The ULTIMATE moving-to University checklist

So the time has come – after years of hard work at school – University is beckoning! An exciting time lies in wait, potentially the best years of your life. But of course the next question – and one of the most important, is what do you take?



Luckily, a range of checklists are available online. For added convenience, browse ahead to review a combined list – ensuring anything you could possibly require for your University trip is listed.



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Identity Documents

  • Passport
  • Driver’s license (if required)
  • University correspondence e.g. letter of acceptance
  • Student Loan correspondence (if relevant)
  • Accommodation correspondence
  • Bank Card
  • NHS Medical card
  • CV and references
  • Insurance Documents (again, if necessary)



  • Pens/pencils
  • A4 Notebook
  • Binders/Folders
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Sharpener
  • Highlighters
  • Calendar
  • Stapler
  • Plastic wallets
  • Calculator
  • Textbooks (wait for the reading list…)
  • Revision tools – such as sticky notes, coloured paper



  • Laptop/Desktop Computer/Tablet
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • USB Memory stick (you know, in case cloud fails)
  • Speakers (for listening to podcasts to facilitate your academic growth of course)
  • Printer (to save those long trips to the library)
  • Headphones (helps block out humans when required)
  • Extension cables
  • Ethernet cable


Cooking and Food

  • Cutlery (knives, forks, spoons)
  • Crockery (plates, bowls and mugs etc)
  • General utensils (chopping board, spatula, cheese grater, bottle opener, tin opener etc)
  • Baking Tray
  • Saucepan
  • Frying Pan
  • Scissors
  • Oven gloves
  • Tupperware containers
  • Sandwich bags
  • Washing up liquid
  • Kettle (if not already provided)
  • Toaster (if not already provided)
  • Tin opener
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Corkscrew



  • Duvet and pillows (if not already provided)
  • Sheets
  • Laundry Bag
  • Clothes Hangers
  • Mattress protector
  • Desk lamp (often provided)
  • Rubbish bin (often provided)
  • Posters
  • Drying Rack



  • Casual (t-shirts, jumpers, trousers)
  • Underwear
  • Winter coat
  • Gloves, hat and scarf (this is the United Kingdom)
  • Smart attire (part-time job anyone?)
  • Fancy dress
  • Sportswear
  • Shoes (trainers, smart shoes, heels)



  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Wash bag
  • Soap
  • Shampoo and/or conditioner
  • Shower gel
  • Anti-persperant
  • Razor
  • Shaving foam
  • Towels
  • Hand Towel
  • Hair Brush
  • Hair Dryer/Straighteners
  • Moisturiser
  • Lip balm
  • Make-up and make-up remover
  • Toilet Roll
  • Sanitary Towels



  • Any relevant medication
  • First Aid kit
  • Painkillers, plasters, lozenges
  • Glasses and prescription
  • Contact lenses and cleaning fluid
  • Birth control pills and/or condoms



  • Rucksack
  • Photographs (may help the move-in process to be less painful)
  • Bike (helps with those 9am starts)
  • Books for personal reading
  • Films/boxsets (Netflix and Amazon Prime offers a less bulky alternative)
  • Board Games (If you want something to help you all fall out, Monopoly works quite well.)
  • Playing cards.


General Tips

  • Aim to travel lightly. Remember the vast majority of these things can be bought when at University – it just helps to be prepared. It should be noted too this list combines several already – it is highly unlikely you’ll need every last thing on this list!
  • Utilise supermarkets, Ikea and Argos to save money.
  • Check what the University will provide for you, again it can save you both time and money.
  • Car pooling could help if you are struggling to find a way to get to University. Is anyone from your school going to attend the same institution?
  • If you are going by bus/coach, make sure you take a suitcase with wheels to ease transportation.
  • When at University, familiarise yourself with the location of any nearby A&E/Health Service.



  • Enjoy yourself. Sure it seems daunting now, but these will be some fun years.



Read More: What you DON’T need to bring to University

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