Student Essentials: What to bring to Uni

If it’s your first time at university then the chances are this will be the first time you leave home for longer than a week or two. For many this will be the most exciting and adventurous time of your life to date but also can be a little daunting. This guide is to help make the whole process a little easier and less stressful for you.


Most students will start their first year living in halls which normally provides you with a big enough room but probably not enough space to bring all your belongings from home, so be wise and selective!


The main priority for your room should be comfort. After all you will be sleeping here every night for at least the next year. For a touch of colour, decorate with photos and make sure you bring plenty of cushions; you can never have enough cushions! Feel free to pack a teddy, don’t worry it’s not uncool to take your favourite teddy with you!

Other essentials for your bedroom:

  • Hangers
  • Bedding
  • Alarm clock
  • Extension cable
  • Ethernet cable (the Wi-Fi isn’t always the most reliable)
  • A diffuser


Depending on where you are studying, you can have the option of catered or self-catered accommodation in your first year. However if you’re in Bolton university accommodation, you’ll be self-catering and here are the essentials which you’ll require:

  • Cutlery and crockery (keep it minimal, the more you have the more you have to wash up)
  • Pans and colander
  • Tin and bottle opener
  • Tupperware or Pyrex dishes (good for cooking in and also storing food for the fridge)
  • Glassware and a mug


This next section will include all the items you need for your studies:

  • Laptop (this should double up as your TV too)
  • External Hard drive (take a backup of your work regularly)
  • A diary
  • Pens and highlighters
  • Lever-arch files with dividers
  • Notepads


The items listed above should be the bare minimum to get you set up and is a good solid base, now for some things which aren’t essential but will add to the whole Uni experience:

  • Playing cards (a good start for any drinking games)
  • Fancy dress outfit
  • Beer pong cups
  • Sports equipment


Clothing might seem like an obvious addition but depending on where you are in the country you may need to be geared up for adverse weather conditions:

  • Slippers and/or flip flops (great for communal showers)
  • Dressing gown
  • Trainers
  • Waterproof or umbrella
  • Black tie outfit (for fresher’s balls, sports parties and other formal events)


Now lastly, things that you shouldn’t take particularly in your first year:

  • A car, it may seem like a cool idea to be the only one out of your friends with one but it won’t be necessary and the hassle and costs to keep it are worth avoiding.
  • A TV, it’s likely to take up space you don’t have and it’s unsociable, there’s no reason why you can’t use your laptop if you’re desperate to catch up on the latest soaps.


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