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Moving Into University: The Ultimate Student Checklist

Moving into university soon? Find out what to take to university with our checklists, plus, an easy way to store your belongings nearby.
You’ve hit 18 and it’s time for the big move… to university. Ah - how time flies! Moving out of home and moving into university is a huge change. It’s a fun and exciting time, yet also a challenging and nerve-wrecking experience for some. When prepping for the big move, there’s loads of things on your plate, from choosing your university halls to figuring out what to take to university.

Sometimes, you may even need a storage space to rent to hold some of your belongings when moving between cities, and moving in and out of different accommodations. Well, consider this a starting point. We’ve got a big list of everything you’ll need to take to university - the ultimate student checklist... and also, what to do with your student storage!

And if you’re feeling anxious, we’ve got 6 helpful tips to manage your anxiety whilst moving. 

University Checklist

When moving to university there’s a lot of gear to remember to take with you. In order to make sure you don’t forget anything, it’s important to prepare ahead of time. One of the best and easiest ways to prepare is to create a checklist of what to take to university. Within that one big checklist, make sublists like ‘bedroom’, ‘bathroom’, ‘kitchen’ etc, so you can mark off exactly what you need for each room. On top of these sublists, don’t forget the following:

  • Important documents
  • Medication (don't forget the paracetamol)
  • Electrical items (like laptop, plugs, chargers, USB sticks etc)
  • Clothing
  • Stationary (pens, pencils, highlighters and notepads etc)
  • Sports equipment

Bedroom: What to Take to University

All the basics should be covered when you get to your uni halls. When we say basics, we’re talking about a bed, bedside table, desk, chair, wardrobe, mirror, curtains and a bin. However, it’s best to check online what your university accommodation includes, so you can start to tick things off the list.

  • Mattress protector
  • Duvet with cover (make sure to check your bed size first!)
  • Pillows with cases
  • Bed sheets
  • Coat hangers
  • Laundry basket
  • Clothes horse
  • Fairy lights or a lamp
  • Photos or posters

Kitchen: What to Take to University

If you’re in shared halls, you’ll no doubt share your kitchen with other students. Kitchen appliances like kettles and toasters are normally supplied by the accommodation provider. In most cases, each student likes to take their own kitchen equipment (cutlery, plates, etc), however, you all may discuss beforehand if there are particular things you don’t mind sharing.

  • Cutlery (forks, spoons and knives)
  • Plates
  • Bowl
  • Mug
  • Glass/cups
  • Kitchen knife
  • Scissors
  • Tupperware
  • Recipe book
  • Chopping board
  • Kitchen tongs
  • Spatula
  • Wooden spoon
  • Frying pan and/or wok
  • Saucepan
  • Colander
  • Measuring jug
  • Can opener
  • Peeler
  • Grater
  • Whisk
  • Baking tray/oven tray
  • Oven gloves
  • Tea towel
  • Tea bags/coffee
  • Freezer bags
  • Bin bags
  • Washing up liquid
  • Washing up sponge or brush
  • Tin foil
  • Cling-film

Bathroom: What to Take to University

It’s not the end of the world if you forget some of these key bathroom items, but it saves you having to pop down to the shops when you’re just settling into your accommodation.

  • Bath towels
  • Hand towels
  • Dressing gown
  • Hand soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Flip flops (if you have a shared bathroom/communal showers)
  • Toilet roll
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair dryer
  • Hair straighteners/curling iron
  • Make-up and remover
  • Nail clippers
  • Tweezers
  • Plasters (or a small first-aid kit)
  • Razors and shaving cream
  • Sanitary products

Moving In & Moving Out of University

As you can see… there’s a lot of stuff to take to university with you. Not only that, but it’s hard work to move out with all of that stuff too. Some students will just have to move out at the end of the year, whilst others will have to move out of their university halls during Christmas and Easter holidays, then, move back in after the 4-week period. As a result, it can be a lot of stressful back and forth.

So what do you do with all of this student storage? Instead of moving your stuff back home, find a hassle-free solution and rent a storage space to keep your stuff local at an affordable price.


14th Mar 2022

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