Are you starting to pack for University?
The following documents will be extremely important for your move to university, especially during your first few weeks. Make copies (paper and digital) of all of them and keep all of them together in a secure file to ensure none of them goes missing.
Passport/driving license or some form of ID
All official university documents, including your acceptance letter
All your Student Finance documents
Your course acceptance letter
Your bank details and bank card
You can’t get through university without your laptop, how else will you be able to procrastinate over unfinished essays and binge-watch Netflix with your new flatmates? Other than the obvious, we’ve included a list of electrical items, you simply shouldn’t leave home without.
Laptop/computer and charger
Phone and charger
Hairdryer and hair styling tools
Ethernet cable, HDMI cable, etc
You’ll already know what clothes you want to bring, from your favourite shoes to the ultimate party dress, but we just thought we’d give a quick summary just in case, so you’re covered for any occasion.
Seasonal clothing (hats, scarves, gloves, sunglasses)
Costume clothing (for themed parties!)
Flip-flops (an essential if you have a communal bathroom!)
In most cases your furniture will be covered, leaving you to worry about the basics. Remember to double-check the size of your bed, before buying bed linen. If you need to save on room, these items can be purchased on the day you move in.
Laundry bag or basket (for dragging items to and from the laundry room)
Earplugs (you’ll need them, we promise)
Hot water bottle (many student homes don’t allow heaters for that cold winter days.)
Mini sewing kit
Towels (for hands, face, and body)
Toothbrush and toothbrush holder
Bathroom cleaning spray
You never want to be caught short, so it’s a good idea to include these items. If you are low on room, you can alternatively purchase these products once you arrive.
Personal prescription medicine
Paracetamol/cold & flu medicine (you’ll need it for Freshers’ Flu!)
These random items might slip your mind when packing up your stuff, but you never know when you might need and wish they’d gone in the bag.
Change for washing machines and bus fares
The following items aren’t exactly essentials, but we can almost guarantee that they’ll make you feel more at home in your new room.
Photos of family and friends
Throw blankets/cushions for decoration
Fake plants for decoration
Fairy lights for decoration
Wall mirror/full-length mirror
CHECK BEFORE YOU PACK…
As we mentioned before, most residences will already include essential kitchen appliances and furniture. Many will also have certain restrictions set in place for items such as candles (open flames in student accommodation can be a fire hazard) and posters/wall art (you may be forbidden from hanging these on the walls as they can cause damage). So before you pack, be sure to check first!
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