What to pack for fist year University

Packing for university – especially if it’s your first year – can be both fun and challenging.

Deciding what to take is never easy as a lot of it will be down to personal choice and what items you can’t live without.

But there are essentials that everybody will need and ways to ensure you don’t forget anything important.

Although, remember, it’s not the end of the world if you do leave something behind as you’re not moving to the middle of out where, you should be able to get everything you need on your doorstep.

Or you can also collect it when you visit home.

When it comes to packing, it’s recommended that you find out what’s provided at your accommodation to avoid making unnecessary purchases.

It might be better to wait until you arrive before purchasing smaller electrical items such as kettles and toasters – or you could find that there are six kettles in the flat but no iron.

Also, check how much storage you’ll have – there’s no point taking things you don’t have the space to keep.

Firstly draw up a list of items you will need on a daily basis as well as things for entertainment but don’t forget you want to be out enjoying yourself so you don’t need your complete video game collection.

It can be nice to have some photographs or posters to make your room your own. 

Also, having familiar items around you can make you feel less homesick.

Next, consider items for the bathroom such as toiletries and towels and for the kitchen such as crockery and cutlery.

You will be doing your own washing so along with washing detergent you will need items to help you such as an airer to dry your clothes on and an iron if one isn’t provided.

Think about what you might need for your studies, including computer equipment, books and stationery.

But don’t worry, many of these items will be available when you get there and you might have a better idea of what you need once your course gets under way.

Whatever you do, don’t leave your packing to the last minute because it end up becoming a stressful process and increase the chances of you forgetting something important to you.


All the clothes and shoes you need for daytime and going out – think about wet and winter weather as well as what you might need for the gym or swimming pool

Bedding–duvet and cover, pillows cases and sheets.

Towels – for your bathroom and kitchen if needed.

Toiletries – you will obviously be able to buy supplies when you’re there but it’s worth having a stock to begin with so you don’t have to go shopping straight away.

First aid kit – accidents happen so it’s a good idea to be prepared. Small kits can be easily bought with items replaced as and when needed

Food and drink – basics such as bread, milk and cereal to get you started.

Computer or laptop if you need one.

Books and stationary

Coat-hangers – it can be easy to pack your clothes and forget you will need to hang them up 

Desk lamp if one is not provided in your room

Alarm clock – you don’t want to be late for lectures!

Cleaning products for your room, kitchen and bathroom

Laundry items– washing powder, fabric softener and basket for your clothes

Door stop – keeping your door open will help you make friends when you start. Don’t forget to remove it whenever you are going out.


Small rubbish bin

Weekend bag for visits home

Torch–always useful!