What to Take to University: The Freshers’ Week Checklist

14th September 2018 Joe Graham Accommodation Basics, News and Events

Is your big student accommodation move imminent? Are you counting down the days to Freshers Week? Are you totally at loss concerning what to take to university? You’ll no doubt have many similar questions running through your mind but there’s no need to worry! You’ll soon settle into the rhythm of student life. However, to make sure you’re not setting off on the wrong foot, we’ve created this handy checklist to make sure you’re prepared for every possibility. From ice breakers to study supplies, here’s our what to take to university checklist!

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What to take to university

University checklist – Tips For Freshers:

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 university checklist for what to to take to university:

1. Survival Essentials

  • Local maps
  • An umbrella
  • A basic first aid kit
  • 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.

2. 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.

3. Personal Pieces

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

4. 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.

5. 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. 

6. 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.

7. 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!





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

Joe Graham

Joe Graham

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