21 Essential Items to pack for University

As the end of Summer quickly approaches it's about time for you to take a nostalgic look around your childhood bedroom and decide exactly what you want to take with you on your first step to adulthood. After a year at Uni here's my advice as to what you really need to bring... 

1. Multiple Phone/Laptop chargers
Phone chargers have a hard time at uni, (I got through 6 this year). Spares are a must. When your phone dies... your charger breaks and you can't afford a new one, despair sets in. Also laptop chargers are likely to break when you need them most, it's a fact.

2. Back up Food
For when you accidentally spend all your money on a night out and Pret a manger. 
Cuppa soup and Ryvita saw me through about 2 weeks of what would have been starvation before I learnt to budget.

Here's a quick list of basic Supermarket things you should try and get (your parents to buy for you) before you go;
  • Toothpaste
  • Laundry detergent
  • Washing-up liquid
  • Washing-up sponges/scrub
  • Toilet roll
  • Bleach
  • Lots of Shampoo (it's expensive)
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • 3kg bag of PASTA
  • Cooking oil
  • Big bag of Rice
  • Pasta 'n' Sauce/Cuppa soup
  • A couple bottles of Vodka/Wine
  • Sauces (ketchup, mayo, dressing)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Bread for freezer
  • Spreads- Marmite/choc/jam/peanut
  • Stock cubes (If you plan to cook)
  • Pastes (e.g curry, tomato, garlic)
  • Spaghetti
  • Jars of Pasta Sauce
  • Jars of curry Sauce
  • Tins of Beans/Ravioli/Spag hoops
  • UHT Long-life milk (good to have)
  • Lentils (If you're into them)
  • Tea/coffee/hot-choc
  • Sugar/honey (for your tea/cereal)
  • Cereal
  • Cling film/sandwich bags
3. Bed covers, Duvet and Pillows
A couple sets of bed covers will do.

4. Towels, face cloth and Bath mat
Bath mat might not seem necessary (it is). Here's a cute heart shaped one.

5. Extension Lead
So vital as often uni rooms only have 2 plugs a long distance from the bed. For only £4 from Amazon it's so worth it.

6. Laundry Hamper
You need one, pop-up is good. 

7. Coat Hangers
They probably won't be provided. If you feel like investing in some I like these.

8. Bedside Lamp
For reading ect. (Some halls provide one). Lighting can make a big difference to your mood after a stressful day, so i'd say the £10 for a lamp like this is definitely worth it...

9. Desk Lamp
Halls lighting can be too intensely bright/dull for evening work.

10. Decoration
Fairy Lights, teddies, pillows, pictures, BLU-TACK and pins if they provide a pin board.

I'll just leave this here...

11. Study Supplies
It's easy to forget amongst everything else but the basic back to 'school' stuff is important too:

  • Pens (Pen pot), basic stationary ect.
  • Lined Paper/ Printer Paper/ Note book
  • Files
  • Highlighters
  • Calculator (depending on course)
  • Memory Stick
  • Printer (depending on course)
  • Books, Recommended reading
12. Speakers 
For party time/watching films. Sonos Smart Wireless Speaker £158.74

13. Headphones
Preferably sound proof! I found myself using my head phones with no music and just noise cancellation on while I worked. Very good for zoning out. 

14.Clothes and Shoes
Just bring the clothes and shoes you actually wear as you won't get much space, this can be a hard task.

15. ID, Certificates and Documents
You will likely have to show your Exam Certificates or results slip to register at the uni. You may need your passport to withdraw money if you loose your bank card or want to change address ect. Although not great to take your passport on a night out, you may also need it as back up ID.

16. Kitchen Appliances & Cooking Equipment 
I wouldn't invest too much in plates/cutlery or glasses as you probably won't have much to show for it at the end of the year no matter how careful you are! 

Here's a basic list:
  • Plates, bowls, glasses, mugs
  • Cutlery
  • Pans
  • Baking tray
  • Tea towel
  • knives
  • Colander
  • chopping board
  • Cooking utensils
  • Tupperware
  • Kettle (for your room)
  • Microwave Rice steamer (10 min rice LIFE SAVER)
  • Bottle/wine Opener
  • Blender (If you want to make soups/smoothies)
  • An IRON to look smart when you can be bothered
17. Cleaning Stuff
Like Bleach, disinfectant for when things in the kitchen get furry, window/mirror cleaner, bathroom cleaner and cleaning cloths.

18. Musical Instruments and Music
Don't be afraid to bring it along if you play, you won't annoy your flat mates they will probably be loud anyway. :P  But remember to lock your room if your instrument is valuable (most halls doors are self locking).

19. Bathroom Scales and an Iron
Not essential for everyone but definitely items I used!

20. Medicine
Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, Plasters, Germaline, contraceptive pill (stock-up at your GP before you go) and Lemsip. Freshers Flu doesn't affect everyone but be prepared just in case!

21. A laid back attitude and a friendly smile ;)
It's very easy to get worried about not being prepared at this point. Just remember anything you do forget you can easily buy there or borrow from a new friend. Throughout the year you will likely learn that you don't need all the luxuries in life to survive happily as long as you have friends to have a laugh with. Cheeseeee.

(Slightly more than 21 items but a pretty comprehensive list)
Good Luck :)

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  1. This is a great list you have here! Did you end up bringing the press iron or used a garment steamer instead?

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