A list of everything you need to take to University – OurWarwick

A list of everything you need to take to University

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Amelia Stone | Politics and International Studies (PAIS) Contact Amelia

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably secured your place at University, so congratulations! Now, it’s time to get packing!

Moving to University is undoubtedly a stressful period. Not only is it likely to be a step out of your comfort zone, what with practically starting a new life, moving to a new place and living with entirely new people, but there is also an awful lot to get together and prepare before you start. The last thing you need is to arrive at University and realise you’ve forgotten to pack any underwear, or your toothbrush.

But do not fear, I am here to be of assistance. As my younger sister is also starting University this September, I put together a list of things that she may want to bring with her to University (some more essential than others). So, I thought it could be useful to share this with you as you prepare to begin your life at the University of Warwick.

I’ve broken the list into a few different categories (leaving out food and clothes, I trust your judgement on this). I will cover what you may need for your bedroom, your bathroom/toiletries, any electrics, things you’ll need for the Kitchen and any other important things that may not fit into these categories but aren’t to be forgotten.


  • All of your bedding (pillows, duvets, covers for both and any cushions, throws, mattress toppers or protectors you want)
  • You may want to bring a lamp
  • Clothes hangers
  • A bin (if not provided)
  • Books (for your course and general reading)
  • A hair dryer / curlers / straighteners
  • A mirror
  • A speaker (if you’d like)
  • Clothes horse/dryer could come in handy, but there are dryers at the launderette on campus which you can pay to use (I always did).
  • A hot water bottle
  • Notebooks/paper
  • Folders and organisers
  • Stationary (pencil case)
  • A calendar/diary
  • A calculator (if you need one for your course)
  • A laundry bag (to transport your clothes to the launderette)
  • Washing tablets / fabric conditioner
  • A small hand wash you could use to wash the odd bits in your room (for when you run out of Underwear but can’t quite face a trip to the launderette)
  • Snacks you may want to keep in your room
  • Any board games/ other games
  • Decorations – pictures, plants, fairy lights, posters, ornaments (taking the time to make your room feel homely is 100% worth it)
  • Blue tac
  • A fan or heater
  • A door stop


  • All your normal bits (shampoo, conditioner, body washes, face products, deodorants, makeup etc.)
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Towels
  • Hand towels
  • You could buy a bathroom mat if you have an en suite
  • Things to clean your room with (anti-bac wipes?)
  • Air freshener
  • Something to hold your toiletries in and take them to the bathroom in if you have a shared bathroom (I always kept mine in a little box that was easy to take with me)
  • A first aid kit (plasters, pain killers, allergy tablets etc.)
  • Tweezers & nail clippers
  • Cotton buds
  • Period stuff
  • Hand soap if you have an en-suite
  • Plenty of face masks and hand sanitiser (of course)
  • A pack of hair bobbles/clips
  • Some spare toilet rolls (in case anything ever runs out)


  • Laptop (there are also free computers etc. you can use on campus)
  • Laptop charger
  • Phone charger (I’d recommend bringing a spare)
  • Extension lead
  • Memory USB stick
  • Printer (if you feel you need one, there are plenty across campus to use)


  • Different sized pans (frying pans, saucepans, a wok)
  • Cutlery (I promise you you will lose every piece of cutlery you bring, so take a whole set)
  • Cups, glasses and mugs (and shot glasses if you fancy)
  • A measuring jug
  • Plates & bowls (maybe 2 of each)
  • Chopping board
  • Set of knives
  • Cooking utensils (spoon, spatula etc. – if you get silicone ones your food won’t stick to them as badly)
  • Baking tray
  • Tupperware (a great way to save money and make life easier is to cook lots and eat it over multiple nights)
  • Cling film, tin foil & maybe some sandwich bags
  • A colander
  • Oven gloves
  • Tea towels (keep some in your room so they don’t all get ruined instantly)
  • Washing up liquid & sponges
  • A grater
  • Scissors

Other important things

  • Have a student bank account set up, and keep all the paperwork with you (look into the best deals you can get when you sign up for an account, for me I got a £70 amazon voucher and free amazon prime for the year, so definitely have a look around + sort any overdraft out)
  • Have your NHS number to hand if you have one
  • Have your National Insurance number to hand if you have one
  • You could keep copies of your CV
  • Your passport
  • Your driving license/provisional/some form of ID
  • Any student discount cards
  • Have a Unidays/student beans set up
  • You could keep any important University documentation of your acceptance and accommodation on you
  • Come with a rough budget plan (I didn’t, it was a mistake – I never learnt)
  • A bag that can carry around any books/laptop etc. to lectures and seminars
  • Some slippers or sliders (beware of the kitchen floor)
  • A small suitcase or bag for if you’re popping home for the weekend/visiting friends/going on a trip.
  • Shopping bags (bags for life) or some sort of holdall for your weekly shops
  • You could bring a trolly token so that you don’t have to carry round a pound coin (useful for lockers also)
  • Plenty of comfy clothes to wear around the flat (a dressing gown was pretty essential for me)

I may well have forgotten a few bits along the way (feel free to comment below if I’ve missed any essentials!), but I hope this can help you get going with your packing as you prepare to embark upon your University experience. As someone who’s just graduated, I’m incredibly jealous of anyone only just beginning their time at University, and I hope that you have the best time!

If you have absolutely any questions about packing, preparing to start University, or anything about Warwick in general, you can always message me here on OurWarwick.

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Amelia Stone | Politics and International Studies (PAIS) Contact Amelia
  • el24

    This is so useful! Thank you!


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