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? In this article, we have put together an exhaustive list of everything you could possibly need at University! Good luck!


University awaits!


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


This list prepares you well for University!



  • 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
  • Antiperspirant
  • 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 area 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!



What You DON’T Need to Take to University


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