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What to Bring to University and What Not to Bring

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Jessica Man | Chemistry 3 year Variants Contact Jessica

Moving into university could quite possibly be one of the most stressful moments of your freshers experience. Worrying about the fact that you may have left something vital at home is something that comes into everyone’s mind right at the start of term, but rest-assured, if you plan well ahead with plenty of preparation, you should be fine! There are also plenty of places near campus that you can go to in a moment of crisis if you’ve forgotten something. Though, I find that most people have the tendency to overpack and just shove random things into bags instead of planning. Here’s my guide to efficient packing for moving in.

Essentials:

  • Duvet, sheets, mattress protector, covers, pillows, blankets etc (take extras)
  • Laundry bag/basket
  • Laundry capsules etc
  • Drying rack for laundry
  • Medicine
  • Clothes hangers and over the door hangers
  • Sliders
  • Room decorations (photos, fairy lights – not essential but just nice to spruce up your room)
  • Stationery (pens, paper, scissors and Sellotape etc)
  • Laptop/desktop/chargers
  • Tissues
  • Desk lamp
  • Towels
  • Wall hangers for towels
  • Shower stuff and soaps
  • Bathroom cleaning supplies (bleach and toilet brush etc)
  • Toilet roll
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush (you’d be surprised how many people forget these!)
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Mugs, pans, chopping board, plates, bowels
  • Washing up liquid
  • Tea towel
  • Cling film and foil
  • Bin bags
  • Baking trays
  • Tuppaware and bottles

‘Clothes’ deserve a whole separate paragraph. I am a firm believer that one can never have too many clothes… however, after being at university for a whole year, it occurred to me that all people ever wear are hoodies and sweats. Regardless of the time of year, it’s always good to have a few sets of tracksuits in your wardrobe for comfort. For occasions when you don’t want to be looking like a sweater slob, it’s important to pack some nice clubbing/going-out clothes and shoes. After all, it’s always nice to dress to impress! Generally, in winter months, pack a fair number of thick coats and tracksuits, then when the spring/summer months approach, you can start bringing out lighter clothes. Another thing to keep in mind is special occasions and socials where it’ll be good to prepare and bring up costumes/outfits for themed nights.

A final note would be to make sure that you are well stocked up with alcohol and food! Sure you can always buy these from shops when you need, but it’s always good to have the essentials at hand, especially when you’re recovering from Fresher’s Flu or waking up hungover from a late night!

I can safely say that there were things I took up to university in my first term that I never even touched or used in my first year. On the one hand, it’s better to overpack and be safe than sorry, but at the same time, you’ve got to ask yourself, “do I really NEED everything I intend to take up?”

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Jessica Man | Chemistry 3 year Variants Contact Jessica

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