9 months ago

You’ve been offered a place at uni, well done! But now you’re left wondering what you should take? Going to university is a big deal and taking everything with you just isn’t realistic. We’ve put together a guide for you to follow when deciding what you need.

You’re not going to another planet, there will be shops near your university to buy things like stationery, soap and shampoo. You don’t want to add any unnecessary weight to your luggage. It’s also a good idea to ring your universities residential service and check what will be provided in your halls.

University Packing List

Important Documents

  • ID (passport/driving license)
  • University admissions letter
  • Student Finance documents
  • Accommodation documents
  • Your course acceptance letter
  • Your bank details and bank card

Important documents - what should i take to university

Electrical Items

  • Laptop/computer and charger
  • Headphones
  • Phone and charger
  • Hair dryer and hair styling tools
  • Extension leads
  • USB stick (it’s always good to save your work to an alternative in case your laptop breaks, OneDrive is also a good software to have, it’s free and you can access your documents from anywhere at anytime)



  • Casual clothes
  • Warm clothes (jumpers/fleeces)
  • Underwear/socks
  • Going out clothes (for clubs/parties etc)
  • Hat/scarf/gloves
  • Winter coat (waterproof and warm)
  • Pyjamas/dressing gown (for those cold winter nights)
  • Smart shoes
  • Trainers
  • Smart clothing (suitable for part-time job interviews)

Clothes - what should i take to university


  • Duvet
  • Quilt covers
  • Pillows/pillow covers
  • Bottom sheets
  • Blanket
  • Mattress protector
  • Alarm clock (you’ll thank us when the morning after the night before comes and you realise you’ve lost/broke your phone)
  • Family photos (for the times you’re feeling homesick)


  • Hand towels
  • Bath towels

Obviously, you’ll need other bathroom essentials but you’ll be able to buy them near your university.

Joining a gym? Make sure you have trainers, sportswear and a gym towel. Even if you’re not sporty it’s a good idea to take a hoodie and joggers just for when you’re revising or lazing about hungover in your room.

Kitchen Appliances

It’s a good idea to invest in kitchen appliances when you get to university as the university might supply you with these and if you’re sharing a kitchen your peers might already have them and you can pitch in with the things you need still.


  • Going out bag
  • Bag to carry your equipment and folders to university
  • Laptop case
  • Diary/Planner (make sure you write down your parents numbers in case your phone breaks and you want to call them)

Planner - What should i take to university

First Aid Box

  • Plasters
  • Bandages
  • Painkillers
  • Personal medications
  • Contraception

Now you know exactly what you need to take with you to university, it’s time to start packing!

packing to go to university

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