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/ 1 year ago /

 Article by Brenda Wong

This is the ultimate university student packing checklist

It’s not Hogwarts, but it’s definitely home – at least for the next nine months.

It’s that time of the year again! Whether you’re a fresher or a finalist, we’ve made this extensive list of things you should really chuck in the boot.

Pro tip: packing isn’t fun, but it is when you put this playlist on. 

Debut’s Ultimate Uni Student Packing Checklist

Bedroom

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Your uni room should be a sanctuary away from all the crazy, wonderful, overwhelming experiences you’ll no doubt have. Here’s our list of things that’ll turn your rented room into your home away from home.

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  • Jersey sheets and duvet/comforter set. Trust us, they’re way comfier.
  • Foam topper. This is to protect your mattress from any, uh, weird stains.
    (No judging!)
  • Extra pillowcases
  • One extra fluffy pillow
  • An air mattress or a sleeping bag for any visiting home friends
  • A fluffy throw
  • Fairy lights
  • Polaroids and photos for your bare, sad-looking bedroom wall
  • A rug. It gets cold in the winter, yo.
  • A squeegee – this is ridiculously useful for getting rid of condensation, and therefore, any potential damp

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  • Bulletin board/dry-erase board
  • Push pins/magnets
  • Whiteboard marker pens
  • Desk/floor lamp
  • Full-length mirror
  • Clothes hangers (and plenty of them)
  • Behind-the-door adhesive hooks
  • Stackable shoe rack
  • A bin
  • Storage containers for under your bed
  • A medium-sized fan (to air out your room in the winter, and to cool down in the summer)
  • A secret mini-safe for your valuables (we found this cool one on Ebay)

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[full_width]Kitchen[/full_width]

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Now, we’ve just gone for the basics. All you Insta-cooks will probably have your own extensive list, but this will definitely get you through a year without having to resort to Pot Noodles.

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  • Large dishes
  • Small dishes
  • Cereal/pasta bowls
  • Cutlery (forks, spoons, knives, chopsticks, whatever you fancy)
  • Cups
  • Mugs
  • Oven mitts
  • Tea towels
  • Large oven tray
  • Medium oven tray
  • Muffin tin
  • Kettle

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  • Toaster
  • Dustpan
  • Tinfoil
  • Clingfilm
  • Tupperware (a few different sizes)
  • Utensils (spatulas, ladles, tongs, kitchen scissors, kitchen knives, potato masher)
  • Hand soap
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Medium-size wok
  • Medium-size saucepan
  • Large saucepan (for soups and stews)
  • Medium-size frying pan
  • Pancake pan (for Pancake Day, obviously)

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[full_width]Laundry[/full_width]

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No, keeping it all in your hamper and then bringing it back for your mum to do at Christmas is not the one.

  • Laundry hamper
  • Iron or portable steamer
  • Ironing board
  • Huge, economical box of detergent
  • Drying rack (try not to dry your clothes in your room as this will increase damp in the winter)
  • Bleach
  • Fabric softener
  • Emergency sewing kit
  • Vanish or a similar stain remover
  • Lingerie bag (so your delicates won’t get holey in the wash)

Bathroom

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We’ll say this now: if you keep your stuff in the communal bathroom, they will get used.

We’ll also say this now: if you use other people’s stuff and finish them, karma will get ya if you don’t replace it.

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  • Two big bath towels
  • Fuzzy bathrobe
  • Bath rug / shower mat
  • Hand towel
  • Portable shower caddy for your toiletries
  • Air freshener (trust us)
  • Bathroom cleaning supplies (drain unblocker, toilet brush, toilet cleaner, shower cleaner, rubber cloths and sponges)
  • Toiletries
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Mouthwash
    • Floss (we know, the benefits of flossing are unproven, but nothing makes you feel more ‘with it’ than when you floss in the morning)
    • Shower gel
    • Shampoo
    • Conditioner
    • Face wash
    • Face moisturiser
    • Body lotion
    • Sudocrem (for bumps, cuts and any stray spots)
    • Lip balm
    • Hand cream
    • Deodorant
    • Shaving cream
    • Sunblock
    • Makeup wipes or makeup remover
    • Face/hair treatment masks (for those flatmate beauty bonding sessions. Yes boys. You too.)

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  • Accessories
    • Hair dryer
    • Face mirror
    • Brush/comb
    • Contact lenses, solution and case
    • Cotton buds
    • Cotton balls
    • Hair straighteners/curlers
    • Hair ties (bring lots, they always go missing)
    • Nail clippers / toenail clippers
    • Nail file
    • Tweezers
    • Razor
    • Tampons and pads
    • Toilet paper (just in case)
    • Bobby pins
    • Headband

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Now, we thought about dividing this by boys & girls, but that would be terribly gender-normative of us. So cross off all the ones that don’t apply to you before you start packing!

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  • Pyjamas
  • Comfy pants
  • Nicer, perhaps not so comfy pants
  • Bras
  • Sport bras
  • Blue jeans
  • Black jeans
  • Day dresses
  • Going out dresses
  • Button-down shirts
  • T-shirts (band shirts, your favourite movie, this is your chance to turn your top into a conversation starter.)
  • Going out clothes (only you know what that means for yourself)
  • Hoodies
  • Rain/wind jacket
  • Skirts

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  • Shorts
  • Tights/leggings
  • Coats
  • Professional clothing (blazers, nice slacks, that one dress that makes you feel like an adult)
  • Sports socks
  • Cartoon socks
  • Slipper socks
  • Workout clothes
  • Jumpers
  • Tank tops
  • Day trainers
  • Sports shoes
  • High heels (that you can realistically walk in)
  • Winter boots
  • Wellies
  • A bag big enough to fit your laptop (one that you’ll affectionately say ‘contains your entire life’)
  • Your going-out purse (that can fit your phone, ID and keys)

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[full_width]Tech[/full_width]

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Weird things the author saw during her time at university: a guy who exclusively typed on a typewriter and carted it around during lectures. Keep typing away, typewriter guy.

 

  • Laptop
  • Phone
  • Tablet (this will be particularly useful
    for lectures, especially if you have a portable small keyboard)
  • Camera
  • Camera SD card
  • Chargers (phone, laptop, camera, etc.)
  • USB drives
  • An extra phone cable (they always break)
  • HDMI cable (so you can put your Netflix on your flatmate’s big TV)

 

  • A Microsoft Office subscription
    (your notes are going to look so swish.
    But if not, Google Docs is pretty good too.)
  • Bluetooth speakers
  • Portable phone charger
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Printer ink
  • Printer paper
  • Wireless mouse and keyboard
  • Voice recorder for lectures (make sure you ask your lecturer for permission first!)
  • Laptop case
  • Laptop pro-up stand (to fix your terrible posture)

 

Stationery

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Ah. Nothing like the smell of fresh notebook paper in the morning.

 

  • Ballpoint pens
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Highlighter pens (preferably scented, obvs)
  • Desk calendar
  • Postcards (to send home)
  • Envelopes
  • Scientific calculator
  • Ruler (you’ll be surprised at how many times you’ll use this)
  • Measuring tape
  • Folders
  • Plastic wallets for your folders
  • Index cards
  • Notebooks
  • Sticky notes
  • Permanent markers
  • Stapler and staples
  • Paperclips
  • Clear sticky tape
  • Masking tape
  • Hole-punch
  • Glue
  • White-tac (not blue – they’ll stain your walls!)
  • Desk fan
  • Rubber bands
  • Wrapping paper

 

Emergency

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Because you’ll inevitably have a few of those.

 

  • Hayfever tablets
  • Inhaler
  • Aloe vera lotion
  • Antiseptic lotion or wipes
  • Bandages
  • Contraception
  • Cold and flu meds
  • Lemsip
  • Decongestant
  • Eye drops
  • First aid kit
  • Insect repellent
  • Prescription medicine
  • Prescription information

 

  • Painkillers
  • Thermometer
  • Iodine
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Throat lozenges
  • Throat spray
  • Upset tummy medication
  • Vaseline
  • Ankle guard / knee guard (for any potential sprains)
  • Pepper spray
  • Mini alarm / whistle
  • Emergency contact list
  • Spare phone (like an old Nokia) and charger
  • Fire blanket
  • Mini fire extinguisher
  • Strong flashlight

 

Party

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“Finally, she gets to the important stuff.” Alright guys, I got there in the end. It’s our job to tell you to drink responsibly, so, drink responsibly please!

  • Fancy dress
    • 1920s themed
    • Anything-but-clothes
    • Ancient Greek
    • 80s-themed
    • Halloween costume
    • Something beginning with the first letter of your name
    • Face paint
    • Temporary hair colour spray
    • Face glitter (this is mandatory)
    • Recycled cardboard and acrylic paint
  • Shot glasses
  • Jelly moulds (for vodka jelly)
  • Playing cards
  • Cards Against Humanity
  • Earplugs
  • Flask
  • Fishbowl (or large, clear bowl)

Extra Bits

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Now, for the things you’ll definitely need but don’t quite fit into our neat categories.

 

  • Passport
  • Driver’s license
  • Car registration and insurance information
  • Copy of birth certificate
  • Copy of National Insurance
  • Credit card
  • Debit card
  • Uni enrolment documents
  • Health/dental information
  • Copy of house contract/lease
  • Product warranties for your techy bits
  • Student ID
  • Folder for important documents
  • Journal

 

  • Picnic blanket
  • Beach towel
  • Bicycle
  • Bicycle helmet
  • Bicycle lock
  • Musical instruments (yes, be that dude playing Wonderwall on the guitar)
  • Sleep mask
  • Suitcase
  • Mini tool kit
  • Mini vacuum cleaner
  • Yoga mat

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