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. We’ve covered absolutely everything; from your accommodation essentials, to your bathroom essentials, to your academic supplies, to the important documents you simply can’t leave behind, and more. We’ve even included a few non-essential, but pretty useful items; all to save you from any moments of panic. The last thing you want to do is forget something.

All things considered, remember, you’re not moving to another planet. At the end of the day, it just isn’t feasible to take everything you own in the world with you to university (we hate to be the ones to break it to you, but rooms in student halls are tiny). So, if in a week or two after you arrive you realise you’ve left something important at home and need it with you at university, your parents can always 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

The following documents will be extremely important for your move to university, especially during your first few weeks. Make copies (paper and digital) of all of them and keep all of them together in a secure file to ensure none of them go missing.

  • Passport/driving license or some form of ID
  • All official university documents, including your acceptance letter
  • All your Student Finance documents
  • Accommodation documents
  • Your course acceptance letter
  • Your bank details and bank card
  • Passport photos
  • National Insurance card

Electrical Items/Entertainment

It really goes without saying that you’ll want to bring entertainment with you to university, such as your laptop. After all, how else will you procrastinate other than binge-watching the latest Netflix series? You may even want to bring your own TV, though you should check with your university/accommodation before you pack it. If you’re moving into student halls, you should check with your accommodation office if you will need to pack an Ethernet cable, or whether internet is wireless.


Clothing is usually a no-brainer, you’ll most likely know which items of clothing you want to take with you to university. Nevertheless, we thought we would summarise the basic essentials into a handy list, including a few extras that you may have forgotten about, to make sure you’ve got everything you need for all occasions.

  • Comfortable clothing
  • Everyday clothing
  • Everyday shoes
  • Formal clothing
  • Formal shoes
  • Smart-causal clothing
  • Nightwear
  • Seasonal clothing (hats, scarves, gloves, sunglasses)
  • Costume clothing (for themed parties!)
  • Dressing gown
  • Swimwear
  • Backpack
  • Gym Bag
  • Clothes hangers
  • Raincoat
  • Winter boots
  • Slippers
  • Flip-flops (especially if you have a communal bathroom!)

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Academic Items

Academic supplies such as books and notepads can take up a significant amount of weight and space in your luggage. So, don’t panic, you can always stock up on everything you need when you get to university. Most university campuses will have a shop providing all of the essential stationery items. That said, there are a few basic essentials you might want to take with you just to get started with.

  • Sellotape
  • Journal/diary/planner
  • Pens and pencils
  • Sticky notes
  • Paper clips
  • Stapler and staples
  • Highlighters

Your university will likely send you a ‘recommended reading list’ prior to your arrival at uni, and purchasing all of these textbooks right off the bat can seem like the sensible, organised thing to do. However, it’s best to wait until you’ve actually started your course and assessed the situation before you decide which books you absolutely need to purchase. Because not only do they take up a hefty amount of space and weight in your luggage – they’re expensive! You’ll quickly learn that you can find many of them in the library for free, or you could even borrow/share them with your course-mates. Moreover, many universities hold second-hand book fairs in which students in the years above can sell their textbooks to new students.

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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