What to Take to University: The Freshers’ Week Checklist

18th September 2017 Jess Kadel Accommodation, News and Events

The big move is imminently looming and with it many questions of what to expect in the so called ‘student bubble’. If you’re a little confused as to what to take to university, we’ve created this handy checklist to make sure you’re prepared for every possibility. From ice breakers to study supplies, here’s our Freshers’ Week checklist!

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What to take to university

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Not knowing what to expect or even what to take to university can be daunting. To help shed a little light, we’ve created the Freshers’ Week checklist for what to pack and essential tips.

Survival Essentials

  • Local maps
  • An umbrella
  • A basic first aid
  • Important documents
  • Laundry detergent
  • Ear plugs
  • ID
  • An Oyster or Travelcard

Important documents include:

  • University admissions letter
  • Student finance stuff
  • Bank details

Top tip:  Around 90% of UK students are struck down with freshers’ flu in their first few weeks of uni, packing a little flu kit in advance will be a godsend should the worst happen.

Bedroom Bits ‘N’ Bobs

  • Clothes
  • Coat hangers
  • Bedding
  • A laundry bag
  • A clothes airer

Top tip: Make sure you unpack your bedding first. This way you can easily get to sleep if you don’t finish before bedtime.

Top tip: While it might be tempting to pack homely things such as candles or fairy lights, it’s usually recommended to leave these at home as these are a fire hazard.

Personal Pieces

  • A blanket
  • A pin board
  • Plants
  • Cushions
  • Photos

Kit Out Your Kitchen

  • Crockery
  • Glasses
  • Utensils
  • Cutlery
  • Pots & pans
  • Mugs

Top tip: Check in advance which items will be provided by your university accommodation, a kettle, iron or cleaning equipment may not be necessary.

Ice, Ice Breakers

  • Games
  • A pack of cards
  • Sweets or biscuits

Top tip: Bringing along a couple of games is a good chance to get to know everyone on a quiet night in. Also, having biscuits handy will make you a favourite with your flatmates. 

Bathroom Basics

  • Toilet roll
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • A shower mat

Top tip: It’s helpful to pack one easy to access box with essentials for your first day, such as an outfit for the first night out, your toothbrush, snacks to grab during unpacking, bin bags and bedding.

Study Supplies

  • Folders
  • A notepad
  • Assigned reading
  • A diary
  • A laptop
  • A pen holder

Top tip: While it’s tempting to stock up on stationery in advance, things like highlighters, post-it notes and pens are easier to buy when you arrive

We hope this helps you feel a little settled before the big move! Good luck at university!

Sources

www.unibaggae.com

www.topuniversities.com

www.stutdential.com

Can you think of any other essentials when it comes to what to take to university? Let us know in the comments!

Jess Kadel

Jess Kadel

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