Packing for university

Useful items to pack and what to buy when you arrive.

Packing for university

Packing for university can be a bit of a daunting task, particularly if you’re leaving home for the first time. The trick is to not to bring too much and to remember that, if you forget something, you can always replace it here or get it sent on afterwards.

You’ll find a list of what’s in your room and communal areas on the page for your accommodation, but the following will provide an overview of things to take into consideration.

What to bring with you

You’ll need to bring some clothes and personal belongings, of course. You might like to bring a few choice items like photos as well, to make your room feel more like home.

It’s also a good idea to bring:

  • your bank account details and cash card
  • ID such as your passport or driving licence
  • your National Insurance Number if you want to look for a part-time job
  • bedding – sheets, pillows, pillowcases, duvet and duvet cover (or you could buy a bedding starter pack from Student Room Packs and have it delivered to your room before you arrive)
  • towels
  • coat hangers
  • crockery – a couple of plates, bowls, mugs and glasses
  • cutlery
  • tea towels
  • toiletries – shampoo, conditioner, soap, shower gel etc (international students: please read advice from the UK government about restricted items)
  • basic food provisions until you do your first shop (international students: see the UK government guidance about bringing food into the UK).

What not to bring with you

 There are some items we ask you not to bring to keep everyone safe. These are listed in your terms and conditions and include: 

  • Airsoft guns
  • Candles
  • Chip pans
  • Extra furniture
  • Fan heaters
  • Fireworks
  • Illegal substances
  • Paddling pools
  • Pets
  • Replica weapons
  • Your car – unless you live at Glenside Campus or the Hollies and have a valid parking permit.

What to buy as a group

If you're going to be sharing with other students, it can be good value – and be good fun – to club together and shop for 'house' items as a group.

That's things like:

  • Pots and pans – a couple of frying pan and saucepans in different sizes.
  • Non-stick baking trays, colander and chopping boards.
  • Cleaning products – washing up liquid, scrubbing brushes, cleaning cloths, kitchen paper, pads, gloves, surface cleaners and bin liners.
  • Loo rolls – large packs are cheaper.
  • Cooking utensils – a tin opener, corkscrew, sieve, vegetable peeler, spatulas and kitchen knifes.
  • Foil, cling film and plastic food storage containers.
  • An iron and a toaster – you won’t need to buy a kettle as there’ll be one in your kitchen.

Electrical appliances

If you’re bringing any electrical appliances, it’s important they:

  • conform to British standards
  • can be used with 240V electrical supply
  • come with a portable appliance test certificate if the item’s not brand new.

We discourage using adaptors because they can cause a fire risk.