So you’ve finally been accepted in your dream university and you’re excited to move into its halls. Just one problem – what should you put into your suitcase? Should you take your entire bedroom? Should you bring your speakers? A book collection? Pictures? Favorite blanket? Shoe collection? And the list goes on…
While packing your suitcase, you’d be confronted with this pervading Shakespearean riddle: To bring or not to bring? It sounds simple but actually not.
Packing for university is a bit easier if you have had helped an older sibling, or perhaps a cousin, in the past. But if you’re the only child or the oldest in your brood, then it can be trickier. Obviously, you don’t know what university life is like, and thus you are clueless about what to bring.
So, we’ve come up with this ultimate guide to help freshies prep for their big move the university.
Begin with the most important of all – your documents. Even before you start rummaging your entire bedroom, make sure to sort out your important academic and legal documents. Documents are most commonly left behind, perhaps due to its size and seeming unimportance.
Place all important documentations in an easily recognizable folder or packet. Choose a bright colored packet, label it, and place it in your suitcase. This way, you won’t forget and leave it behind.
What documents to secure:
- Legal/Identification documents (NHS number, passport, driving license, passport pictures)
- Financial documents (national insurance number, bank details)
- Academic documents (university admission papers, CV & references, exam certificates, academic credentials)
- Medical documents (current medications, medical history, allergies, doctor’s contact details)
Many of these documents contain private information, so be sure to keep them in a secured place once you’ve settled in.
Consider your bedroom as your home for the coming months or even years. It is basically the place where you’ll either spend bone-lazy idleness hours or sleepless, cramming nights. Your bedroom should meet your requirements for studying as well as serve as a restful haven.
What items to bring with you:
- Bed sheets (a couple of pairs to allow a replacement during washing day)
- Mattress protector (you don’t know what the mattress have been through)
- Pillows (choose one that you’re comfortable with)
- Coat hangers (expect your wardrobe to grow, so bring extras)
- Door stop (meet your ‘neighbours’ by keeping your door open)
- Cleaning products
- First aid/medication kit
- Laundry basket
- Alarm clock
- Extension cable
Some students bring comfort objects or ‘security blanket’. These are items you have personal attachment with and provide psychological comfort. They can help make the bedroom more relaxing, especially during the transition period.
Personal hygiene is oftentimes underrated by many students but to gain new acquaintances, be sure to include this in your priority list. I guess, everyone just want to look and smell good. And also, don’t forget to bring bathroom cleaning supplies. A filthy bathroom is the least that you want.
- Big and small towels
- Personal hygiene bag (soap, shower gel, shampoo, toothpaste, etc)
- Toilet rolls (have an emergency supply, you might run out unexpectedly)
- Bleach and other bathroom cleaning agents
Unless you love cooking or have been cooking back at home, you’ll have to get to grips with using the kitchen. We know that not every student loves this part of their home, but you’ll have to at least like it to survive university. Who knows, you might even realize a hidden love for cooking!
Just pack the basics, no need to take in a dozen of plates or fancy wine glasses; you won’t need them anyway, unless you plan to throw a formal dinner in your bedroom (which is very unlikely.) You can always add new stuff over time.
Here are the basics for your kitchen:
- A pair of bowl and plate
- Two to three sets of spoon and fork
- One glass and a mug
- Kitchen tongs
- A cutlery set
- Cheese grater
- Recipe book
- Plastic storage containers
- Baking tray
If you love to cook, restrain the temptation to bring all of your beloved kitchen supplies to the university. You don’t want to trouble yourself with too much kitchen clutter later on.
Your list may be going long, but lest you forget: you are in the university to study! Socializing and meeting new people are all part of university life but the topmost reasons is to study.
Include in your suitcase study aids to help make studying easier. Oh, but please don’t go overboard!
Study aids that you’ll need:
- A laptop (you’ve got a lot of academic tasks to accomplish and a laptop is a necessity)
- Notebooks (you’ll need to write countless notes while studying, that’s for sure)
- A diary or planner (it would help to have your schedule written down; mobile phone apps a great alternatives)
- A day bag (you’ll need a bag to carry all your school stuff)
- A supply of pens
- USB stick and additional external hard drive
For other supplies, you can purchase them as you need them. You might need folders, a stack of paper, and other school supplies later.
First, let’s clear things out: what you have in your suitcase won’t bring you new friends, but they can help you socialize with people. Unless you are a loner and don’t want to earn new friends, you may want to bring the following items to make socializing with others easier.
- Playing cards (play with a dorm-mate on your idle time even in the comforts of your room or the hallways)
- A Frisbee (meet similarly athletic people outside the halls)
- A fancy dress costume (just in case you want to get silly with your new friends)
- A few beers and bottle opener (but please don’t use this very often)
- Supplies for a hobby
Some things to scrap off your list
Well, we’ve covered almost all the things you need for your move the university. If you are unsure about whether some items deserve to get inside your suitcase, check if they fall in this list of no-no’s:
- A toaster or kettle
- Bedroom TV (everything’s online now)
- Candle warmer
- An address book
- Popcorn popper
Generally, anything that has got nothing to do with your basic needs should be out of your suitcase.
Oh, before we forget, please don’t hire towed trailers or large moving trucks to move-in. You’re not moving in for the rest of your life!
Ready to pack your things? Print this list now!
We wish you the best in your university life!