The complete uni packing checklist: don't forget these!

September has quickly come around again and we're all left wondering where the summer went (as usual). It might be your first time at uni (if so, congrats on passing your A Levels!), or you could be going into your second, third or even fourth year but need to repack everything for your newest student home - either way, you'll need to make sure not to forget these university essentials before moving in. That's why we created a complete uni packing checklist for you guys with a bunch of items you won't want to forget!

Uni Bedroom Essentials

  • Bed sheets

  • Coat hangers

  • Duvet/pillows

  • Blankets

  • Blu tack

  • Desk lamp (depending on your accommodation)

  • Small desk bin (depending on your accommodation)

  • Laundry basket

  • Extension cord

  • Pencil holder

  • Mattress protector

Uni Bathroom Essentials

  • Towels (including hand towels)

  • Hand soap

  • Toilet paper

  • Toilet brush (depending on your accommodation)

  • Air freshener

  • Toilet freshener

Uni Kitchen Essentials

  • Oven mitts

  • Mugs

  • Plates

  • Bowls

  • Cutlery

  • Spatula

  • Ladle

  • Sieve/colander

  • Pots

  • Pans

  • Whisk

  • Sharp knives

  • Measuring jug

  • Chopping board

  • Reusable baking mats

  • Tupperware

  • Vegetable peeler

  • Bin bags

  • Can opener

  • Reusable cutlery for on-the-go

  • Cheese grater

  • Lemon squeezer

  • Kitchen towels

  • Bottle opener/corkscrew

  • Dishwashing soap

  • Sponge/scrubbing brush

  • Kettle (depending on your accommodation)

  • Toaster (depending on your accommodation)

Uni Cleaning Essentials

  • Multi-surface cleaner

  • Window cleaner

  • Floor cleaner

  • Sponges

  • Cleaning rags

  • Cleaning gloves

  • Detergent

  • Stain remover

  • Toilet cleaning gel

Essential Documents

  • Passport/drivers licence or any your preferred form of ID

  • Photocopies of your form of ID

  • Acceptance letter

  • Accommodation documents

  • Bank cards and bank details

  • Emergency contact details

  • Insurance documents

  • Travel documents (if you arrived from abroad for example)

Girl wearing face mask

Uni Covid-19 Essentials

  • Spare masks

  • Large hand sanitiser for your room

  • Portable hand sanitiser

  • Disinfectant wipes for surfaces

  • Painkillers

  • Throat lozenges (e.g. Strepsils)

Miscellaneous Uni Stuff

  • Batteries

  • Plug-in scent diffusers

  • Scissors

  • Sewing kit

  • Sticky notes

  • Speaker

  • Blender

  • Tape

  • Reusable straws

  • Umbrella

  • Plasters

  • Calendar

  • Cookbook

  • USB stick

  • Desk organizer

  • Handheld milk frother - a life saver if you want to save some money but love a barista-style coffee

  • Blue light glasses

  • Portable phone charger

  • Yoga mat

  • Cards/games

  • Coffee maker

  • Refreezable ice cubes

What to have handy when you arrive

  • Disinfectant wipes to wipe all surfaces

  • Folder with your most important documents

  • Freshly washed bedsheets (you do not want to be wasting time washing new bedsheets the first day you arrive)

  • Small kit with medicine essentials (to avoid falling ill during Freshers)

  • List of your family's emergency contact details to give to your closest flatmates

  • Plasters (you'll be walking loads during Freshers, believe us)

  • Spare mask

Don't stress if you happen to forget any of these - there'll be plenty of shops brimming with back to uni essentials for students just like you. Make sure to also check what your accommodation provides you with before moving in to avoid overpacking! We hope this checklist has been helpful and that you enjoy your new academic year! While you're here, check out our previous post on our Top Money Saving Tips for Students and keep in touch with us on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to find out more student tips and other fun content! Best of luck with starting uni,

- The UniMate Team


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