What should I take to university?


You’ve got your place at university sorted, a place in halls lined up and your mum is panicking every day about what things you need to buy to take with you. Well help is at hand with our handy list of things to take.

However, before you run off to the shops remember you probably don’t need to go out and buy everything straight away. Universities often provide some of these things, and it can depend on what type of accommodation you will be staying in, so it’s best to make sure before you go on your shopping spree. Also, don’t forget university towns have shops too! So you can easily leave some big stuff, or non essential stuff until you arrive, or even team up with your new flat mates and share things like kettles, toasters, pots and pans.

Your halls will come with all the big furniture (ie. bed, chair, desk, wardrobe, drawers) and kitchen appliances such as a microwave.


  • Pillows and pillow cases
  • Duvet and duvet covers
  • Blanket
  • Sheets
  • Mattress cover
  • Linen basket
  • Notice board (your room may come with one, so it maybe worth waiting and buying this later)
  • Pads of paper
  • Pens, pencils, highlighters
  • Files
  • Sticky tape
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Post-it notes


  • Bath and hand towels
  • Wash bag
  • Toilet roll
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Soaps / Shower gels / Shampoo
  • Nail clippers
  • Deodorant
  • Hair gel and spray
  • Comb or brush
  • Razor (and shaving cream)
  • Other toiletries


If you’re not going self catering, you may not need to buy a lot of this, also remember that items such as kettles maybe provided by your university, and even if not, you could possibly share the purchase and use of one with your other flatmates.

  • Corkscrew / bottle opener
  • Mugs
  • Glasses
  • Kettle
  • Cutlery
  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Pots and pans
  • Egg cup
  • Tin opener
  • Scissors
  • Chopping knife
  • Chopping board
  • Cheese grater
  • Wooden spoon
  • Recipe books
  • Sandwich bags
  • Microwaveable bowl
  • Cling film
  • Tin foil
  • Sieve
  • Tea towels
  • Oven gloves
  • Washing up stuff
  • Food!


  • Alarm clock
  • Bedside / desk lamp
  • Laptop
  • USB pen drive
  • Printer (it’s easier than finding and paying for one at your uni)
  • Mobile and charger
  • Speakers
  • TV (remember you’ll also have to pay for a TV licence if you have a TV)
  • Multi plug adaptor / extension lead


  • All your usual clothes!
  • Dressing gown (good to slip on when having to go into communal areas like the kitchen)
  • Flip flops (useful for wearing in showers or communal wash areas)
  • Shirt and tie / nice dress for smart events

Anything we’ve missed? Let us know what you’d take in our comments!