University Checklist- What you need

Preparing to go to university can be difficult. How do you know which items to take and which to leave behind? To help you, here is a university checklist of all the things you need to take.

Important Documents

  • Passport or any other form of ID
  • Driver’s License (if you have one)
  • National Insurance card/details
  • University documents: university acceptance letter, course acceptance letter, details of accommodation and contract
  • Student Finance documents
  • Bank card and account details
  • Student Discount cards (for example, NUS card or 16-25 railcard)

Study Essentials

  • Study books
  • Pens, pencils & highlighters
  • Notebooks
  • Ruler and eraser
  • Cello tape
  • Stapler and staples
  • Paperclips
  • Post-it notes
  • Folder


  • Laptop and charger or computer
  • Mobile phone and charger (don’t forget a spare charger)
  • Extension cable
  • Ethernet cable
  • USB memory stick


  • Clothes for all seasons, plus smart wear
  • Shoes for all seasons
  • Slippers/flip-flops
  • Coat/Jacket
  • Casual clothes
  • Nightwear


  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Towel
  • Washbag
  • Deodorant
  • Hair brush
  • Other Personal items

Other toiletries can be purchased from shops/supermarkets near university.

Room practicalities and Home comforts

  • Duvet, pillow and cases
  • Clothes hangers
  • Laundry basket or bag
  • Desk fan
  • Desk lamp
  • Torch
  • Ear plugs
  • Umbrella
  • Alarm clock

Medical Supplies

  • Personal prescription medicine
  • Plasters
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Antiseptic cream

Kitchen Equipment

  • Cutlery and chopping board
  • Kettle, toaster, microwave
  • Saucepans and a frying pan
  • Baking tray
  • Measuring jug
  • Glasses and mugs
  • Tin opener
  • Peeler
  • Grater
  • Cling film 
  • Tin foil
  • Tea towels
  • Recipe book (optional)

If you’re living in halls of residence or other shared private accommodation, you will most likely have a fully stocked kitchen.

Keeping your valuables safe

  • Avoid leaving your room unlocked
  • Take out necessary insurance for personal possessions
  • Don’t leave valuable items on view from the outside