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University will change you in many ways. One of the ways that it changes people, is that it either makes or breaks you in terms of organisation. You will suddenly see yourself either slip into habits hitherto unseen by mankind, or a switch will flick in your head and you’ll find yourself being even more on top of things than you could have ever imagined.

The thing that most university students want to know is exactly what you need to take when moving away to university. It’s for this reason that planning at university is going to help.

Something that you should probably consider is the fact that your checklist should very much be tailored to your student living situation. For example, if you’re living in student halls at university, then you will require different things than if you’re living in a shared house. Either way, there are some things that although may seem very important for you to take, they will ultimately just take up space in your suitcase.

Your inventory should be carefully considered, even before you’ve completed your UCAS application, you don’t want to just turn up with things that you don’t need, so be sure to think about your time at university and think about what you’ll need. Just don’t go spending lots of money on things that you don’t really need, be sure to check out some university student budgeting tips, to help you save money at university.

Games Console:

It can sound odd that this is one of the things that we recommend that you take with you to university but believe us, you will find yourself with an awful lot of free time over the course of the year, regardless of what it is that you’re doing or what year you’re in. Most lectures will last around twelve hours-a-week, but you’re going to find yourself with around twenty-eight hours of independent study-a-week too, so you’ll want to be cracking on with something to keep you sane if you’re not going to be doing any studying. Also, this is a good way for you to not only stay in contact with friends but with family too. Most games consoles have an online feature and will support various applications like Skype or they will no doubt have their own messaging system to microphone chat system, so this can help you for when you’re feeling homesick at university.

Laptop:

Possibly the most obvious of all the things on this list is the laptop, simply put, you cannot possibly hope to survive university without the use of a laptop. You will be needing this for basically everything that could possibly come up, especially for the software that you will use at university. You’ll need it for independent learning, for taking notes in lectures, for research and for any social work that you want to do too and even for updating or writing your student CV. Make sure that you have your laptop with you at all times and that you have it very well charged. Sometimes, some students have two batteries with them just in case their laptop battery runs out, although this can be very difficult to do if you have a Mac or similar as the backs of the laptop can be nigh impossible to remove without a screwdriver. Let’s not forget to mention that some online shopping will happen at some point with your student loan and when using student discounts, it doesn’t seem too bad if you’re splashing out.

A Change of Bedding:

It’s really quite amazing just how many students forget that they need to bring a change of bedding with them when they move into their student accommodation. When going to university you will need to take a change of bedding, that we can assure you. You will be surprised just how much wear and tear your bedding is likely to go through when you’re at university. The constant change of bedding will keep things fresh for you and will also mean that you won’t get into a bad smelling bad all the time, just be sure to wash your other bedding when you get the chance. Tesco has a great selection of bedding for students going to university, which will save you a lot of money in the long run! 

Extension Cord:

You have not idea just how badly you will be needing this. No matter where you’re staying at university, or how big or small your room or house is, you will absolutely need an extension cord to help alleviate the lack of power in the room. Your cord will mean that you will be able to plug your games console, laptop charger, phone charger and your speakers all into one place. Also, if you want to be particularly smart about things, then you can buy another power cord and plug that one into the other power cord for unlimited power!

Travel Iron:

A travel iron will become a very large necessity for you as you get to university. Suddenly you’ll need to have an ironed shirt or you’ll need to look good for a night out, you can’t just use the tried and tested method of student ironing, which is just to put a lot of heavy textbooks on your shirt, you’ll need a travel iron, which comes very cheap in a number of shops. It’s not necessarily something that you need to buy before you go to university, you’ll probably be able to pick one up when you get to university, but it is certainly something that you’ll need to buy.

Important Documentation:

It is vitally important that you take your passport or your driver’s license with you. These are essential for you, especially if you’re looking to get into any of the bars and clubs in your local area and need some form of ID in order to get in. You will also need this, especially if you’re going to be signing up for a new doctor in your new city, or if you’re planning on doing anything like signing up for a new bank account in the new city that you find yourself in, then you will need to have the correct documentation with you, for when you’re doing this. So many students forget this, but they always regret it, especially as well because if you lose your NUS Card, then the university may need some documentation for you to see who you are etc.

Coat Hangers:

These are an absolute necessity too, you will soon find yourself picking up new shirts and t-shirts when you’re in university. You will need to bring quite a few of these to university with you, because you certainly won’t find any at university and even if you do, you won’t have many of them, you’ll need to not only take some of your own, you’ll also need to buy some of your own when you’re at university too.

These are some of the lesser-known items and things that you’ll need to bring along with you go to university. If you’re going to university and you’re living with people, then a good tip for you is that you stay in contact with the people that you’re living with. The reason behind this is because you’re able to then see what it is that you need to bring to your accommodation, it’s not worth both you and your housemate(s) all bring a toaster, or all bring a kettle, you’ll soon see that you will all be wasting your hard-earned money on things that you don’t need.

However, if you are all going to be bringing things, then the best thing to do is to try and organise things between you as a group, this way you will be able to bring some things that you need and that way, everyone feels valued and knows that they have contributed something important to the overall cause too.

However, we also have a full checklist of things that you should be taking overall, take a look below and get packing!

  • Passport
  • Driver’s license
  • Accommodation Paperwork
  • Passport photos
  • Chequebook
  • Insurance documents
  • Bank account details
  • Bank debit card
  • Student loan documents
  • Condoms
  • Bike
  • Saucepan – just one for now
  • Small cutlery set
  • Scissors
  • Kitchen Tongs
  • Glasses and mugs
  • Plates and bowls
  • Flat baking tray
  • Tupperware
  • Headphones/Earphones
  • Folder with Dividers
  • Calculator
  • Books
  • A diary
  • Other: Dictaphone, course-specific materials.
  • Student recipe book
  • Student discount cards
  • University acceptance letter
  • Course acceptance letter
  • National Insurance number/card
  • Laptop or computer
  • Ethernet cable, if WiFi is unavailable
  • Mobile phone
  • Towels
  • Paracetamol
  • Personal medication and supplies
  • Febreeze
  • Washbag
  • Plasters
  • Small first aid kit
  • Single toilet roll
  • Casual clothes
  • Underwear and socks
  • Smart outfit
  • Trainers
  • Going out shoes
  • Waterproofs
  • Sports kit/swimwear
  • Fancy dress
  • Vacuum storage bags
  • Pack of cards
  • Crate of beer/bottle of Vodka
  • Insurance
  • Torch
  • Coffeemaker
  • Bed sheets
  • USB Stick
  • Power extension cable (opt for one of these with surge protection)
  • Printer with ink – The cheaper, the better
  • Duvet & pillows
  • Mattress protector
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Alarm clock
  • Coat hangers
  • Laundry basket
  • Photos of friends & family
  • Doorstop
  • Small TV
  • Games console
  • Device chargers
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • A4 writing pad
  • Earplugs

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