What To Bring To College – The ULTIMATE College Packing List

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What To Bring To College!

The ULTIMATE College Packing List by Uni Baggage!

Your academic future is shining brightly on the horizon and it literally feels like your whole life has been leading up to this very moment. The prospect of moving to college is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting times of your life. Though given the fact that it’s likely going to be your first real, extended period of time away from home, coupled with the fact that you have to pack up your entire life and move it into a (tiny) dorm room; it’s also inevitably going to be one of the most daunting times of your life. No pressure, right?

The majority of freshmen haven’t spent more than a few weeks away from home, so unsurprisingly, it’s difficult to know exactly what to bring to college and what to leave behind. What if you forget something important and can’t get it until Thanksgiving? Thankfully, we at Uni Baggage totally get it (we’re experts at this sort of thing…).

To give you a helping hand, we’ve decided to put together a comprehensive college packing list to ensure you have everything you really need for your big move to college. We’ve covered absolutely everything; from your dorm room essentials, to your bathroom essentials, to your academic supplies, to your medical supplies, to the important documents you simply can’t leave behind and we’ve even included a few non-essential-but-useful-nonetheless-items; all to save you from any moments of panic on move-in day.

But remember: you’re not moving to another planet. It just isn’t feasible to take everything with you (we hate to break it to you, but college dorm rooms are generally very tiny), so if you realise a month into your first semester that you need something important from home, your parents can always use Uni Baggage to send it to you without any hassle.

Dorm Room Essentials:

It’s important to be aware that most, if not all, college dorm rooms will be furnished with all of the essentials; a bed, a desk, a desk chair, a bedside table, etc. So, generally speaking, it won’t be necessary for you to go all out in furnishing your dorm room. As well, don’t forget to check the size of your dorm room bed!

  • Duvet
  • Sheets
  • Mattress protector
  • Comforter
  • Pillows
  • Pillowcases
  • Waste basket

Bathroom Essentials:

If you’re sharing a communal bathroom, it’s always a good idea to bring your own towels, etc. As well, you’ll likely be very thankful for shower shoes, trust us…

  • Towels (for hands, face and body)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Bathrobe
  • Shower shoes

Kitchen Essentials:

Before packing up mini-fridges, coffee makers and microwaves, it’s always worthwhile checking what your college dorm will be facilitated with. Many will already have these appliances, so all you have to do is think about the kitchen basics. Bring some of your own utensils and mugs, as well as a couple of useful items such as reusable food containers (for lunches) and a water filter.

  • Utensils
  • Mugs
  • Plates and bowls
  • Can opener
  • Reusable food containers
  • Travel mug
  • Bottle opener
  • Can opener
  • Water filter

Laundry Supplies:

One of the least exciting aspects of moving to college is the thought of doing your own laundry. Yawn. You’ll need something to drag your clothing to and from the laundry room, and don’t forget to bring some spare quarters. However, bonus tip, you can save on dryers by packing up your own drying rack.

  • Laundry basket/bag
  • Drying rack
  • Mini sewing kit
  • Mini iron and ironing board
  • Quarters


It goes without saying that you’ll want to bring all of your beloved tech and entertainment with you to college. Check with your college whether you’ll need to pack an Ethernet cable. You can also check if you can bring your own TV.

  • Cell phone charger
  • Laptop
  • Laptop charger
  • Extension cords
  • Cable organiser
  • Speakers
  • Headphones
  • External hard drive
  • Ethernet cable, HDMI cable, etc
  • Cable adapters
  • Camera

Clothing Essentials:

You’ll likely know which items of clothing you want to take with you, but we thought we’d summarise it into a handy list (including a few extras that you may have forgotten about) just to make totally sure you’ve got everything covered.

  • Clothes hangers
  • Backpack
  • Gym bag
  • Bathing suits
  • Underwear
  • Professional clothing
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Everyday clothing
  • Formal clothing
  • Semi-formal clothing
  • Seasonal clothing (hats, scarves, gloves)
  • Costume clothing for theme parties
  • Raincoat
  • Rain boots
  • Pajamas

Toiletries/Medical Supplies:

Although you may not think you need a bunch of medical supplies with you at college, it’s always good to have them there just in case of emergencies.

  • Allergy medicine
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Aspirin or other pain relievers
  • Multivitamins
  • Supplements
  • First aid kit
  • Bandages
  • Birth control pills
  • Condoms
  • Menstrual pain medication
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal prescription medicine
  • Retainer/mouthguard
  • Sunscreen
  • Tampons/sanitary pads
  • Nail clippers
  • Razor
  • Contacts, solution and case
  • Comb/brush
  • Cosmetics
  • Hair ties
  • Bobby pins

Academic Supplies:

Academic supplies can take up a surprising amount of space in your luggage, so don’t panic, you can always buy more when you actually get to college. Most college campuses will have a store providing all of the essential items you need. But here are a few of the basics you might want to take with you to start with.

  • Planner
  • Textbooks
  • Highlighters
  • Index cards
  • Stapler and staples
  • Sticky notes
  • Pens and pencils
  • Paper clips
  • Sticky tape

Essential Documents:

All of these documents will be super important for your move to college, especially during Orientation Week. Put them all together in a secure file to ensure you don’t lose anything, and don’t forget to make copies of some of the most important ones.

  • Credit/debit card
  • Driver’s license
  • Bank documents
  • Copy of birth certificate
  • Copy of Social Security card
  • Passport
  • Student ID
  • Financial aid documents
  • Health/dental insurance cards


A few of these items might slip your mind when packing for college, but you’ll be surprised how lost you could be without them when the time calls for it.

  • Umbrella
  • Safety pins
  • Tool kit
  • Handheld vacuum
  • Beach towel
  • Books
  • Sports equipment

A few essential non-essentials…

The following items wouldn’t necessarily be classed as essentials, but it’s very likely that most (if not all) new students will want to pack them and bring them to college to have in their dorm room, just to give it that necessary homely touch…

  • Photos of family/friends
  • Fairy lights for decoration
  • Throw blankets/cushions for decoration
  • Fake plants for decoration
  • Wall mirror/full-length mirror
  • Bulletin board/dry-erase board

A few things you should check first…

Many college dorms will already be facilitated with certain kitchen appliances, and they may also have restrictions on items such as candles (open flames can be a fire hazard) and posters/wall art (you may be forbidden from hanging these on the walls). So before you pack up the following items, be sure to check first!

  • Microwave
  • Mini-fridge
  • Toaster
  • Coffee maker
  • Printer
  • TV
  • Posters/art
  • Candles for decoration

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Moving Your Stuff To College

Once you’ve finished packing up all of your stuff, you then face the challenge of moving all of your personal belongings to your new home at college. It’s a daunting task, especially if you’re moving to another state, or perhaps moving to college from somewhere overseas!


Thankfully, that’s where Uni Baggage comes in. We specialise in transporting students’ belongings all over the world every single semester. We’re trusted by 30,000 students across the globe. You can read more about our services here. Get a quote below!



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Freelance Content Creators Wanted

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Uni Baggage is on the hunt for some fantastic video content creators to work on an exciting opportunity!

Are you interested in creating videos? Do you have a good sense of humour? 

Uni Baggage is looking for freelance video content creators that can create viral-style posts for Facebook that are relatable and relevant for the student community to share.

Ideally, we are looking for 3-4 people to create 2-4 videos per week. Whether you are a student, a freelancer or create videos as a hobby – we’re interested in hearing from you. In a nutshell, we’re after someone who has the ability to trawl through the depths of the Reddit/the internet to find the most engaging content that appeals to a student audience.

We create most of our video content in-house and typically, they range from 5,000 views right up to 1.2M views per video. We have just over 60,000 Facebook fans and we are very keen to grow this number by curating relatable, relevant and engaging content.

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What’s in it for you?

We will pay

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£30 if the video is viewed more than 30,000 times.

£100 if the video is viewed more than 1M times.

We may also work with you on commissioning other longer custom videos.

We incentive you to create content that people will share and relate to, the more views the more Uni Baggage will pay you!

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10 Useful Tips For Budgeting Your Student Loan

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A sudden influx of money into your student bank account is bound to make anyone ecstatic and feel the temptation to go on a shopping spree…

(“Do you really need that…?” “Uhm, yeah? Everyone needs a new 30 inch flat screen in their flat.”) As my friends and I would say to each other all the time: “Go TREAT yourself!”

It’s incredibly tempting and all too easy to quickly blow your entire student loan on things you probably don’t need for ‘survival’ at uni. And so, read on for our advice on making your student loan stretch to cover you for the entire term. After all, we know all too well how bad it feels to be living on instant noodles and bread for an entire week…

1. Calculate how much money you’ve got to work with.

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This is probably the most sensible advice out there. Once you get your loan and grant, make sure you work out the sum of money that will be granted to you every month, and also how much you will need to spend on food, tuition fees, textbooks, travel, and stationery etc. What’s leftover is what you can spend on yourself! That’s for drinks, social activities, shopping and other treats. To be even more savvy, divide these into the number of weeks in a term to set yourself a weekly budget to stick to.

2. Take out cash instead of paying with your debit/credit card.

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To avoid the unavoidable, why not try taking out cash instead? That way, it’s much easier to track your spending compared to just swiping your debit card nonchalantly. Doing so makes it much easier to lose track of how much you’ve spent because you’re not making substantial payments. Remember: certain banks do not notify you when you start to step into your overdraft, so be careful.

3. Put away some savings for yourself, just for emergencies.

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It certainly can be a life saver when you put your loose change away here and there to save them for a rainy day. Stash away your spare change on you each day and watch your piggy bank fill up.

4. Download budgeting apps and keep a record on your day.

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Apps like Mint can really help out students that have trouble getting an overview of their spending, getting apps like these means that the info is right there on your smartphone! Now there is no excuse not to open it up and remind yourself that ordering Domino’s Pizza 3 times a week is definitely not A-O-K.

5. Cook for yourself. 

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You’d be surprised at how much money you could save by just buying all the ingredients yourself and start up a cooking sesh with your flatmates. Economical, and a fun bonding experience all in one*.

*Above advice is intended for those who are somewhat adept at the culinary art, and can whip up edible and semi-tasty meals. If you do not possess the above skill, please scroll down to number 6.

6. Get a student discount card.

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One of the biggest perks of being a student is the sheer number of discounts you are entitled to. Ever heard of the NUS Extra Card? Or, if your University offers their own student discount memberships, make sure you take full advantage of it! There are usually offers on dining, shopping and more, both in store and online. Or just simply bring your student ID with you whenever you’re out and about.

7. Get a Railway Card. 

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I could rant about how overpriced public transport is all day along, or I could just let you know that you can buy yourself a 16 to 25 Railway Card that will save you 1/3 of the ticket price. This is especially helpful if you require rail travel to your university town, or even if you just want to hop on a train for an impromptu trip to a nearby city.

P.S. Make sure you actually take the card along with you on your travels.

8. Visit a student finance adviser.

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Your student union and the student funding are there for you whenever you need some advice on the correct way to budget your student loan. The university financial services can grant you some emergency funding if you really need it. So, don’t be shy; ask for help if you really feel you need it.

9. Don’t give in to peer pressure.

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Yeah we get it, you are more likely to conform to something if all your friends are doing it too. However, keep in mind that you also need to save some dosh from time to time, and cannot afford to go out every weekend. Don’t waste your money on something just because all your friends are egging you on to buy it; everyone has a different budget!

10. Priorities, priorities, priorities.  

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There are two kinds of people in this world: ones that step off the groceries bus with armfuls of hard liquor and crates of beers; and then there are also people who are carrying bagfuls of actual groceries. Make sure you understand what categorises as ‘essential’ and ‘absolutely necessary’. (And no, I don’t mean that life-size cut-out of Nicholas Cage or whatever else you stumbled across on Amazon Prime.)

Bonus Tip! – Saving with Uni Baggage

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Uni Baggage is the No.1 Student Luggage Shipping Company – we specialise in transporting student baggage across the globe, and we happily take all of the hassle out of getting your stuff home from uni. What’s more – our student-friendly prices mean you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank.

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11 Reasons Why Lancaster University Is The Greatest University Of All Time

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What comes to mind when you think of Lancaster Uni?

Maybe it’s the fact that Lancaster University happens to be ranked number 9 in all UK Major League Tables? Or perhaps it’s the fact that it’s one of the most vibrant urban centres in the UK? Well, here are what some of the critics have to say…

“A Top 10 University.” – The Times/Sunday Times, The Guardian.

“The best student experience possible.” – The Students

“The most capable and employable graduates.” – The Employers

“We simply cannot compete.” – York University

Here are some of the reasons why Lancaster Uni is just the GREATEST.

1. We got ducks waddling around all over the campus. 

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They can be found near County and any ponds and also in Alex Square. Got any food on you? Well, don’t be surprised if these cuties are hot on your trails. Never thought you’d see so many ‘adultlescents’ get so hyped about ducks!

2. There is a Greggs right in the centre of campus. 

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That feel when you step out of your accommodation in Cartmel and join the back of the Greggs queue in the mornings… But it’s undisputed that Greggs has the solution to everything. Late for your lecture in the morning and don’t have time for breakfast? Greggs. Got an hour lunch break and there’s no way you can cook a hot meal in that time? Greggs. Need a lil sweet sumthin sumthin and a pick-me-up during the day? Greggs.

Not to mention the pastries and doughnuts are to die for! Krispy Kreme, who?

3. The notoriously infamous (debatable?) Student Union run Sugarhouse.

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Head down to the Sugarhouse on Wednesdays for Sugar Nights where you’re guaranteed to have a (drunken) good time with your mates. 2 rooms, 2 different styles of music. The Sugar Night £1 shots certainly can make sure of that! *cough* drink responsibly *cough*.

4. A library that is open for access 24/7.

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Especially during end of term time and exam season, you know it’s like the Hunger Games out there in the Lancaster University. Desperation levels are at an all time high for study seats. Who can blame them when the library is fully sourced with computers, laptops and all the books you need.

5. There is a collegiate system and college pride.

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One of the most critical decisions you’ll ever have to make in your University years is – of course picking the right college! It could largely impact on your student life to pick the right college community that’s suitable for you. You also gotta learn those college chants in your freshers’ week! At the end of the day, your college will always make you feel at home and that you truly belong.

6. We are the victors when it comes to Roses. 

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Despite what the counterpart – those at York – may claim, Lancaster University always shows excellent team spirit when it comes to the annual Roses competition. We love and support our teams!

7. Every college has their own bar and common rooms. 

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Never will you have to worry about not having a place to hang out or getting started on some day drinking with your mates. The diner, bar and games room are right around the corner from your accommodation.

8. In your first year, you have the flexible option of taking up a minor.

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Apart from your chosen major, why not take up something else that you’re interested in? Doesn’t have to be related to your major but you have the freedom of studying something that you also love! Broadening that horizon would mean plenty more opportunities for you.

9. Lancaster University is voted one of the most scenic universities in the UK.

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You won’t believe your own eyes once you arrive in this urban city with its own small town charm. And you’re missing out if you haven’t been to the breathtakingly beautiful Lake District. Head down on a sunny day and enjoy some fresh air that is oh-so-rare in the neighbouring big cities.

10. The Woodland Trail that encompasses the outskirts of the University.

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Nature, oh yes, nature. There’s no need to travel outside of the University in order to get some well needed sun and exercise that doesn’t involve sprinting to your morning lectures because you’re late (for the 4th time in a week). It’s ideal for a jog and slow walks!

11. Last but certainly not least, Sultan’s!

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How can you claim that you’re a chicken connoisseur if you’ve never been to Sultan’s? Even if you had admitted that you dine at Sultan’s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you will not be judged. Because… same af.

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Tips & Tricks For Writing Your Personal Statement: Do’s and Don’ts

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The deadline for that UCAS application submission is looming over you…

Yet you still have no idea what to write for your Personal Statement. We feel you! It’s definitely a daunting and arduous process when trying to conjure up what you are like as a student – more importantly, what you’re like as a person. Hey you, take a deep breath!

Here are a few do’s and don’ts to look out for when writing an outstanding and comprehensive Personal Statement that will land you into your dream university!

Do be honest.

“Honesty is the best policy.” Am I right, or am I right? Try to avoid embellishing any qualities, skills or work experiences that you may want to include. For example, don’t make up any work placements that you have not attended if you can’t have someone that will vouch for your completion. Instead, list all the strengths (and weaknesses) about you, and be objective when evaluating them.

Don’t be too vague.

Repeat after me: “It’s all about that competitive advantage!” It would be redundant to include the same washed up phrases such as “I am incredibly passionate about this subject…” Elaborate on the why’s and how’s, and also what have you done in order to gear yourself towards achieving the goals for this particular area of interest.

Do think outside of the box.

The Undergraduate Admissions officers probably have read hundred thousands of applications that all include the keywords such as ‘punctual’, ‘motivated’, ‘hardworking’… You get the gist. Instead, utilise buzzwords that are more unique and truly depicts your character, such as ‘innovative’ and ‘determined’ etc. Think of how you could convey yourself in such a way that makes you different from thousands of other students who are applying for the same course as you.

Don’t be eccentric with the tone of voice or the sense of humour.

Be extra careful when you decide to throw in a bit of ‘banter’ and include any anecdotes that may be considered as inappropriate. Being able to ‘neck down a dirty pint’ is not an accomplishment even if it’s intended as a joke (but still impressive though). The admissions officer may not have the same sense of humour as you.

Do proofread as well as get a second (or several) opinion. 

Leave out all the embarrassing and totally avoidable spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes. Make sure you have thoroughly read and double checked the entire piece before handing it over to your careers adviser, academic tutor and your friends and family. A fresh pair of eyes could always identify small details that you may have missed out.

Don’t plagiarise.

Yes, it is a tough document to write. Yes, you may get fed up writing it half way through. But no, you cannot use someone else’s personal statement as a ‘reference’, if you know what I mean. Especially if you have an older sibling who have gotten into University before you, it may be awfully tempting to pull up their work and copy a sentence or two, here and there. Please beware that the penalties are awfully high for plagiarising. At the end of day, siblings can’t share everything after all…

Do write several drafts. 

It is far away from sufficient to only have one draft, as you may want to word things differently and then see how the whole piece flows that way. Instead, write up several drafts, each time tweaking some parts here and there until you’re completely happy with it.

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12 Easy Ways To Make Money As A Student

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When you decided to enrol into uni, you probably didn’t expect to be broke so quickly and so unreservedly.

The night outs, day trips to neighbouring cities, cost of textbooks and all those midnight snack cravings as well as fast food takeaways certainly don’t help either! You’re probably beginning to die a little inside every time you’re compelled to make an essential purchase or feel super guilty whenever you splurge on some treats for yourself. Fret not! Look no further, because here are some superb ways to make money that’s guaranteed to ensure you stay on budget at all times, even if you’re a full-time student.

 1. Selling your old or unused textbooks.

Got some good ol’ textbooks laying around that you no longer require for the coming year and are still in relatively pristine condition? Well, why not head over to sale sites such as eBay, or www.WeBuyBooks.co.uk and list your unwanted textbooks to turn them into cash. Perhaps an ever so motivated and bright eyed underclassman can put it to better use than you!

2. Selling your old or unworn clothes and accessories.

No longer fancy keeping that leather jacket you picked up from Topshop last autumn or your skinny jeans have mysteriously and inexplicably shrunken one size? (Nothing to do with those midnight Ben and Jerry’s binges, obviously…) If your clothes are no longer receiving any love or attention, it’s time for them to find a new home! List them for sale on eBay. You would be surprised at how much money you could make off of cashing in your old wardrobe.

3. Writing freelance blog posts and articles.

If you’ve got an interest in blog writing and article freelancing and got quite a way with words, you could write for independent websites and blogs that would pay you to feature your work. Let the creativity juices flow and express yourself through some freelance work!

 4. Getting a part time job.

This is a no brainer – polish up that CV and start hunting for local/on campus jobs. These could be either temporary or seasonal, and some are specifically hiring students. Ideal places to work in would be coffee shops or cafes, a corner shop or even bar and waitressing staff in restaurants.

5. Scoring a summer internship.

What better way to enhance your personal statement or CV than obtaining some relevant work experience that is related to the course you’re studying while getting paid for it at the same time? Industry experience is crucial when it comes to gaining that competitive advantage amongst your fellow graduates, therefore it’s never too early to begin thinking about your career goals.

6. Taking opinion surveys.

Did you know that there are websites that pay students for their opinions and views on various topics such as movies, beverages, technology, university experience etc.? It’s that simple, just sit down and relax while answering some surveys. You could sign up to the ‘Opinion Outpost’ or ‘Opinion Panel’ – a community that pay students and teens to take surveys.

7. Starting your own YouTube channel/blog.

Passionate about creating your own content? Looking for an outlet to express your individuality and engaging with a particular type of audience? Why not create your own YouTube channel where you can post videos on just about anything: lifestyle, beauty tutorials, clothing hauls, travel diaries etc. You could earn some extra income off of YouTube AdSense based on the views that you receive. When you gain a significant following, you could even take on product sponsorships and become affiliated with brands!

8. Babysitting and pet walking.

If you know any parents in your neighbourhood that requires someone to watch over their children while they step out for a few hours, it’s the perfect opportunity to lend a helping hand. This should be a relatively easy task, provided that the kids are behaving… If there are any pups in the neighbourhood that need to be walked, you could arrange for a time to gather them together at the same time. Money, exercise AND cuteness overload.

9. Delivering food (aka happiness) as a delivery rider.

With fast food delivery apps such as Deliveroo and UberEats picking up in popularity, catering to people who want to enjoy hot and freshly made meals in the comfort of their own homes; delivery riders are needed in order to make these to-your-doorstep deliveries. The bonus advantage is that you can get some exercise out of it too!

10. Selling your notes to other students.

Other students could benefit greatly from your readily made notes especially since it saves them a lot of time to write out the notes themselves. Or… for other reasons such as they haven’t been attending the lectures and they desperately need your notes to cram last minute. Either way, try selling them on sites such as Stuvia and Notesale.

11. Tutoring other students.

Got the book smarts? If you’re confident in relaying all that classroom knowledge to your peers who are in dire need of some re-explanation of lecture materials or coursework preparation – then offer to help them out! Because let’s be honest, most of us have got no clue about what the lecturer is talking about 65% of the time…

12. Signing up to participate in Psychology experiments.

Depending on your University, there are always Psych Majors who are looking for lab ra- I mean, participants for their experiments. These are usually well paid and often interactive and interesting to be involved in. Will it suddenly make you a master mind reader, you ask? I’m a-Freud not…

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With thousands of holiday makers and students descending on the airports to make the most of their summer holidays Uni Baggage are guiding students on how to avoid getting caught out at the airport.

Brits spend up to £1.6 Billion on excess baggage each year at the airports so it is important to be aware of your airline luggage restrictions before flying. Our infographic provides a guide to the airline baggage restrictions for students and holiday makers:

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What To Take To Uni – The ULTIMATE Checklist

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What To Take To Uni  – The ULTIMATE Checklist by Uni Baggage

Going to university is a pretty big deal. There’s a reason why everyone is telling you it’s going to be the best few years of your life.

But as well as being super exciting, getting ready to go to university is also super stressful. Particularly when it comes to packing all your stuff. Most new uni students haven’t spent more than a few weeks away from home, so it’s almost impossible to know what you need to bring with you for an entire year and what can be left behind.

So as we at Uni Baggage are kinda the experts at this sort of thing (find out more about our student shipping services here…), we thought it was our duty to put together a comprehensive university packing list to ensure that you have everything you need.

And, if you find this post to be helpful, we’ve also created this downloadable University Packing checklist which you can print off!

Before we start…

It can be incredibly tempting to just dump absolutely everything you own into a few suitcases, simply to avoid that AWFUL feeling of leaving something important behind.

Taking everything with you just isn’t realistic. The majority of students will be living in a tiny room in student halls, so there just isn’t room for all your worldly possessions.

And remember – you’re not moving to a remote planet. Chances are you’re just going to be a train journey or, at most, a flight away, so if you do forget something crucial, your parents can use Uni Baggage to send it to you.


– Leave behind anything which you can easily buy when you get there; like soap and shampoo, or pens and notepads. These will just add unnecessary weight to your luggage.

– Check which items will be provided by your uni. Most halls will provide kettles and microwaves etc and some will even provide items like irons.

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Important Documents

  • Passport/driving license or some form of ID.
  • University admissions letter.
  • All your Student Finance documents.
  • Accommodation documents.
  • Your course acceptance letter.
  • Your bank details and bank card.
  • Passport photos.

Useful but not essential: National Insurance Number, NHS Medical Number, cheque book, exam certificates.

Electrical Items

Useful but not essential: printer, Ethernet cable, games console, small TV, speakers, camera, an iron.


You’ll most likely know which items of clothing you want to take with you, but here are a few extra ideas which may come in handy.

  • A school uniform, or something resembling a uniform, for fancy dress school disco parties. (there will always be one of these during freshers week)
  • Suit or formal wear.
  • Flip flops – especially if you have a communal bathroom.
  • Slippers.
  • Swimwear.
  • Lots of loungewear – you’ll spend most of your time in comfortable clothes.
  • Dressing gown or fleece.
  • Bag or rucksack.

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Academic Items

Book and notepads can take up a lot of weight and space in your luggage, so it’s best to buy stationery etc, when you get to uni. Most university campuses will have a shop providing essential item.

But here are a few things you might need to bring with you:

  • Sellotape.
  • Scissors.
  • Highlighters.
  • Post it notes.
  • Diary/planner.
  • Hole punch.
  • Calculator.
  • Stapler.

Kitchen Items

If you’re living in halls, you will most likely have a fully stocked kitchen, so there’s no need to bring a toaster or kettle, or microwave etc. If you do require these items, we’d recommend picking up some basic versions from your local supermarket – but get there quick, as they tend to sell out fast to other students with similar ideas!

  • A couple of bowls and plates.
  • Cutlery.
  • Mugs and glasses.
  • A saucepan.
  • A wok.
  • A sharp knife.
  • A baking tray.
  • Tupperware.
  • Oven gloves.
  • Tea towels.
  • Cheese grater.
  • Vegetable peeler.
  • Dish cloths or sponges.
  • A tin opener.
  • Bottle opener with a corkscrew.

Useful but not essential: herbs and spices, a toastie maker, a coffee maker, measuring jug, whisk, ladle, egg cups (which can double as shot glasses)

Bedroom Items

  • Bedsheets, duvet cover, pillow cases.
  • Mattress protector.
  • Coat hangers.
  • Laundry bag or basket – for dragging items to and from the laundry room.
  • Clothes horse.
  • Door stop.
  • Ear plugs.
  • Hot water bottle.

Bathroom Items

  • Towels.
  • Toothbrush and toothbrush holder.
  • Paracetamol and cold & flu medicine for Freshers Flu.
  • A wash bag.
  • Any personal medication.
  • Plasters.
  • Antiseptic cream.
  • Nail scissors.
  • Razors.
  • Tampons/pads.


  • A torch.
  • Swiss army knife.
  • Condoms.
  • A sewing kit.
  • Blu tac or pins.
  • Febreeze.
  • Change for washing machines and bus fares.
  • Playing cards.
  • Alarm clock.
  • Batteries.

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Getting Your Luggage To Uni

Once you’ve finished packing, you then face the challenge of transporting all that luggage to your university. This can be quite and effort if you’re going to uni in a whole new town, city, or even country.

So, to help make life easier, you can use a student shipping service – like Uni Baggage! Uni Baggage specialises in transporting students’ belongings to and from university every single term. We’re trusted by 30,000 students across the world. You can read more about how we can help here, or get a quote below!


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Uni Baggage Launches New Lower Prices and Weight Bands!

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Uni Baggage is very excited to announce the launch of our new lower prices and our brand new 20kg weight band to give you even better value for your shipment!

At Uni Baggage, we work hard to constantly improve our services to ensure it as convenient, affordable and stress-free as possible for you to ship your luggage.

In recent months, we have been closely listening to our valuable customer feedback and after taking some of your thoughts on board, we have decided to introduce new lower prices and a new 20kg weight band on all of our European and International routes, to allow better prices for those sending smaller, lighter items.

And that’s not all! Later in the year, we’ll be launching even more exciting new features that will improve your overall luggage shipping experience…


New Lower Prices

We understand that cost is an important factor when it comes to shipping luggage and for that reason, Uni Baggage’s low prices have remained the same for the past few years. However, we’ve now made them even lower!

All across our European and International routes, you will notice that our prices will be lower than before. On average, our European routes have lowered by approximately £5, and our international shipments have lowered at an average of approximately £20.

For example, shipments to and from Ireland have dropped from £29 to £25 for an item weighing up to 30kg. Shipments to and from the USA have experienced an even greater drop, from £123 to just £98 for an item weighing up to 30kg. If you only need to send 20kg or less, prices will be even lower.

Our new prices are the lowest prices available anywhere for our European and International routes. As always, you can make huge savings on your luggage shipments when you choose to book with Uni Baggage.

Our domestic UK and NI services remain the same low prices as always. Even with rising fuel costs, over the past 3 years, we have been able to keep our domestic prices fixed at £16.99 within the UK and £18.99 to and from Northern Ireland. We offer online tracking with email and SMS alerts as standard as well as many more features on all our services.

20kg Weight Band

Uni Baggage has always offered a generous weight allowance of 30kg per item, allowing you to send all of your personal belongings at a price you can afford, without having to leave something behind.

However, whilst having such a generous weight allowance is an advantage in many cases – this doesn’t always work so well for those who might be sending smaller, lighter items. That’s why we’ve decided to introduce a 0-20kg weight band on our European and International routes – to allow better prices for smaller, lighter shipments.

When you obtain a quote from our homepage for any of our European or International routes, prices will be displayed for both 20kg and 30kg weight limits. When you add an item to your order during booking, our system will calculate the correct price based on the actual weight and the volumetric weight.

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for even more exciting new features coming soon. If you have any questions, get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.

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