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.

The Ultimate University Packing List

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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