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Students chatting in their university accommodation bedroom.

You might not know where to start when thinking about what you should bring to university. To guide you, here is a non-exhaustive list of items that you may not have thought about bringing. You may find they’re just as essential as the items you’ve already listed.

TOP TIP: Before moving in, check what your university provides. Do they have a kettle and microwave? If not, these are things that you and your flatmates could buy. Make sure everyone chips in.

Photos of you with loved ones

Having photos of family, friends and supporters will help you settle in during the first few weeks. Frame your favourite ones and put them on your desk. That way, you can always see a friendly face when you’re working.
Student Nevaeh says, “things that remind you of home can bring you great comfort if you feel homesick or stressed”. Bringing her childhood stuffed toy helped Nevaeh to feel at home in her new surroundings.

Extension lead

You can’t guarantee there’ll always be enough plug sockets for your electronics, so extension leads always come in handy. Plug one in underneath your desk to keep pesky wires out of the way. If you’re tired of working at your desk, it’ll also allow you to enjoy the convenience of working in bed.

Bedside table lamp

The warm glow of a bedside lamp creates a homely atmosphere – an essential for those cosy nights in. The last thing you want after a long day of lectures is to stick the big light on in your room. Invest in a lamp that emits a soft glow to help you unwind.

Important documents folder

Having an organised folder of important documents such as your passport, national insurance number, and bank statements will make information easier to find. You can try ordering your documents alphabetically or numerically. Make sure to store the folder somewhere where others can’t access it.

USB stick

This will be one of your university essentials. Keep your assignments to hand by saving all your important files on a USB. If your laptop displays the dreaded blue screen, you’ll be saved from the panic of having to restore everything. Remember to save your documents to the cloud for extra security.

Shoe rack

Edge Hill student Josephina says, “It’s good to have a certain place to put your shoes to prevent dirtiness”. A shoe rack is also prefect for organisation, as you’ll be less tempted to leave your footwear lying around.

Clothes airer/horse

If you’re living in private accommodation, you’ll need to consider your energy costs. Tumble dryers are expensive to run, so save your pennies by investing in a clothes airer. You can place this in your room by an open window, or by a radiator in the colder months.


Speakers are great for flat bonding sessions and for hosting get-togethers. They can even make cooking and cleaning more exciting, increasing your productivity. If you need an icebreaker, create a playlist, and get everyone in your flat to add a song or two. That way, you’ll get to know everyone’s music taste and it will spark conversation.

Packet of biscuits

Nothing breaks the ice like the sound of a packet of biscuits being opened. When all parents and supporters have left, park yourself in the kitchen and offer your flatmates a brew and a biscuit. You’ll be surprised by how quickly you can make friends by doing this.

Laundry basket

A laundry basket is a must. Place it in your room, preferably in your line of vision. By doing this, you can avoid leaving dirty clothes on the floor. It can also make you feel more productive as it’ll keep you on top of your clothes washing routine.

July 31, 2023


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