Moving: University Checklist

So the time for you to move away is soon approaching (a few weeks to be precise) and you are trying to decide what you need but you can't remember it all.. 

Fear not! Below we have put together a very long yet important list of all the university essentials you will need. If you forget anything you can always buy it in the city you move to. However, it is way cheaper to grab it all from home whilst you can.

Some places (university halls mainly) will be equipped with some of these items such as knives, spoons etc. However, if you are going to be sharing, it might be worth taking your own just to make sure you have some to use.

We haven't included things such as clothes, shoes etc as that is pretty much common sense and hopefully you won't forget to bring them!

Note: Not everything item will apply to everyone so use this as a guide. 

  • Some sauce pans (2-3 should be enough)
  • Cutlery including knives, forks, spoons, masher
  • Cutlery holder
  • Kettle
  • Toaster (if you need one)
  • Tin opener (you will be eating alot of tin food)
  • Chopping board - I bet you that you will cook at least once.
  • Chopping knives - Tesco and Asda do a cheap set for about £5
  • Frying Pan
  • Oven gloves - no one wants any accidents to happen
  • Scales, baking tray and measuring jug - if you like to bake
  • Plastic tubs for storage and leftovers - these are essential!
  • Mugs and cups - 2-3 should be enough
  • Cling film and foil
  • Dinner plates and bowls


  • Towels - bath and hand
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Soap or hand-gel
  • Shower gel and shampoo
  • Dry shampoo 
  • Sponge or shower puff
  • Body lotion and moisturiser
  • Deodorant/Body spray
  • Perfume/after shave
  • Hairbrush and comb
  • Toilet roll and tissues

Food Basics

  • Salt and pepper
  • Herbs
  • Tin food such as beans
  • Rice
  • Noodles
  • Pasta
  • Pasta sauce
  • Olive oil
  • Hot drinks e.g. tea and coffee
  • Ketchup
  • Sugar
  • Cereal

Academic Study Related

  • Stationary - pens, ruler, calculator, highlighters (basically your usual pencil case)
  • Hole punch, stapler and staples
  • Sellotape, pen pot, scissors
  • Note Books - you need to make notes in lectures right?
  • Reading List (don’t worry if you haven’t received one yet, you will do soon) - I don't recommend buying every book in advance and you might not use them all and it will be a waste of money. You can ask your lecturer which ones you will need in lectures. The rest you can borrow from the library for 3 weeks free of cost.
  • Diary - you need to get organised
  • Wall Planner - You can pick one up from the Freshers Fair
  • Old text books and notes that are relevant to your university course. I still have my notes and books from GCSE Business (I study Business) as I can still use parts for my university modules
  • Dictionary and thesaurus - you will need to these for your reports/essays
  • Noticeboard and pins - some accommodations have this so you can check in advance. It is super handy to put post it notes (buy these too) on the board for reminders.
  • Files or folders - it's up to you how many you get. I recommend buying a few to start with and then get more as and when you need them. These are super handy for storing your module notes as you will need them in your second year and third year.

Washing and Cleaning

  • Laundry basket or bag (bag will be easier to store)
  • Coat hangers
  • Washing capsules - most accommodations won't let you use powder
  • Fabric softener - if you like to add this - check with your accommodation if this is allowed first
  • Washing-up liquid, sponge, scourer
  • Cloth and rubber gloves - you will need to clean eventually
  • Anti-bacterial spray and wipes
  • Kitchen roll
  • Black bin bags or white bin liners
  • Bedding- including sheets, duvet, pillows. It's a good idea to get a few bed sheet sets so you can have one ready whilst the other one is in the wash.
  • Blanket or throw - it will get chilly in the winter
  • Full length mirror (May be a good idea)
  • Desk lamp/bedside lamp - always handy to have. Your accommodation might provide one so check with them first
  • Any extra storage - I recommend getting one that has wheels so it is easy to move around. Wilkinson's have some cheap ones
  • Small dustbin for your room
  • Cushions - you need to be comfortable


  • Passport
  • Driving Licence (if you have one) and insurance documents
  • Passport photos for ID cards - you might need a photo for when you arrive at your accommodation to prove you are who you say you are
  • National Insurance card
  • Your acceptance letter from the university
  • Student Finance letters
  • Your accommodation details and contract
  • CV - you need a copy of this (online copy is fine)
  • Exam certificates - you may need these when registering
  • Discount cards e.g. 16-25 railcard, NUS card - you can buy a NUS card during welcome week. If you are planning to travel a fair amount then I really recommend getting the railcard. You can get discount off the price with an NUS card too! You make the money back pretty quickly too. However note that there are restrictions in what times you can use the railcard. I still think it is worth it though.


  • TV - you will need to check with your chosen accommodation if they already provide you with one - you will need a TV licence too
  • Alarm Clock - you need to get up for lectures on time
  • Hair Dryer/Straighteners/Curling Tongs (If you use them) 
  • Extension lead - will come in handy all year round
  • Laptop and a laptop bag

Please note that it can take up to 5 working days for your student finance to appear in your bank account so you will need some money to cover your costs in your first week.

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