Five essentials you should pack before leaving for university

Oscar Djama Tuckett on 23 July 2020
Five essentials you should pack before leaving for university

It’s a weird time waiting to start at your new uni and counting down the days until you get to see your new home. Get ahead by making sure you bring these essentials.

When moving day finally comes around, it pays to be prepared for your new living arrangements, particularly if you’ve not lived away from your family before. Here are some essentials that will make your first year in halls go by smoothly:

1. Slippers

We won’t tell you what other clothes to bring, but these are essential for living in a shared space. Things can get messy pretty quickly in the communal areas and you won’t be happy if you stick your bare foot into somebody’s week-old bolognese. Trust us, it’s not pleasant…

2. Kitchen appliances

The chances are you’ll be pretty disappointed with what the kitchen in your halls has to offer (usually just a hob and a broken oven). The odds are your housemates will bring some of these, but just in case they don’t (or they’re one of the stingy ones), here are a few of the essentials you should consider:

  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Blender

Make sure you’ve also got enough cutlery, crockery, pots and pans to get you through the year. Corkscrews and bottle openers are especially important!

3. Medical supplies

Don’t be one of the unlucky victims of the dreaded Freshers’ flu. Stock up on hangover cures such as paracetamol, ibuprofen, Berocca and Dioralyte (trust us on this one) to make sure that you’re in with a fighting chance of making it through the first week.

4. Books and stationery

By all means, enjoy your Freshers’ week, but don’t leave it until the last minute to get your uni supplies in order. Check your reading list in advance if possible and get all of the key texts you’ll need for your first year (don’t forget to check out our free textbooks available on Perlego first - you’re welcome). You’ll probably write your way through a lot of notepads too, so make sure you’ve got a decent supply.

5. Laundry bags

These will serve two purposes; as well as making sure you don’t leave a trail of socks and shirts on your trips to the launderette, these bags are also great for transporting clothes and towels to and from the bathroom (if you’re unlucky enough to be sharing). Pack one of these to minimise hassle when trying to keep your clothes clean and dry.

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Oscar Djama Tuckett
Oscar Djama Tuckett on 23 July 2020