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Student packing checklist

Heading off to university is a really exciting time and often your first chance to live away from home. No matter how far away your new student digs might be, our packing checklist will help you have the place feeling like home in no time with everything you’ll need, from important documents and course materials to everyday essentials.


Important documents and contacts

  • Passport/ID
  • University and course acceptance letter
  • Student loan, bursary, finance documents
  • Insurance documents
  • Accommodation address and details
  • Bank details and card
  • List of emergency contacts
  • Medical documentation –bring details of any repeat prescriptions you might need
  • National insurance number
  • Rail or coach card
  • Passport photos – great for joining societies
  • Your budget

Electricals & gadgets

  • Laptop or desktop and power supply
  • Phone and charger
  • Any specialist equipment you need for your studies
  • Iron
  • Speakers/phone dock
  • USB stick
  • Television

Books & stationery

  • Books and course reading materials
  • A pen and notepad - if your battery dies this will tide you over until you get power and some internet access
  • Scissors
  • Highlighter pens
  • Folders
  • Post-it notes


Clothing, washing and grooming

  • Clothes, including at least one formal outfit for interviews or presentations
  • Towel
  • Washbag
  • Toothbrush / toothpaste
  • Soap/shower gel
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • At least one toilet roll
  • Painkillers and any prescription medication you need 
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Shaving supplies
  • Hair dryer
  • Hairbrush
  • Electrical hair tools


Household essentials

  • Pillow, duvet, sheets and covers
  • Cutlery
  • A saucepan or frying pan
  • One glass and one mug
  • At least one bowl and one plate 
  • Food storage containers
  • Baking tray 
  • Oven gloves
  • Dish cloth
  • Bottle opener
  • Kettle (with tea, coffee and sugar)
  • Toaster
  • Can opener
  • Chopping board
  • Herbs and spices
  • Wooden spoon
  • Kitchen towels


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