A new academic year is right around the corner so I’ve created the ultimate guide of things to bring to uni with you! Thank me later 😉
Forget about the obvious things like clothes, suitcase, bedding, kitchenware and toiletries. This is a list of things you might not think to bring with you.
1. Extension leads
Trust me on this! My room in halls had a double socket at my desk and a double socket by my bed. All of my laptop, printer, TV, games console stuff on my desk needed more sockets and so did my various chargers and fan next to my bed.
Don’t roll your eyes at me. I see you. It may seem obvious but some people in my halls legit forgot to bring any and no one wants to be borrowing other people’s towels. Nasty.
3. Extra blankets
Hall’s heating breaks all the time, sometimes the windows are rubbish or the buildings are old. Just make sure to bring one or two extra blankets so you can snuggle up in the colder months and not be shivering away.
4. A heater
Not all halls will allow heaters in the rooms for health and safety reasons, but halogen heaters are a gift from God if you can take one with you. You might want to invest in some sunglasses though.
5. A hot water bottle
If you can’t take a heater then a hot water bottle is always a good option. Especially if you get a cute cover for it!
5. A fan
Just like it gets cold in halls it also gets hella hot! With a small room and usually just one window to crack open (most halls you can’t even open them right up for health and safety reasons) a fan will be an absolute life saver in the summer months!
6. Photos and decorations
There’s no place like home. But unfortunately you have to leave it on this next step in your life. So my advice? Bring photos of your friends, family and pets. Any favourite posters and paintings you have or any other decorations from your old bedroom. It may be nice to go home to your room being how it was when you left but you are going to spend most of your time at uni, so don’t be afraid to bring half of your room with you!
7. A kettle for your room
You can get travel kettles that don’t take up too much space and you can still get at least 2 mugs out of most. Handy for tea, coffee, Lemsip, soups, Pot Noodles, ramen and filling up that hot water bottle you’re going to take 😉
8. A toaster for your room
Hear me out. Not only can it be used for toast, but you can keep Pop-Tarts in your room, you can buy cheesy pocket snacks to toast, crumpets, hot cross buns and I’m sure as a student you will find more items to toast!
9. Your own shower curtain
If you are lucky enough to have your own bathroom and it’s one that comes with a shower curtain instead of a door please take your own one! Mine was so dirty, I immediately ran out and got myself a new one. You don’t want that sticking to you mid shower. Seriously.
10. Laundry basket/bag
Trying to carry all of your laundry in your arms to the laundry room is not fun. Get yourself a bag, make life easier.
11. A lamp
Unless you want to have to turn on your main light and blind yourself in the middle of the night then invest in a lamp. They are pretty handy for studying or reading too.
12. A jug/sealable bottle
Having something to store water in overnight is a good idea, especially in the summer or after a night out! Nothing worse than having to leave your bed at 7am when you are hungover, in search of hydration!
13. A small TV
My halls did have a couple of common rooms with a TV in each. But you share these halls with a lot of people, so if you want to pick what you watch in the evenings or on a lazy day then get a TV for your room. This means you can also bring a games console with you and watch DVDs.
14. Ear plugs
You will need to drown out a lot of sounds. Most nights. Just get some.
15. Mattress protector
Who knows how long your mattress has been in that room? How many people have slept on it? How many people have… done other things on it? Just do the sanitary thing and get one and try not to think about the answers to those questions when you are trying to sleep.
16. Fancy dress outfits
You’re a student now. There will be a fancy dress party at least once a week. Maybe invest in a couple of outfits now, before you spend all your loan.
Pre drinks, flat parties, annoying your noisy neighbours early in the morning? They will come in handy, trust me.
They help drown out all the questionable sounds of halls and you can play music as loud as you like without disturbing anyone. Plus, if you are trying to ignore someone, headphones never let you down.
19. A doorstop
Be social in freshers week! When you are setting up your room or just chilling in there listening to Spotify, prop that door open! People walking past might even pop their head around your door and comment on your amazing taste in music!
20. Clothes drying rack
Sometimes it feels like a bit of a waste of money to use the tumble dryer when you could just hang it up to dry on a rack. The shower is a good place to put the clothes rack and the curtain rail in there can also be used to hang clothes on hangers to dry.
21. Food to share with new neighbours
OK, first of all I need to warn you, keep your good food in your room unless it has to be in the fridge/freezer. People will steal it. But on your first week maybe buy some sweets or crisps, a bottle of vodka or whiskey and share it with your new friends.
22. A pack of cards
Ring of fire. You will play this game. If you are not familiar with it you will be.
23. A torch
My halls electricity went all the time. A torch is a good investment. Or perhaps you have to share a bathroom? Instead of turning the main lights on use your torch.
24. A lighter
Smokers may need one, you might want to light candles or incense, the hob may need manually lighting if it’s as useless as mine was.
25. A sewing kit
Even if you can’t sew, bring one. Someone else may be able to and be willing to help you out or teach you. Don’t throw clothes away if they can be fixed. You won’t be able to afford new ones towards the end of term.
26. Blu-Tack and pins
This one is obvious. Putting up your photos and posters etc.
Remote controls, alarm clocks, you don’t want to be without either.
28. A first aid kit
You’re going to be a student. You will need one. Make sure you have plasters, antiseptic, pain killers and cold and flu supplies.
29. An umbrella
We live in the UK. Don’t be silly and forget to pack one. Even if you are lucky enough to live near campus you can still get drenched in the time it takes to get to your lecture and no one likes sitting around feeling damp all day.
30. A dressing gown
If you are cold, don’t want to show off your awesome Power Ranger PJs or, like my halls, the fire alarm goes off at ridiculous times and you are, ahem, wearing less than most, it’s handy to just grab it off the back of your door.
31. Slippers/flip flops
I don’t know what your bedroom floor is gonna be like but trust me, you do not want to be walking down the hall or in the kitchen barefoot. Invest in some ‘easy to put on’ footwear. They are also handy if the fire alarm goes off.
32. Fairy lights/lava lamp
My room was always pretty chill, I had fairy lights strung up of different colours and styles (blue and beige woven globes, yass) and a tapestry pinned above my bed so it was like I was in a fancy tent. Give your room a bit of ambience. Fairy lights on Amazon have student friendly price tags.
33. A throw
If you have friends around and you all sit on your bed to watch a movie, especially if you have snacks, you don’t want them sitting on your duvet or blanket. Invest in a throw, they are practical and they look pretty cool if you get a decent one.
34. Scatter cushions
Again, if you have some pals over for movie night you don’t want them leaning on what you put your head on at night. They also look really nice scattered over you bed during the day.
35. A spare light bulb
The last thing you want is to be plunged into darkness and not have a spare light bulb. Seriously, do the adult thing and get one.
36. Extra storage
Bring some storage boxes, those long thin plastic ones. They can fit under your bed or on the bottom of your wardrobe. Halls rooms are small so make the most of your space and don’t let things get too crowded.
37. A small toolkit
You may need to assemble an Ikea coffee table or take apart something to fix in your room. They are always handy to have around. Even if you can’t use them. Plus, a neighbour may need to use some but not have any with them. Go be that hero you know you can be and give your neighbour a spanner.
38. Snack box
Get yourself a nice little box and store any dry good snacks in there. If you keep them in the kitchen they will be eaten. Plus, most of your snacking will be done in your room when you study or watch movies. Or you’re just hungover.
39. A mirror
Most rooms don’t come with a mirror unless you have a bathroom. Sometimes there won’t even be one in your bathroom. Bring a mirror and drape your newly acquired fairy lights around it for a diva feel.
40. A beanbag
If you have space in your room a beanbag is awesome! More seating for friends, somewhere else to sit and stare at your laptop and it will go with all your other cool stuff you bring with you!
Now your room looks awesome, get out! Go mingle! Meet your new neighbours and make some friends! Talk to as many people as you can! Freshers week comes but once a year, plus, it’s kinda weird to knock on someone’s door in February and ask to be their friend.
Did I miss anything off my list? Can you think of other things you wish you remembered when you went to uni? Any advice for this year’s batch of freshers? You know the drill, let us know in the comments people!
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