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The Ultimate Packing List

The Ultimate Packing List

Getting ready for the big move is exciting. However, packing up for university is undoubtedly very stressful. Therefore, as a second-year student who is moving into her new flat in a couple of days, I have decided to create the ultimate checklist for those who need it – especially for first years.  

The first thing you need to do is to ensure that the halls include essential kitchen appliances and furniture. It is also important to note that halls at different universities vary, so it is vital to view the halls so you are aware of what they have and what they don’t. For instance, some halls might not have a kettle but others do. In my experience, we didn’t have a toaster in our halls, but we did have a clothes iron. And this doesn’t only apply in the kitchen, but also in the bedroom. Make sure that it has a bin, both in the toilet and under your desk. Anyways, moving on to the actual list… 


The documents listed below will be extremely important when you move into university. Ensure that you make copies, both paper and digital, then gather and secure them together in a folder so none of them go missing. 

  • Passport, driving licence or some sort of ID 
  • All official university documents (especially your acceptance letter)
  • Your student finance documents 
  • Bank details and, of course, your bank card
  • National Insurance Number 


You don’t have to bring all your kitchen appliances – as mentioned, some halls provide essential appliances. Therefore, it is important to check what they have and what they don’t so you don’t have to go through the hassle of bringing something that they already have provided. 

  • Bowls and plates 
  • Cutlery
  • Mugs and glasses
  • Reusable food containers 
  • Pans (e.g. saucepan, wok, frying pan) 
  • Baking tray
  • Oven gloves
  • Tea towels 
  • Dishcloths and sponges 
  • Tinfoil and cling film 
  • Ladles and knives 
  • Tin opener (OMG! The struggle I had to open a can with a sharp knife! Terrifying! Bring your tin opener, kids!) 


Furniture is already covered by the halls, so all you have to do is worry about the basics. Make sure that you check the size of the bed so you purchase the correct bed linen. 

  • Duvet and duvet cover
  • Bed sheets 
  • Pillows and pillowcases
  • Mattress protector 
  • Clothes hangers
  • Laundry bag or basket (Learn from my mistake, I had to use plastic bags and they were tiresome) 
  • Bin (My halls provided a bin for the bedroom, but not for everyone, so ensure that you have yours as well) 


Whether you’re staying in en-suite rooms or have a communal bathroom, these bathroom items are a must:

  • Towels 
  • Toothbrush and toothbrush holder 
  • Hand soap
  • Bathroom cleaning products (e.g. cleaning sponges, toilet cleaner, cleaning spray etc.)
  • Shower shoes (Especially if you share a bathroom with someone) 
  • If you happen to use a communal bathroom or shared bathroom, make sure that you bring a toiletry bag to store your shampoo and conditioner


You’ll know what clothes to bring, but just to summarise so you’re covered for any occasion: 

  • Everyday clothing and shoes 
  • Formal clothing and shoes 
  • Smart casual clothing 
  • Comfortable clothing 
  • Nightwear 
  • Seasonal clothing (e.g. hats, scarves, sunglasses) 
  • Raincoat 
  • Winter boots 
  • Slippers or flip-flops 
  • Gym wear 


  • Laundry items e.g. detergent and fabric softener 
  • Multivitamins or personal medicines 
  • Nail scissors 
  • Sun cream 
  • Hairdryer 
  • Razors 
  • Febreeze 
  • Decors for your room!
  • Speakers 
  • Chargers


  • Sellotape 
  • Stapler and staples 
  • Pens and pencils 
  • Journals, planners or notebooks
  • Paper clips and sticky notes 
  • Highlighters 
  • Laptop or iPad 

Your university also sends you a recommended reading list, and it’s best to purchase this once you arrive.

Overall, I hope this checklist has given you ideas of what to bring or helped you remember what to bring – or at least lessened the nerves of moving day!

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