A University Packing Guide

Your first year at university is just around the corner and I hope you’ll have (at least) thought about attempting to pack the last 18 years of your life into the back of your parents’ car, ready to start your new adventure.

Packing for university can seem overwhelming – do I really need this? Will probably be your most frequent question and you will most probably forget something!

I know I wished there had been some sort of list detailing all the things I may want to take and so with that in mind I have compiled a list of everything you’ll need for your first year at university.


  • Duvet (I took a double because I’m a duvet hog)
  • A couple of sets of duvet covers
  • Pillows & cushions
  • Blanket or throw
  • Clothes basket, washing up powder, clothes horse, laundry bag
  • Clothes hangers (I turned up to find the previous resident had taken all the hangers from my new wardrobe with them- the rascal)
  • Personal trinkets
  • Posters and photographs
  • Desk lamp, if your room comes with one you can use this as bedside table lamp
  • Door wedge (keep your door open whilst you’re unpacking, it’s a great way to let people know you’re in there and want to socialise)
  • Hot water bottle
  • Notebooks
  • Folders
  • Push pins
  • Pens & pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Paperclips
  • Memory stick
  • Laptop
  • All cables and chargers you might need, an extension lead
  • Camera
  • TV (remember you will need your own TV licence if you have one in your room)
  • Important documents, passport, birth certificate, official letters from university and student loan letters.
  • White tack
  • Scissors
  • Iron (although in all honestly I just gave my clothes a shake while they were still wet)
  • Sewing kit
  • Books


  • A small selection of pots and pans.
  • Baking trays
  • Cutlery
  • Bottle opener
  • Cheese grater
  • Mixing bowl
  • Chopping board
  • Containers
  • Knives
  • Glasses
  • Mugs
  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Bin bags
  • Tinned goods
  • Cooking oil

You may want to bring a few of the essentials to get you through the first couple of days such as: bread, butter, teabags, milk, cheese, and beans


  • Towels
  • Bath mat
  • Toiletries
  • Cleaning products
  • Contraception
  • First aid kit (plasters, antiseptic cream, pain killers, bonjela and Lemsip- for that dreaded Fresher’s Flu)
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste

You probably won’t need to take your WHOLE wardrobe- it may seem like the best idea, but you will buy new clothes with that loan and after a few weeks you’ll be living in your joggers and hoodie anyway!

Have fun

If you're anything like me, your bedroom probably   wont be this tidy!
If you’re anything like me, your bedroom probably wont be this tidy!

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