The uni packing list: essential non-essentials – OurWarwick

The uni packing list: essential non-essentials

This time two years ago I was already planning what to take to uni. With the excitement of moving out, it’s so easy to forget about some items which although aren’t essential in the real world, are a necessity at uni. This list is to make sure you don’t forget them:


  • passport, ID, wallet (essential essentials)
  • Buy tickets in advance to Students’ Union events; pop week 1 tickets will instantly sell out and it’s a night out you don’t want to miss!
  • Fancy dress: a must for circling (you’ll learn the lingo once you’re a fresher but this is when societies get together before a night out and play drinking games- unsurprisingly sat in a circle)
  • Earplugs: there’s no surprise that it can sometimes get very noisy
  • Medicine: freshers flu is not a myth- bring paracetamol, ibuprofen, lemsip, strepsils etc.
  • Coat hangers
  • Slippers/flip flops if you share a bathroom
  • Wok- the only thing I cook in, perfect for stir fry, bolognese, chilli etc.
  • Oven gloves & tea towels
  • Tin opener, sieve, pizza tray (I forgot these and they’re dead useful)
  • Tupperware
  • Clothes horse (or airer or rack depending where you’re from)
  • Laundry bag
  • Photos, posters and decorations to make uni accommodation feel like your own home away from home
  • Scissors, stapler sellotape: They’re something you’ll always need but never have
  • Bags: holdall for weekend trips, backpack for lectures, small night out bag, sports bag.
  • Smart clothes if you think you’ll need to go to an interview (for a part-time job or internship)
  • Pack of cards
  • Mattress protector- adds some extra comfort as normally uni mattresses aren’t that great.


Although there are so many things you should bring, there are also items which won’t be used and can be kept at home:

  • Cookbook: although I promised myself I would use mine, it never made it off the bookshelf.
  • Car (apart from extenuating circumstances): there is no parking for first years and no need for a car as the transport links are so good & you live on campus. In second year I brought my car as lived in Leamington and will do so again this year.
  • Fancy kitchenware (or anything fancy to be honest): 99% of it will get lost or broken by the end of the year


Honestly I’m so excited to get back to uni for my final year. It’s a huge milestone moving away from home and although it can initially be a big change, it is AMAZING! Please feel free to message me or comment on this post if you have any questions about anything to do with the big move. Enjoy your last pre-uni summer! 🙂 x

  • Henry

    Thank you so much – one question how / where do you buy the SU freshers week tickets?


    • Community Help

      Isabel is no longer a blogger so can’t reply unfortunately. However, SU freshers tickets will go on sale from the SU website and you will receive an email about Welcome Week from them with all the details about dates and activities.


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