University packing list

You have been accepted into university and now its time to pack! Here is a full university packing list to help make sure you have everything you need!

Bedding (make sure to check what size bed you have!)

  • Pillows
  • Pillow Cases (x2 for each pillow)
  • Duvet
  • Duvet Cover (x2)
  • Sheet (x2)
  • Mattress Protector
  • Blankets (not essential but can make a room look nice and keep you warm!)
  • Decorative Pillows/Extra Pillows (again, not essential!)

Other Bedroom Items

  • Clothes
  • Coat Hangers (I forgot these)
  • Hairdryer/Hair Straighteners/Curling Iron (any other tools you may use)
  • Rubbish Bin (one may be provided for you)
  • Bin Bags
  • Lamp
  • Command Strips (you can put things up on your wall with Command Strips and they do not leave a mark. These are an essential for any university packing list!)
  • Laundry Basket/Bag (a bag is sometimes easier as you can just pick it up and take it to the washing area)
  • Laundry Capsules (many universities use Circuit Laundry which will not allow you to use washing powder/liquid)
  • Door Stop
  • Clothes Horse

Bedroom Decorations (not essential!)

  • Fairy Lights
  • Mood Lights
  • Pictures from Home
  • Tapestry for your wall (I had a tapestry on my wall and it honestly makes a big difference! See my blog post ‘The University Tag‘ to see what my first year bedroom was like)
  • Posters
  • Plants (my university had a poster and plant sale at the start of university, so you may not need to bring these)
  • Ornaments


  • Toilet Roll! (I very nearly forgot about toilet roll when I was first moving to university, but it is essential, especially if you have been travelling a while. You do not want to get there and find out you can’t go to the toilet because you have not brought any toilet roll)
  • Towels (x2)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Shower Gel
  • Hand Soap
  • Hand Towel
  • Toilet/Bathroom Cleaner
  • Flip-flops (communal shower)
  • Hairbrush
  • Face Cream
  • Any other toiletries you use/may need (e.g. razors, sanitary towels etc.)


  • Sometimes if you have a shared kitchen, you can speak to the people you are going to be living with and share utensils, but most bring their own to use
  • Plates (x2)
  • Bowls (x2)
  • Glasses (x2 of each kind of glass you bring)
  • Mugs (x2)
  • Cutlery (x2 of everything)
  • Baking Tray
  • Pans (frying pan, Saucepan (Could bring a couple of different sizes))
  • Roasting dish
  • Chopping Board
  • Potato Peeler
  • Tin Opener
  • Sieve
  • Colander
  • Sharp Knives (make sure to bring different kinds. E.g. fruit knife, bread knife etc).
  • Grater
  • Potato Masher
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Spatula
  • Whisk
  • Pizza Cutter
  • Toaster/Kettle (check if these are already provided. I lived in halls and these were already provided for us. If not, see if you can contact your flatmates to see if they are bringing a toaster/kettle, you do not all need to bring one)
  • Kitchen Roll
  • Washing-up Liquid
  • Washing-up Scrubber
  • Tupperware (to store food in)
  • Bottle Opener
  • Measuring Jug
  • Oven Gloves
  • Tea Towel
  • Tin Foil
  • Cling-film
  • Freezer Bags (good for separating meat and freezing)
  • This is the basics that you will need. If you are experienced in cooking, you may wish to bring extra things (Pestle and Mortar etc)


  • Lined Paper
  • A4/A3 Plain Paper (not essential but if you like to revise using posters or are doing a creative subject then this might be useful)
  • Black Pens
  • Pencils
  • Colourful Pens/Pencils
  • Pencil Pot
  • Scissors
  • Sellotape
  • Pins (if you are living in halls you will often have a pin board you can fill)
  • Paper Clips
  • Pencil Case
  • Stapler with extra Staples
  • Calculator if needed for subject
  • Glue
  • Folders if you are using loose paper
  • Notebooks
  • Ruler
  • Highlighters
  • Planner/Diary
  • Erasers
  • Sharpener
  • Hole Puncher
  • If you are doing a creative subject or a subject that requires more stationary, make sure you find out what you need (I do law so all I really need is a pad of paper and a pen, so I can’t give advice on other subjects)


  • Laptop
  • Phone/Tablet
  • USB Stick
  • Printer (not essential)
  • Batteries
  • Music Speaker (I have Sonos and I needed the WIFI password for mine to work which was not available so be aware of this)
  • Chargers for all your electronics
  • Earphones/Headphones
  • Any other electronics you may own and want to bring


  • Passport and Drivers Licence
  • National Insurance Number
  • Accommodation Contract
  • Acceptance Letter (not always necessary but better to have it just in case)
  • Medication (freshers’ flu is a real thing so I would advise bringing some medication for that!)
  • CV
  • Bank Debit Card
  • Travel Discount Cards (16-25 Railcard etc)
  • Water Bottle
  • Musical Instruments
  • Books
  • Plasters
  • Contraceptives
  • Playing Cards
  • Board Games
  • Weekend Bag
  • Daily bag to take your notes and stationary to university with you
  • Coat

I hope you found this university packing list helpful. If you think there is anything I have missed, make sure to comment below!

Good luck at university!

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Kim

    This is very useful! So many students over pack during there first year (sometimes there second and third years too lol).

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