers/Headphones – I would really recommend getting a good quality speaker, doesn’t have to be big, just a nice sound!
  • Hairdryer & Hairstyling tools
  • Decorations: fairy lights, posters, pictures, mirror
  • Hangers for your wardrobe
  • Desk Lamp
  • Laundry basket (I would get a small-medium size one that doesn’t take up valuable space)


  • Everyday clothes – whatever you wear typically day-to-day, for going to uni, chilling in the house, going for a casual lunch. I think most students tend to pack wayyyy more clothes than they need and you end up having clothes just taking up your wardrobe that you never wear. You don’t actually need that many clothes, you’ll just wash them!!
  • Pyjamas – be mindful that in halls sometimes you get a fire alarm at 4am and you’ll have to go outside in these pyjamas (or just make sure your dressing gown is near)
  • Dressy clothes – take some dressier clothes for going out and socialising. You might also want to take a more formal outfit for university balls or formals
  • Fancy dress – it’s up to you how crazy you go
  • Clothes for sports & swimming – for joining sports teams, going to the gym or however you exercise
  • Shoes: take a good mix of casual and more dressy, don’t take too many! I took four pairs of heels and wore one pair once. Bring a pair of slippers/sliders.

Study Supplies & Important Documents

Some studying materials will depend on what course you’re taking, so remember to look out for university emails/on the website for anything course-specific you’ll need. This could include required textbooks (although I wouldn’t recommend that you buy your textbooks up front, sometimes you won’t even use them and the ones you actually need might be in the library). Some courses might require other things e.g. for a science course you’ll probably need a lab coat.

For your important documents, I would recommend getting a document organiser.

  • Printer & Ink – you might not need one (I didn’t) if you get printer credit to use university printers and you don’t have to print that much
  • Laptop/tablet & chargers
  • Folders
  • Notebooks
  • Pens
  • Pencils 
  • Ruler
  • Post-it notes
  • Highlighters
  • Diary/Planner
  • Scissors
  • USB/External hard drive – to back up your work 
  • Photo ID
  • Passport photos
  • Student Finance Documents
  • Bank statements (for proof of address) 
  • University correspondence – course and accommodation
  • International students: visa and travel insurance documents


  • Backpack/bag – for carrying your stuff to and around university
  • A larger bag – for if you’re going back home for the weekend
  • Water bottle
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Entertainment: Books, Kindle, Pack of Cards, Musical Instruments

I hope you found this helpful – if you can think of anything else you should take then please let me know in the comments.

This full checklist is available to download as a PDF as part of my Student Life Packs

downloadable and printable pdf of checklist

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