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Preparing for University Checklist

The Ultimate Preparing For University Checklist and The Best Things to Take


If you’re a 1st-year student getting ready to leave home for university and wondering what to take, then fear not. As part of our preparing for university series, we’ve put together a university checklist which will take you through all the items your going to need.

One of the biggest challenges many students face when preparing for university, is deciding and knowing what things to take and what things to leave behind.

Apart from the essentials, it’s not going to matter too much if you prefer to bring most items with you or if instead you  prefer to buy them once you arrive at uni. Whats is important, is having a good overview of all the things your likely to need. You don’t want to get caught out and forget something.

In order to ensure your prepared, go through and use the preparing for university checklist below.

Preparing For University Checklist Overview

The checklist is fairly extensive but we’ve broken it down into the following segments:

  • Important Documents
  • Stationery
  • Electronics
  • Kitchen Accessories
  • Bedroom Items
  • Bathroom Items
  • Clothing
  • Health and Medical Items
  • Miscellaneous Items


As you go through the checklist, make a list of the things you consider essential (meaning either it’ll be required or you’ll need to have it from day one) and copy each essential item into a spread sheet which you can tick off.

University Checklist: Important Documents

preparing for university checklist

  • Passport / driving license or any other form of ID
  • University acceptance letter and other official uni correspondence
  • Student accommodation details such as address and contact number
  • Student finance documents
  • Scholarship and bursary letters
  • Bank account details and correspondence
  • Bank cards
  • Insurance documents
  • National insurance card and number
  • Student discount cards
  • Passport photos
  • Medical Prescriptions


TOP TIP:  While travelling, it’s best to keep these documents in a folder or wallet and ensure they’re kept safe and on your person. When you get to uni, keep them all in a safe place, this way you’ll always know where they are and can easily access them when required.

If your an international student some other documents which you may need to bring are:

  • Visa Documents
  • Proof of Funds
  • Travel Insurance
  • Cash (Pound Sterling)

You can find further information about UK student visas on the official GOV.UK student visas page. You can also check their other page which explains what items you’ll need to display once you arrive in the UK.

Uni Checklist: Stationary to take to uni

Uni Checklist: Stationary to take to uni

  • Pens and pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Rulers
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Scissors
  • Pencil Case
  • Calculator
  • Stapler & staples
  • Salo Tape
  • A4 and/or A5 note pads
  • Ring folders and/or Wallets
  • Sticky Notes
  • Paper clips
  • Dairy, Calendar or Planner
  • Course textbooks and study materials


TOP TIP: If your missing any items, head over to a your universities student library. Uni library’s stock many of the stationary items students require, which will be free to use, or purchasable at a discounted price.

University Checklist: Electronic items to bring

  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Laptop and laptop bag preparing for university checklist
  • Mouse
  • USB hard-drive or memory stick (Back up important documents)
  • Ethernet cable for laptop
  • Extension Lead
  • Spare Electrical Cables
  • Headphones
  • IPod or Airpod
  • Kindle or Notepad
  • Speakers (Portable)
  • Games console (You’ll regret it if you don’t!)
  • USB TV Stick
  • Batteries


TOP TIP:  Consider getting any valuable items you’ll be bringing with you to university insured. This will protect you and save money if any of those items become lost or stolen.

University Checklist: Kitchen Accessories

  • Cutlery set (knife, fork, spoons etc)
  • Crockery set (Plates, bowls etc)
  • Coffee/Tea mug
  • Drinking glass
  • Tin opener
  • Bottle opener
  • Knife set
  • Chopping board
  • Pots and pans
  • Frying pan and/or wok
  • Oven gloves
  • Backing tray
  • Other utensils (scissors, kitchen tongs, cheese grater, potato masher, potato peeler, ladle, spatula, whisk, measuring jug)
  • Other accessories (Tea Towels, Bin bags, Washing cloths and liquid, cling-film, tin-foil)
  • Student cook book
  • Essential snacks (Pig out, no ones looking!)


TOP TIP:  Only bring the essentials with you, then once you arrive at university arrange with your new housemates what items each person will buy

If your moving into student accommodation with shared kitchen facilities, many students end up sharing certain kitchen items such as pots/pans toasters etc. It usually makes more sense buying one of each item as a group and it also saves on limited kitchen space.

University Checklist: Bedroom Items

bedroom items

  • Pillows and pillow cases
  • Duvet and duvet cover
  • Bed sheets
  • Spare Blankets
  • Mattress protector
  • Coat Hangers
  • Laundry Basket
  • Desk Lamp, Fan & Bin
  • Floor Rug
  • Wall Clock
  • Cool Pictures or Posters
  • Family Photos


TOP TIP: Before purchasing any bedding, check with your landlord or halls of residence on the bed size. Many student halls provide standard single beds but it can vary depending on the type of room you rent and the type of student accommodation your moving into.

University Checklist: Bathroom Accessories

  • Shower gel
  • Hand soap
  • Washing cloth
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Razor and shaving cream
  • Deodorant
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Hair dryer
  • Hand towels
  • Bath towel
  • Dressing gown
  • Flip flops
  • Nail Cutters
  • Toilet roll
  • Sanitary products
  • Small medical kit
  • Medication


TOP TIP: Carrying a small pack of tissues can always prove useful if an emergency crops up!!!

Uni Checklist: Clothing to take to uni

  • Underwear (boxers, pants, socks, tights and bras)
  • General clothing (T-shirts, tops, jumpers, dresses/skirts, jeans)
  • Smart clothing (shirts, ties, trousers, dresses)
  • Coats and jackets (Winter and Summer)
  • Footwear (shoes, trainers, boots, heels, slippers, flip-flops)
  • Gloves,hats and scarfs
  • Gym wear & Swimming
  • Night wear (Pyjamas, gowns, onesies)
  • Fancy dress outfits
  • Accessories (Belts, wrist-bands, watches, jewellery)


TOP TIP: If your planning on revamping your wardrobe, only take the items of clothing you’ll need and save some packing space. Once you get to uni and get your discount card you’ll be able to buy brand new clothes at a discount prices.

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University Checklist: Health and Medicine

University Checklist: Health and Medicine

  • Any prescriptions and medications
  • Details of your current GP and surgery
  • Glasses, contacts and prescriptions
  • Small First Aid Kid (plasters, cold and flu medication, allergy tablets, antibacterial wipes, pain killers)
  • Birth control pills and/or condoms
  • Multivitamins


TOP TIP: Ensure you register with a GP when you first get to uni. This will save you precious time and help you afford long  prolonged waits (think hours!) if you do become sick or injured and need to visit a doctor.

Miscellaneous Items to take to Uni

  • Cash
  • Padlocks
  • Lighter or matches
  • Vape
  • Decent small bag for books etc (ruck sack, handbag, man bag)
  • Peddle bike (with strong lock-chain and helmet)
  • Water Bottle
  • Thermal Flask
  • Umbrella
  • Hot water bottle
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Small sewing kit
  • Musical instruments
  • Religious texts
  • Home house keys
  • Playing cards
  • Board games


Some Other Useful Tips


If you don’t have access to a car or van and will be travelling on foot, consider travelling with a light load and only take the things you’ll need. Remember you can buy most of what you need once you get to uni and if you get your student discount card sorted out you’ll be able to buy some items cheaper. That pretty much covers everything you’ll need, we hope you found our preparing for university checklist useful.

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