What To Take To University – A Helpful Checklist

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So you’re getting ready to leave for university and you’re panicking about what to take! Have a read through the lists below and make sure you have everything; from bed sheets to memory sticks, we’ll make sure you won’t forget a thing.


What To Take To Uni – Kitchen Goods


You’re moving away from home and having to cook for yourself every night, so make sure you’ve got all of the kitchen essentials you will need so you’re never caught short in the kitchen:

  • Frying pan
  • Set of saucepans
  • Baking tray
  • Casserole/oven dish
  • Wooden spoons
  • Spatula
  • Whisk
  • Set of tongsKitchen items | Andrew Chell Student Homes
  • Masher
  • Cheese grater
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Set of knives
  • Pizza cutter
  • Chopping boards
  • Measuring jug
  • Mixing bowl
  • Sieve
  • Corkscrew/Bottle opener
  • Tea towels
  • Kitchen scissors
  • Crockery — plates, bowls, mugs etc.
  • Cutlery
  • Baking Foil
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Cling film
  • Bin bags
  • Washing up liquid
  • Washing powder for clothes
  • Tupperware
  • Appliances (if needed) — kettle, toaster, steamer etc.


What To Take To Uni – Basic Food Ingredients


Getting basic ingredients stocked up is always a good idea when you first move into halls, that way you just need to get bits and bobs instead of having to do a big shop without a car:

  • Cooking oil
  • Salt & pepperBasic food ingredients | Andrew Chell Student Homes
  • Herbs & spices
  • Sugar
  • Condiments — ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard etc.
  • Tea & coffee
  • Tinned goods — beans, soup, pasta sauce etc.
  • Jars — pasta sauce, curry sauce, marmalade, chocolate spread etc.
  • Squash
  • Dry food – Pasta, rice, noodles etc.


What To Take To Uni – Bedroom Items


You’ll be moving into a blank canvas, so make sure you’ve got everything ready to make it feel like home:

  • Duvet
  • Pillows
  • 2 x sets of bed linenLiberty of London for Target pillow and bedding | Andrew Chell Student Homes
  • Blanket/throw
  • Hot water bottle
  • Mattress protector
  • Bath towels
  • Alarm clock/radio
  • Desk lamp
  • Rubbish bin
  • Clothes basket
  • Clothes hangers
  • Clothes horse/airer
  • Posters/Pictures


What To Take To Uni – Stationery


You don’t want to get to your first lecture and realise you’re not fully equipt! Make sure you have everything you need for classes as well as your essays:

  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Permanent markers/Sharpies
  • Rubber
  • Sharpener
  • Tipex
  • Ruler
  • Pencil case
  • ScissorsPriceless Stationery Supplies | Andrew Chell Student Homes
  • Stapler and staples
  • Hole punch
  • Paper clips
  • A4 notebooks (with tear out sheets)
  • A5 jotter/notepad
  • A4 ring binders
  • Lever-arch folders
  • Post-it notes
  • Memory sticks
  • Plain paper (for printer)
  • Diary
  • Dictionary
  • Calculator


What To Take To Uni – PC Accessories & Electricals


Some universities have certain rules about electrical goods, so check what you are allowed to take to halls before you pack:

  • LaptopAC Laptop | Andrew Chell Student Homes
  • Laptop bag
  • Mouse (if required)
  • Printer
  • Ink cartridges for printer
  • Portable hard drive — one with a large memory in case anything happens to your laptop
  • iPod/MP3
  • Speakers
  • Extension lead
  • Chargers — for laptop, phone etc.
  • Headphones
  • Digital camera
  • Clothes iron
  • Hair dryer & straighteners


What To Take To Uni – Bathroom Items


Whether you have a shared bathroom or ensuite, you’ll want to make sure you have certain necessities:

  • ToothbrushToothbrush | Andrew Chell Student Homes
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Dental floss
  • Toilet roll
  • Shower items — shampoo, conditioner, shower gel etc.
  • Toilet brush
  • Toilet bleach
  • Hand soap
  • First aid kit — painkillers, plasters, cold and flu tablets, antiseptic cream etc.
  • Beauty products — makeup, face wash, hair care etc


What To Take To Uni – Miscellaneous


Some items you’ll need, some you won’t:

  • Holdall – weekend bag for trips homeSandstorm Luggage Holdall | Andrew Chell Student Homes
  • Sewing kit
  • Books/novels – for those quiet nights in!
  • CV – Just incase you’re looking for work
  • Water bottle
  • Gym wear
  • Swimwear
  • Winter items – Hat, gloves, scarf etc
  • Rucksack
  • Musical instrument


If you’re worried you’ll forget something important, check out our handy infographic which covers all the moving in essentials. Happy Packing!


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