Are you about to start your education and are unsure what to bring to university? Moving out of home for the first time can be nerve-wracking and exciting all at once. You will likely meet new people, make new friends, explore a new city or town, and get involved with activities that you might have never done while living under your parents’ roof. But how do you get the most from this experience? Preparing ahead of time can help tremendously when it comes to making your first year of university and university accommodation as stress-free as possible. You should remember all your documents and all your clothes and other miscellaneous items.
There are so many little things that you probably won’t think about until it’s too late; whether that being things like pots & pans for your kitchen space, fairy lights or storage solutions for your closet space, or even toiletries in case the bathrooms aren’t stocked up when you move in.

We created this ultimate uni checklist to help you find the answer to the question: What to take to university?

Important documents for the university packing list

One of the first things you should gather is all of your important documents. This includes your insurance documents, your driver’s license, your passport, and financial documents such as your loans, credit card, and social security card. Make sure you have at least two copies of each in a safe place. You can either scan and save them electronically or print them out and put them in a fire-safe box or safe. You will want to also gather your university and admissions letters, school transcripts, and any other academic documents related to your studies. Make sure you know where your study abroad program or foreign exchange host is so you can bring those documents with you as well.

Essentials for the bedroom in university

You will have limited space in your bedroom, so the things you bring should be functional and fit your specific needs. Get a firm grip on what your furniture setup will be. Will there be a desk, bed, or a combination of both? If there is a desk, are there any outlets nearby? What about storage space like drawers or shelves? What type of bed will you have? Single bed? Twin? Double? There are many different types of beds, so make sure you know the exact dimensions of what you will be having. Think about how many pillows you need. You will need a blanket, a bedspread, pillows and pillowcases, and a mattress protector. Also, don’t forget about a replacement for the bedding. A table lamp and alarm clock are also essential for your bedroom.

Once you know your sleeping place, then you can start to think about what items you need the most. There is nothing worse than trying to find a place to put all your books, clothes, chargers and other things when moving into a new dorm room. There are many different types of storage solutions available for university dorm room. Some options include bar height shelving units, hanging closet organizers, drawer organizers, chest and dresser drawers, shelf dividers and more. Some are designed specifically for use in the university living room while others can be used anywhere.
It’s important to find the right type of storage solution that works best for your room and lifestyle. Make sure you have a few coat hangers to hang up your clothes and a few shelves to put your personal items on. If you think you’ll be doing a lot of work from your bed, you might want to get a desk that has drawers and/or shelves for extra storage space.

Stationery for the University

If you’re going to be at university, it’s pretty much a given that you’re going to need some form of stationary. Whether it’s an envelope, a notebook, or a pen, you’ll probably need something to keep track of your assignments, lectures, and tests. You can get all kinds of different stationery on campus. You can get notebooks and envelopes from bookstores and stationery stores. But you can also find desk organizers online that might work for you. You can even go with a basic paper, pens and pencils setup if you prefer. Whatever kind of stationery you choose, make sure it’s the right size for your needs. You don’t want to have to keep adding paper every time you write something down. That’s just wasteful!

Bathroom accessories for university packing list

The best way to ensure that your bathroom is stocked up with the essentials is to bring your own. If you know what bathroom you’ll be using, you can start planning what toiletries you’ll need. Start with a basic toothbrush, hair dryer, toothpaste, hand soap, toilet paper, and shampoo. If you have sensitive skin, make sure you have an extra bottle of moisturizing cream. If you wear makeup, you likely have tons of makeup brushes and sponges. If you’re on a budget, you need to buy reusable makeup sponges and brushes. You might also want to get a hair dryer if your bathroom doesn’t have one already. Remember not to fill your bathroom drawers or cabinets with items that other students might need.

Basic cleaning supplies you need to bring to university

If your university is anything like others, it will be a crazy mess when you first arrive. Bugs, mice, and cockroaches are common in student housing. You can bring along some basic cleaning products such as disinfecting wipes, disposable gloves, hand sanitizer, and a small broom and dustpan. If you have allergies, you might need to take additional precautions. Whatever you do, don’t bring your vacuum cleaner. You’re not allowed to use it in your residence hall. Additionally, don’t bring your own mop unless you want it to smell like old gym socks. Your university will usually have a cleaning service once a week. If you have allergies, you can bring along some allergy medicine and a mask if you think it’s necessary.

Electrical devices and appliances for university packing list

If you are planning on bringing your computer, make sure you decide whether to bring a desktop or laptop computer. Depending on how often you travel, you may choose to have a laptop and a second hard drive. If you bring a desktop computer, you may want to get a laptop stand so you can easily move it around. You can also bring a printer if you have a lot of printing to do. Just make sure it’s small enough to fit in your room.

Kitchen supplies and food for university packing list

If you have a special dietary need or allergy, you may have a device or appliance that you use on a regular basis to keep yourself safe and healthy. This could be a food processor, a blender, a microwave, a rice cooker, or a toaster oven. Some universities allow you to bring your own appliances, while others don’t. Be sure to check with your university first before purchasing.

You can bring a small table and a mini fridge as well if you want to have your food on there instead of in the appliances. You can bring as many pots and pans as you want, but make sure that they are small enough to fit in the appliances. You can also bring any other kitchen utensils that you might need, such as plates, bowls, bottle opener, coffee maker, and drinking glasses. You’re allowed to bring as much food as you want for the first week, but after that, you can only bring food that can stay fresh for a week.

University clothes

You’ll want to bring a few pairs of shoes, some pairs of slippers, and a winter jacket if you’re going to a university in a cold climate. You might also want to bring a few casual outfits as well as some nicer clothes for parties and events. You can also bring a few accessories like a hat, gloves, and scarfs for when the weather changes. 

Universities usually have a laundry room on each floor so you can do your laundry whenever you need to. If there isn’t a laundry room in your building, you can take your everyday clothes to a nearby laundromat. 

Entertainment items and games for university packing list

There will be many days when you’re bored out of your mind. There’s only so many times you can go to the library or out to eat. You might want to bring a board game or two, some puzzles, and/or some cards. You can also bring some musical items like a guitar, keyboard, or drum set. If you are a big gamer, you can also bring your gaming console or VR headset. If you’re a creative person, you can bring some painting supplies, a sketch pad, or some art supplies. If you like to sing or dance, you can bring a microphone or your favorite instrument. You can also bring some sports equipment like a basketball, football, or a soccer ball if you want to play with friends.

Personal care items for university

This one is pretty self-explanatory. You can bring any items that you use on a regular basis for your personal care. This could be anything from makeup, sunscreen, feminine hygiene products, vitamins, nail clippers, hairbrushes, hair ties, hair dryers, curling irons, razors, shaving cream, shaving blades, face masks, body lotions, or colognes. You can bring as much as you want, but just make sure they don’t take up too much space in your room. If you have special dietary needs, you can bring along special food like gluten-free foods or vegan snacks to eat. You can also bring your favorite snacks if you want to


We hope that this article will help you gather everything you need for university and that your studies will be easy and fun. Our company understands that moving to a student house is an exciting and time-consuming process. Torex is the best university movers. Choose us as student movers, and we will help you to prepare, think through and make your move to university as comfortable as possible.